Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Sacha Naspini

The Bishop’s Villa

Cover: The Bishop’s Villa - Sacha Naspini

Sacha Naspini

The Bishop’s Villa

2024, pp. 192, Hardcover
ISBN: 9798889660521
Translated by: Clarissa Botsford
Region: Italy
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
$ 28.00
PRE-ORDER NOW PRE-ORDER NOW PRE-ORDER NOW

The book

From the best-selling author of Nives, a story of love, redemption, and resistance set in Italy during WWII 

Maremma, Tuscany, November 1943. Le Case is a village far from everything. Seen from there, even the war looks different; mostly waiting, prayers, poverty. As a fierce winter looms, an order is issued to arrest all Jews and detained them in the bishop's villa, awaiting deportation. 

René is the town's shoemaker. Everyone calls him Settebello, “lucky seven,” a nickname he got at a young age after losing three fingers on a lathe. Now he's fifty years old. Shy, solitary, taciturn. No family or acquaintances—except for Anna, a lifelong friend who could have been something more. René never had the courage to declare his feelings. In fact, he never had the courage to do anything. His days are always the same: home and work, keep a straight path. 

When Anna’s son Edoardo, who had secretly joined the Resitance, is captured and shot by the Wehrmacht, the woman vows to continue his mission. One evening she disappears, leaving René a note with a few instructions. When news spreads that a group of rebels have fallen into an ambush and are locked up in the bishop’s villa, and that among them there’s a woman, Settebello can no longer just watch. 

Masterfully weaving together personal and historical narratives, Naspini captures the essence of a community navigating the horrors of war. Inspired by real events, The Bishop’s Villa is a poignant reflection on the power of memory and the capacity of the human spirit to resist even in the darkest of times. 

The author

Sacha Naspini
Sacha Naspini was born in 1976 in Grosseto, a town in Southern Tuscany. He has worked as an editor, art director, and screenwriter, and is the author of numerous novels and short stories which have been translated into several languages. Nives is his first novel to appear in English.

From the same country

  • Cover: The Passenger: Naples - AA.VV.

    AA.VV.

    The Passenger: Naples

    2024, pp. 192, $ 22.00
    Fully-illustrated, The Passenger collects the best new writing, photography, art and reportage from around the world.    IN THIS VOLUME:...
  • Cover: The Mortal and Immortal Life of the Girl from Milan - Domenico Starnone

    Domenico Starnone

    The Mortal and Immortal Life of the Girl from Milan

    2024, pp. 144, $ 18.00
    Children can be cruel, and children can love as passionately as adults, more so at times. When these two facts combine and ignite the imagination...
  • Cover: Moving the Moon: A Night at the Acropolis Museum - Andrea Marcolongo

    Andrea Marcolongo

    Moving the Moon: A Night at the Acropolis Museum

    2024, pp. 144, $ 22.00
    From one of Europe’s most original and brilliant classicists, an inspiring and deeply personal reflection on loss, memory, and what we owe the past...
  • Cover: The City of the Living - Nicola Lagioia

    Nicola Lagioia

    The City of the Living

    2024, pp. 432, $ 18.95
    From the winner of the Strega Prize, a spellbinding investigation of one of the most vicious crimes in recent Italian history and a journey into...
  • Cover: The Throne - Franco Bernini

    Franco Bernini

    The Throne

    2024, pp. 384, $ 30.00
    This meticulously researched and brilliantly told historical novel, the first of a planned trilogy, recounts the enigmatic life of Niccolò Machiavelli,...
  • Cover: The Art of Running - Andrea Marcolongo

    Andrea Marcolongo

    The Art of Running

    2024, min., $ 23.95
    The inspiring story of how one of Europe’s most original and compelling classicist learned to run—and live—like a Greek

More suggestions

  • Cover: Paradises Lost - Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

    Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

    Paradises Lost

    2024, pp. 480, $ 27.00
    The beginning of a unique adventure, the tremendous challenge of recounting the history of humanity.
  • Cover: The Throne - Franco Bernini

    Franco Bernini

    The Throne

    2024, pp. 384, $ 30.00
    This meticulously researched and brilliantly told historical novel, the first of a planned trilogy, recounts the enigmatic life of Niccolò Machiavelli,...
  • Cover: The Postcard - Anne Berest

    Anne Berest

    The Postcard

    2024, pp. 480, $ 18.95
    Brilliantly told, Anne Berest’s luminous, moving, and unforgettable new book The Postcard is the most acclaimed and beloved French novel in...
  • Cover: My Father’s House - Joseph O’Connor

    Joseph O’Connor

    My Father’s House

    2024, pp. 368, $ 18.95
    From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Star of the Sea and winner of the 2021 Irish Book Awards Book of the Year for Shadowplay, comes...
  • Cover: A Volga Tale - Guzel Yakhina

    Guzel Yakhina

    A Volga Tale

    2023, pp. 512, $ 28.00
    A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE The longest river in Europe, the Volga, divides the continent in two. On one side, mighty mountains,...
  • Cover: The Postcard - Anne Berest

    Anne Berest

    The Postcard

    2023, 786 min., $ 29.95
    Brilliantly told, Anne Berest’s luminous, moving, and unforgettable new book The Postcard is the most acclaimed and beloved French novel in...

Join Our Newsletter and receive a FREE eBook!

Stay updated on Europa’s forthcoming releases, author tours and major news.

Are you a bookseller? Click here!

Are you a librarian? Click here!

X