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Stolen Daylight (Luce Rubata al Giorno)

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Original Language: Italian | 240 pp. | January 2019

2 Seas represents: Dutch, World English, Nordic, French and Portuguese Rights.

Rights sold: Czech Republic (Host), the Netherlands (Signatuur, in a pre-empt)

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LITERARY FICTION

This is a novel of well calibrated form made of gracefully balanced words, in an attempt to create order in a story of profound family torment that invades nature, creating an amalgam where it is difficult, in the end, to distinguish between feelings and landscape.  

Lastly, this novel investigates the possibility of an attempt to stop loving, when the object of our love is as indispensable as it is destructive.

Engineers talk about “permissible stress”: the greatest strain a building can stand before collapsing.  The Empire State Building, for example, survived a B-25 Bomber crash. During the summer that changed his life forever, Olmo really is building a model of the Empire State Building: with infinite patience, aware that the building’s strength lies in each little individual brick. But what is the permissible stress for a family, for the love that keeps people together?

Olmo, his elder brother Diego and their grandfather are in Val d’Aosta, in the chalet their parents bought before they died. The hope is that those wonderful places will bring peace to Diego’s angry and restless spirit, when he finds a job in a summer camp there.  But as soon as the wind rises, the ski-lifts tremble and the dark shadows of clouds loom in the valleys.

Only Olmo realizes that Diego is slipping away into a universe where no-one can reach him, a delirium that seems to grow and touch the heavens.

And he would give anything to save him.

Emanuele Altissimo was born in 1987 in Turin, where he graduated with a thesis on David Foster Wallace and attended a two-year creative writing course at the Scuola Holden.