Literary Fiction

La forma del silenzio

(The Shape of Silence)

Ponte alle Grazie, September 2020, pp.240

A hearing and speech impaired child who loses everything, a painful secret kept for twenty years, and two tormented souls seeking each other.

Family relationships, absences, harboured wounds, secrets and the principal themes of the intimist novel, immersed in a plot full of suspense, like in Jodi Picoult’s books.

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Leo is six years old. He was born deaf and uses sign language and the language of love with his family. But the time has come to start school, so Leo is sent far away from home, to a special school where sign language – the language of animals, according to the Gospel – is forbidden. His life suddenly becomes hard and unfathomable. One night, in 1964, during a heavy snowfall, Leo disappears. Police enquiries and searches lead nowhere: no one ever hears from him again. At least not until nineteen years later, when Michele, a former school friend of Leo’s, arrives in the consulting room of his sister Anna, a psychologist. He starts telling his story, starting from that winter’s night.

Ponte alle Grazie, September 2020, pp.240

  • “A page turner with many coups de théâtre, especially in the finale.”

    La Repubblica

  • “A must-read.”


  • “A brilliant idea, a great story and a well-constructed plot.”

    La Lettura/Corriere della Sera

  • Stefano Corbetta takes his literary research to a level of considerable tension.

    Fulvio Panzeri, Avvenire

Stefano Corbetta

Stefano Corbetta was born in Milan in 1970. As well as being a professional interior designer, he has had experience in various fields, such as jazz, theatre and writing. His debut novel, Le coccinelle non hanno paura (Ladybirds Are not Afraid, Morellini), was published in 2017 and was followed by Sonno bianco (White Sleep, Hacca, 2018).

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