My Shadow Is Yours: A Novel (Paperback)

My Shadow Is Yours: A Novel By Edoardo Nesi, Gregory Conti (Translated by) Cover Image
By Edoardo Nesi, Gregory Conti (Translated by)
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A recent college graduate accompanies a reclusive middle-aged writer on a chaotic road trip to Milan in this hilarious, heartwarming novel about love, friendship, and the pitfalls of nostalgia

In 1995 Vittorio Vezzosi rose to worldwide acclaim with his debut novel, The Wolves Inside. Unfortunately for his adoring fans—and his publisher—he wouldn’t write another word. Instead, the great author shut himself away in a farmhouse overlooking Florence.

After twenty-five years of silence, however, a corporate takeover lights the fire under Vittorio to produce a new novel, and bright young classics graduate Emiliano De Vito is hired to assist him. Off to a rocky start, the odd couple embark on a madcap journey in a 1979 Jeep—without a roof or windshield or doors—to Milan, where Vittorio will speak to a crowd of thousands.

As they travel across Italy, bonding over wine and women, and butting heads over the struggles Emiliano’s generation inherited from Vittorio’s, the two begin to see the world, and writing, in a different way.

About the Author

Edoardo Nesi is a writer, filmmaker, and translator. He began his career translating the work of such authors as Bruce Chatwin, Malcolm Lowry, Stephen King, and Quentin Tarantino. He has written six novels, one of which, L’età dell’oro, was a finalist for the 2005 Strega Prize and a winner of the Bruno Cavallini Prize. He wrote and directed the film Fughe da fermo, based on his novel of the same name, and has translated David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest into Italian.

Gregory Conti has translated numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from Italian including works by Emilio Lussu, Rosetta Loy, Elisa Biagini, and Paolo Rumiz. He is a regular contributor to the literary quarterly, Raritan.

Praise For…

Praise for Story of My People:

“A short memoir of great charm, for all its sadness a pleasure to read…Nesi’s musings are as finely woven as his textiles.” —New York Times

“An intimate account of a homespun world, ‘glistening and weightless like silk,’ destroyed by rapid globalization…In gleefully biting prose, Nesi excoriates Italy’s politicians, its arrogant economists, and the ‘titanic foreign multinationals.’” —The New Yorker

“At once a memoir, a requiem, and a work of social and literary criticism…beautifully written.” —Bookforum
Product Details
ISBN: 9781635420685
ISBN-10: 1635420687
Publisher: Other Press
Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English