Nominated by:

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma, Italy

Waterford County Council Library Service, Ireland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Oneworld Publications, UK

Viking Penguin, USA

Twice Born

Margaret Mazzantini      

Translated from the original Italian by Ann Gagliardi

2013 Longlist

An internationally bestselling, acutely moving story set amidst the atrocities of the Bosnian war, Twice Born masterfully plumbs the depths of love, grief, and the all-consuming power of motherhood.

Gemma hasn’t been back to Sarajevo in sixteen years. She returns to teach her son Pietro about the city of his birth and the father he never knew. But the visit brings with it impassioned memories of her love affair with Pietro’s father, their determination to have a child whatever the cost, and their deep connection to the city even as war threatened to destroy it.

Brought to life by an unforgettable cast of characters, Twice Born is a tale of the acts of brutality and generosity that war can inspire, and of the bonds of family fused in times of crisis.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Margaret Mazzantini was born in Dublin and now lives in Rome. She trained as an actress but left the stage to concentrate on writing. Her first novel, Don’t Move, won the prestigious Strega Prize, and sold over 2 million copies. Twice Born, has been made into a film starring Penelope Cruz.

Librarians’ Comments

Sensitive and haunting narrative of great sweep and drama, its handling of the Balkan theme both intense and compellingly human.

A beautifully written and skilfully crafted novel, that strikes universal chords due to the quality and depth of the story.

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