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I padri lontani (Distant Fathers)

I padri lontani (Distant Fathers)

Foreign rights sold:
: World English (New Vessel Press); Spanish (Siruela); German (Hanser Berlin); Dutch (Wereldbibliotheek)


“Marina Jarre is an original, powerful and incisive writer.

An extraordinary author being rediscovered. The author’s masterpiece, the book in which her precise, poetic, and extraordinary writing reaches its peak. A story told in first person that unfurls from the author’s native country, Latvia, during the 1920s and 30s to the Waldensian Valleys just outside the metropolitan spread of Turin, and in the city itself in the 80s. The family– an elusive and very handsome father, a cultured, severe mother, a sister, the grandparents, the new family Marina creates in Italy – undergo a strict analysis, devoid of any nostalgic fluff. The narrative voice speaks to itself, to the key characters in the narrator’s life and to the reader, facing with courage the passage from childhood to adolescence and the relationship with inaccessible parents.

Winner of 2004 Grinzane Cavour Prize with Ritorno in Lettonia

“Marina Jarre is an original, powerful and incisive writer… Her works – true, small-scale, essential masterpieces – have found passionate readers and critics and have an indisputable place in Italian literature of the past fifty years.” Claudio Magris

A 2021 “must-read” in translation Book Riot.

Genre: Narrative

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Year of publication: 2021

Published in: Milano

Number of pages: 192

Price: 12 euro

ISBN: 9788830102569

Foreign rights manager: Manuela Melato (

Premi: Grinzane Cavour 2004 with \

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I padri lontani (Distant Fathers)

Marina Jarre

Marina Jarre was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1925, and lived in Italy from 1935 until her death in 2016. She wrote Il tramviere impazzito, Negli occhi di una ragazza, Un leggero accento straniero, Viaggio a Ninive, Galambra, Ascanio e Margherita, Tre giorni alla fine di luglio, Un altro pezzo di mondo, Ti ho aspettato, Simone, Ritorno in Lettonia, Il silenzio di Mosca and Fuochi.