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New York Magazine: "There's an enormous amount of vitality in this story of a wealthy Jewish family fallen on hard times. The writing, by turns comic and tragic, feverishly relates their self-destructive acts, from profligacy to philandering."

Date: Sep 10 2007

DISCOVER A HOT ITALIAN NOVELIST

The debut novel from young Italian writer Alessandro Piperno won its author lots of attention in his home country two years ago. This new translation (from Europa Editions, a godsend for those into contemporary European writing) let us in on the excitement: There's an enormous amount of vitality in this story of a wealthy Jewish family fallen on hard times. The writing, by turns comic and tragic, feverishly relates their self-destructive acts, from profligacy to philandering.