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Stronger than any Goodbye (Più forte di ogni addio)

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Original Language: Italian | 380 pp. | May 2019

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

Rights sold: the Netherlands (Uitgeverij Luitingh-Sijthoff). Under option: Germany, Poland, Arabic.

Over 30,000 copies sold. Over 120,000 copies sold in his titles

YOUNG ADULT

Book by book, Enrico Galiano has become an idol to his readers. There is no-one who can talk to adolescents and adults alike using universal language of emotions.

It’s important to say what you feel and say it at the right moment. This is what Michele and Nina are about to discover, when they meet by chance on the train taking them to school in their last year in High School. Nina has learned that life’s little blusters can be too strong for a delicate orchid like herself. For protection, she always wears the necklace her father gave her, because when she holds it in her fingers she feels stronger than anything. Michele is stronger than anything because he can taste everything around him in so many different ways. To him, colours, smells, words are far more than they appear to be. Since he lost his sight five years previously, he sees everything in greater depth. This short journey is all it takes for them to get to know one another and realise they get on and like one another. All they need for conversations that seem never-ending and to recognize in the other the same confusion, the same questions without answers. Michele teaches Nina the value of every single, little thing and not to let herself stop being surprised day by day. Nina teaches Michele there’s no need for regrets and you must give the embrace you can hardly repress and say the words that are tickling your throat. Yet it is she herself, when destiny is about to separate them, who cannot say how important Michele is. Both of them will have to fight for that sentiment – budding yet immense – and learn to seize the moment that rushes past, like life, like the years, like the future.

Enrico Galiano was born in Pordenone in 1977. He teaches in a school in the suburbs and is creator of the webseries Cose da prof/Teacher Stuff, which has had over ten million visits on Facebook. In 2015 he was included in the list of the 100 best teachers in Italy by the website Masterprof.it. For Garzanti he has published Eppure cadiamo felici e Tutta la vita che vuoi.