Giovanni Arpino – The Shadow of the Hills

Time for memories

Winner of the Strega Award in 1964 with The Shadow of the Hills (L’ombra delle Colline), Arpino needs no introduction. His novel is the narrative of a journey that follows two paths, in the past and in the present, in search of the people and the events of memory.

The author moves gently between anguished descriptions, lyricism, and bare everyday moments that remind the style of Antonioni: every turn brings about an emotion, a sense of surprise, but also a soft settling in the context of things. None of these episodes could have been told differently.

It is a memorable novel because of its air of tiredness, great intensity and release, love, extraordinary emotion, and yearning. Memories cannot be allowed to go – ever – and despite their amount of suffering, we rediscover in these pages a secret good that remains hidden every day, and, at last, a very human quest for peace.

Translation edited by Camilla Girardi

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Silvia Accorrà
Poet, novelist, photographer. She has published three anthologies of poetry since 1992, the last in 2007. A collection of short stories in 2008. A trilogy of Japanese novels is going to be published, the first of which, Tokyo Love, has been released in May 2013 published by Enrico Damiani Editore. She had a personal photography exhibit in 2006 and another in 2010. She works mainly as a translator, but also as a language teacher. She has been living in Milan since birth (1969), but her heart is elsewhere.