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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."

Latest reviews

  • “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
  • The books being published by Europa editions are seductive enough as book-objects that they hardly need the highest quality of writing and translation--but they have that too. The books are often less than 200 pages, printed with an untrimmed edge, and in a tall, elegant format...
    — May 16 2009
  • Fans of metafiction will get a real workout with this novel by Domenico Starnone, who in 2001 was honored with the Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary prize. First Execution, a book which appears to be about terrorism and the shedding of blood by all extremist...
    — Apr 16 2009
  • Europa brings us some of the best European crime literature in excellent translations, and this novel, by Italian master Starnone, is one of the best short books you'll find this year. Domenico Stasi is a retired teacher, a widower and a doting father. When his favourite...
    — Apr 7 2009
  • from New Pages On the surface, First Execution by Domenico Starnone is a novel about terrorism, filled with the requisite twists and turns that are the driving force of a crime thriller. Yet, it’s also a metafictional narrative reminiscent of Calvino’s If on a Winter’s...
    — Apr 6 2009
  • It seems like a good year and a half since I’ve read a novel that didn’t involve a writer writing a novel, so I started Domenico Starnone’s First Execution wearily, almost out of duty - despite the fact that the original Italian version of the book comes highly recommended.
    — Apr 5 2009
  • First Execution begins as a straightforward thriller. Nina, a former student of retired literature teacher Domenico Stasi, was arrested, the politically active woman accused of armed conspiracy. When she is released she wants to meet with her former teacher, and she asks...
    — Mar 5 2009
  • A 60-plus professor in Naples discovers that his former student Nina has been arrested for armed conspiracy. When he visits her, she urges him to go to her friend's vacated home, find the book The Death of Virgil and copy out the underlined passage on page 46. Forever the...
    — Mar 5 2009

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