Nominated by:

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma, Italy

Publisher of nominated edition:

Archipelago Books, USA

Distant Light

Antonio Moresco    

Translated from the Italian by Richard Dixon

A man lives in total solitude in an abandoned mountain village. But a mystery disturbs his isolation: each night at the same hour a distant light appears on the far side of the valley. What is it? Someone in another deserted village? A forgotten street lamp? An alien being? Finally the man is driven to discover its source. There he finds a young boy who also lives alone in a house in the midst of the forest. But who really is this child? The answer at the secret heart of this novel is both uncanny and profoundly touching. Antonio Moresco’s work is a moving meditation on life and the universe we inhabit. Moresco reflects on the solitude and pain of existence, but also on what man shares with all around him, living and dead.

About the author

Antonio Moresco was born in Mantua and lives in Milan. He published his first collection of short stories, Clandestinità, at the age of forty-six. He has gone on to publish several more books, among them the short novel La cipolla (The Onion), the autobiographical Lettere a nessuno (Letters to No One) and his 500-page novel Gli esordi (The Beginning). Moresco has created controversy with his critiques of experimentalism, postmodernism, and members of the cannon such as Italo Calvino.

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