The Worst Intentions

By Piperno, Alessandro & Goldstein, Ann

Publishers Summary:
"A resounding success! I'm telling everyone they must read it."-Gad Lerner, Vanity Fair "Sumptuous, comic, tragic, miraculously and admirably uncertain throughout, whether it is tragedy or parody."-Corriere della Sera Italy's leading daily newspaper called The Worst Intentions "a dangerous novel." Right from the title, wrote La Repubblica, this daring book "proclaims the furiously bellicose and iconoclastic spirit that drives it." Daniel is the thirty-three-year-old heir to the dappled fortunes of the Sonninos, a wealthy Jewish-Italian family whose staggering rise and fall during the years spanning the end of World War II and the beginning of the twenty-first century provides the richly colored backdrop to this remarkable tragicomedy. Daniel has inherited his grandfather's extravagant passions and his father's servility, as well as the excesses of his social class. He is also the victim of a crippling infatuation with Gaia, fountainhead of his erotic fantasies and fetishes. This novel will be justly compared to the works of Philip Roth and Saul Bellow. An audacious, sumptuous saga about ritual and liberty, love and war, sex and betrayal, set in the opulent neighborhoods of contemporary Rome.

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ISBN
978-1-93337-233-4
Publisher
Europa Editions


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Reviewed on August 15, 2007

In this new work by Italian author Piperno, Daniel Sonnino, a 33 year old from a wealthy Jewish family in Rome, ruefully looks back on his youth in the 1980s. Daniel recalls his extravagant grandfather Bepy, whose life in post-Holocaust Italy embodied the adage that living well is the best revenge-at least until the family fortune takes a nosedive. The rest of th...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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