Nominated by:

Openbare Bibliotheek Brugge, Belgium

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma, Italy

Publisher of nominated edition:

Europa Editions, USA

The Young Bride

Alessandro Baricco      

Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein

2018 Longlist

From international bestselling author, Alessandro Baricco, comes a scintillating and sensual novel about a young woman’s ingress into a fantastically strange family.

The hand of the young woman in question has been promised to the scion of a noble family. She is to make her preparations for marriage at the family’s villa, where the inhabitants never seem to sleep. The atmosphere turns surreal as the days pass and her presence on the family estate begins to make itself felt on her future in-laws.

In this erotically charged and magical novel, Alessandro Baricco portrays a cast of mysterious characters who exist outside of the rules of causation as he tells a story, an adult fable, about fate and the difficult job of confronting the Other and creating an Us.

About the author

Alessandro Baricco, beloved by readers worldwide for his innovative take on magical realism, his atmospheric novels and memorable characters, is one of Italy’s bestselling and most critically acclaimed authors. His novels include Silk, An Iliad, and Mr. Gwyn.

(from publisher)

Librarian’s comments

The Young Bride is a surreal, magical fable in a beautiful, poetic style. A young bride arrives in a majestic villa in the Italian countryside. While she awaits the arrival of her future husband, she is initiated in the peculiar rituals of their rich family members. Baricco has written a mysterious, dreamy and sensual novel with a bizarre plot. A literary feast!

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