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Città sommersa (Sunken city)

A semi-unknown father and his past to be discovered. Terrorism in 1970s Turin, city of rage, pain and hope, backdrop of violence that generated just deception and ruins. The novel of a man, of his families, of his choices, retold with love and rage.

 A young woman, lonely and in love with literature, writes the chronicle of her fight with her father’s death: the two had shared a happy relationship during her happy childhood, a hard one during her teenage years. But now that the man is dead too many questions lay unanswered: who was the young doctor-worker who always sided with the poor, who always had someone to save, who was sentenced to jail for taking  part in an armed band? And why did he never want to tell his daughter about those years? Lawyers, old far-left-winged militants, archives and trial accounts are voices that slowly make up the portrait of a complex and contradictory man, a witness and a protagonist of a complex and contradictory time. On the background, Turin, city of rage, pain and hope, background to violence that generated just deception and ruins. The novel of a man, of his families, of his choices, re told with love and rage.

“The question is not who our parents were before us. It is: do our parents really exist before us?” Nadia Terranova, Tuttolibri- La Stampa

“A blazing debut. Barone deftly shuffles cruel judiciary acts and memories of her literary teens, then morphing into a hard-boiled reporter to describe the terrorism years.” Enrico Deaglio, Il Venerdì di Repubblica

“Barone masterly weaves dates, recreations, documents and memories of the ones who told her about their story and her ‘difficult’ father’s as well.” Marta Stella, Sette – Corriere della Sera

“This book is about the split that paternity is. It is about why it is so important to get to know one’s father, so that he can be freed from our expectations, thus extinguishing any debts.” Simonetta Sciandivasci, Il Foglio


Barone Marta

Marta Barone was born in Turin in 1987. She is a translator and wrote children books: Miriam delle cose perdute, I giardini degli altri and I 7 colori per 7 pittori. This is her first novel for adults.