Lisa Ginzburg lives and works in Paris. She studied at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, where she specialised in 17th-century French mysticism. Her published works include: Desiderava la bufera (Feltrinelli, 2006), Colpi d’ala (Feltrinelli, 2006), Per amore (Marsilio, 2016) and Pura invenzione, as well as Dodici variazioni su Frankenstein di Mary Shelley (Marsilio, 2018).
Ponte alle Grazie, September 2020
Longlisted Strega Prize 2021
over 25,000 copies sold
Winner Chianti Prize
A happy family. An imploding couple. Two sisters, a mother who leaves.
An unbreakable bond that helps overcome pain.
An intimate, feminine novel brimming with light.
French sample available
Maddalena, the elder, is shy, serious and reserved. Nina, only slightly younger, is attractive, unpredictable, charming, difficult and a prisoner of her own egocentricity. The two sisters built their childhood and adolescence around a deep void, an absence that’s hard to accept. Even now, after many years, they try to fill it with running, long walks, volleys of words and WhatsApp messages which, from Paris to New York, always end up taking them back to Rome, to a house with a terrace overlooking Villa Pamphili, where their strange, symbiotic and wild life took shape. It’s to Rome that Maddi, forever huddled in her shell, decides to return, fleeing the roles that, first her sister, then her family, have imposed on her. Alone at last with herself and her memories, she drops her defences and, as she relives the locations of the past, swaps parts and opens up to life’s surprises.
A story of love and abandonment which, like all life stories, presents only questions without answers. Moreover, it uses the happy yardstick of literature to measure the distance between the original injury and the peace always and only experienced in maturity.
Brazil: Nos editora; France: Verdier; Germany: nonsolo verlag.