Gianrico Carofiglio, Il silenzio dell'onda
Gianrico Carofiglio
Il silenzio dell'onda (The Silence of the Wave)
A novel, Rizzoli 2011, 300 pages

Finalist for Premio Strega 2012
Bronze Winner in the Foreword Book of the Year Awards for Mystery 2013

“Absorbing and beautifully written, a work of considerable subtlety and depth.”
Marcel Berlins, The Times (full review)

“One of the most impressive and fascinating crime novels of the year.”
Literary Review 

A stand-alone thriller from bestselling Italian crime writer Gianrico Carofiglio, whose work has been translated into 27 languages.

Every Monday and Thursday, Roberto Marías crosses Rome on foot for his appointment with his psychiatrist. There he sits in silence, flooded by memories. He remembers surfing with his father as a child. He remembers the treacherous years he spent working as an undercover agent, years that taught him how cynicism and corruption are not merely external influences, but exist within us as well. His past has left him devastated, but now his psychiatrist’s words, his hypnotic strolls through Rome, and a chance meeting with a woman named Emma—who like Roberto is ravaged by a profound guilt—begin to painfully revive him. And when eleven-year-old Giacomo asks Roberto to help him conquer his nightmares, Roberto at last achieves a true rebirth. A thriller about human faults, frailties, and the painful bond between fathers and sons.

 

Gianrico Carofiglio

Gianrico Carofiglio was born in Bari and has worked for many years as a prosecutor specializing in organized crime. He was appointed advisor of the anti-Mafia committee in the Italian Parliament in 2007 and served as a senator from 2008 to 2013. He is the author of the novels featuring the character of the defense lawyer Guido Guerrieri: Testimone inconsapevole (Involuntary Witness, 2002), Ad occhi chiusi (A Walk in the Dark, 2003, Best International Noir of the year 2007 in Germany), Ragionevoli dubbi (Reasonable Doubts, 2006), Le perfezioni provvisorie (Temporary Perfections, 2010, Premio Selezione Campiello), La regola dell’equilibrio (A Fine Line, 2014), La misura del tempo (The Measure of Time, 2019, Premio Strega 2020 finalist). Officer of the Carabinieri Pietro Fenoglio is the protagonist of another series of novels: Una mutevole verità (A Shifting Truth, 2014, Premio Scerbanenco), L’estate fredda (The Cold Summer, 2016), La versione di Fenoglio (Fenoglio’s Version, 2019).
Among his fiction and non fiction works: Il passato è una terra straniera (The Past is a Foreign Land, 2004, Premio Bancarella 2005), adapted into an internationally awarded film, Né qui né altrove (Neither Here Nor Elsewhere. A Night in Bari, 2009), Non esiste saggezza (There is No Wisdom, 2010, 2020), La manomissione delle parole (Manumitting Words, 2010), Il silenzio dell’onda (The Silence of the Wave, 2011, finalist for Premio Strega 2012), Il bordo vertiginoso delle cose (The Vertiginous Edge of Things, 2013), La casa nel bosco (The House in the Woods, 2014), written with his brother Francesco, Con parole precise (With exact words, 2015), Passeggeri notturni (Night Passengers, 2016), Le tre del mattino (Three O’Clock in the Morning, 2017), and the pamphlet Con i piedi nel fango (Feet in the Mud, 2018). Many titles are also audiobooks, read by the author. In 2020 was released L’avvocato Guerrieri, Gianrico Carofiglio’s first audio-series. Gianrico Carofiglio’s multi-award winner and best selling books are translated into 27 languages worldwide.

“Absorbing and beautifully written, a work of considerable subtlety and depth.”
Marcel Berlins, The Times (full review)

“Italy’s best exports now include number-one bestselling writer Gianrico Carofiglio.”
Gay Talese

“One of the most impressive and fascinating crime novels of the year.”
Literary Review 

“A remarkable piece of work: crime fiction as a profound exploration of the human psyche.”
Jane Jakeman, The Independent (full review)

“A desperate search for human connection is at the heart of this moving novel.”
Publishers Weekly

“A novel distinguished by the natural gift of prose as smooth and silent as a perfect wave.”
Paolo Di Stefano, Corriere della Sera (full review)

“If one should put a label, he might say that this is magic realism. If one should choose a song like a soundtrack, it would be Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen.”
Irene Hernández Velasco, El Mundo (<full review)

“A literary jigsaw full of plot twists.”
Luciana Sica, la Repubblica (full review)

“Many stories within a story… sliding away at a very fast pace.”
Camilla Baresani, Sette (an excerpt)

“A challenge overcome in the best way.”
Corrado Augias, Il Venerdì

Foreign rights sold in
France: Seuil
Germany: Goldmann
Poland: WAB Foksal
Spain: Esfera de los Libros
UK: Bitter Lemon Press
US: Rizzoli International

Italian and international editions

Foreign publishers of Gianrico Carofiglio’s works
Albania: Fjala
Argentina: El Ateneo
Australia and New Zealand: Text Publishing
Austria: Folio Verlag
Bosnia: Buybook
Brazil: Editora Jaboticaba
Czech Republic: Host
Denmark: HR Ferdinand
Ethiopia: Soomaalyia
Finland: Kustannus Moreeni
France: Payot e Rivages, Seuil, Slatkine
Germany: Goldmann, Folio Verlag, Scoventa
Greece: Alexandria, Modern Times
Israel: Achuzat Bayit Books
Japan: Bungei ShunJu
Kenya: Soomaalyia
Lithuania: Homo liber
Mexico: Urano
The Netherlands: Prometheus
Poland: W.A.B. Foksal
Portugal: Porto Editora
Romania: Leda
Russia: Inostranka
Serbia: Clio Publishing
Somalia: Soomaalyia
Spain (Castilian): Urano, La Esfera de los Libros, Anagrama
Spain (Catalan): Edicions 62
Sweden: Schibsted, Forum
Switzerland (French): Slatkine
Tanzania: Soomaalyia
Turkey: Neden Kitap
Uganda: Soomaalyia
UK: Bitter Lemon Press, Old Street Publishing
US: Thomas Dunne, Rizzoli International
Vietnam: Nhã Nam

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