Nominated by:

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Firenze, Italy

Publisher of nominated edition:

Rizzoli Ex Libris, USA

The Silence of the Wave

Gianrico Carofiglio      

Translated from Italian by Howard Curtis

2015 Longlist

A stand-alone thriller from best-selling Italian crime writer Gianrico Carofiglio, whose work has been translated into twenty-four languages.

Every Monday and Thursday, Roberto Marías crosses Rome on foot for his appointment with his psychiatrist. There he sits in silence, flooded by memories. He remembers surfing with his father as a child. He remembers the treacherous years he spent working as an undercover agent, years that taught him how cynicism and corruption are not merely external influences but exist within us as well. His past has left him devastated, but now his psychiatrist’s words, his hypnotic strolls through Rome, and a chance meeting with a woman named Emma—who, like Roberto, is ravaged by a profound guilt—begin to painfully revive him. And when eleven-year-old Giacomo asks Roberto to help him conquer his nightmares, Roberto at last achieves a true rebirth. A thriller about human faults, frailties, and the painful bond between fathers and sons.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Gianrico Carofiglio was born in 1961 in Bari, where for many years he has worked as an anti-Mafia prosecutor. From 2008 to 2013, he served as senator of Italy’s Democratic Party. He is best known as the author of four award-winning, best-selling Guido Guerrieri crime novels.

About the Translator

Howard Curtis is a British freelance literary translator from French, Italian and Spanish. In 2013 he won the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation for his translation of In The Sea there are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda.

Librarian’s Comments

An under-cover Roman policeman ravaged by guilt meets a woman on the run from her past. A new, interesting novel by Giancarlo Carofiglio, novelist, anti-Mafia judge and from 2008 to 2013, Senator of the Italian Republic.

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