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Domenico Starnone

Domenico Starnone

Domenico Starnone is an Italian writer, screenwriter and journalist. He was born in Naples and lives in Rome. He is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including First Execution (Europa, 2009), Via Gemito, winner of Italy's most prestigious literary prize, the Strega.

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Join prize-winning authors Jhumpa Lahiri and Domenico Starnone as they tour the East Coast to celebrate the release of TIES.
"This novel is playing a very sophisticated game and the reader will quickly understand that we are in the hands of a very, very intelligent writer."
Whether you’re traveling to exotic locales this summer or in the mood for some deck-chair travel, you can find the perfect novel with which to while away the long summer days below.

Latest reviews

  • “[a] slim, stunning meditation on marriage, fidelity, honesty, and truth.”
    — Kirkus, Nov 14 2017
  • “Ties is an extraordinary novel. Most striking is that Ties reveals that beneath our manufactured roles of husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, and of children, we are all human, deeply flawed and often with irrepressible desires and drives.”
    — World Literature Today, Aug 25 2017
  • “That’s where Ties really excels [...] the power is in its exploration of intimacy—all the trust, the fear, the hope—when it’s under siege, when those closest to us have the ability to cause us the most pain, and they’re doing it.”
    — The Mookse and the Gripes, Aug 8 2017
  • “Starnone captures and dissects a vast array of concerns in a slim volume, neatly structured and tightly plotted, yet at the same time open-ended, without definitive answers or solutions."
    — Asymptote Journal, Jul 18 2017
  • “Starnone renders narrative time telescopically as well as microscopically, so that fleeting moments expand and entire decades contract within the same paragraph."
    — Public Books, Jul 14 2017
  • "An emotionally affecting work, "Ties” explores what binds people together and what forces them apart."
    — The New York Times, Jun 1 2017
  • “A tight tale of domestic carnage.”
    — The Times Literary Supplement, Apr 19 2017
  • “Ties is a masterful study of passing time.”
    — National Post (Canada), Mar 14 2017
  • “A brilliant novel.”
    — The Hindu, Mar 12 2017
  • “Ties is puzzle-like, architectural, a novel ingeniously constructed.”
    — The New Yorker, Mar 11 2017
  • “TIES is...the leanest, most understated and emotionally powerful novel by Domenico Starnone.”
    — New York Times Book Review, Mar 9 2017
  • “A complex and devastating dissection of a relationship, superbly teased apart and considered from all possible viewpoints.”
    — The Times, Mar 5 2017
  • “TIES is a gem.”
    — BBC Culture, Mar 1 2017
  • “Both a whodunit and a who-did-what-when, Starnone’s emotional novel of a family’s constantly fluctuating sum of its stubborn parts is translated with care and fluency by Pulitzer-winning Lahiri...”
    — Booklist, Feb 3 2017
  • “The novel is a meditation on love--what is gained, what is lost and who is affected when it all goes wrong.”
    — Shelf Awareness Pro, Feb 2 2017
  • TIES was included in the Wales Arts Review list of “Exciting Fiction of the First Half of 2017.”
    — Wales Arts Review, Jan 11 2017
  • “[TIES] is as vivid and devastating as anything you will read this year. A slim, stunning meditation on marriage, fidelity, honesty, and truth.”
    — Kirkus (Starred Review), Dec 15 2016
  • “Aside from fine writing and a relentless plot, this portrait of a marriage has lots recommending it...A scalding and incisive display of damage done and people missing their mark.”
    — Library Journal (Starred Review), Nov 29 2016
  • Domenico Starnone is an Italian writer, rumoured, at one stage, as being Elena Ferrante, the writer of the Neapolitan series of four novels — My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave And Those Who Stay and The Story of the Lost Child — whose identity...
    — Jul 13 2015
  • Partly about retired teacher Domenico Stasi, apparently being recruited for terrorist activity by a former student, and partly about the similarly-named novelist telling his story, this puzzle-box narrative shifts between reality and fiction, third and first person.  Though...
    — Oct 7 2009

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