Nicola Lagioia
La ferocia (Ferocity)
Einaudi, 2014, 418 pages

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Winner of the 2015 Strega Prize, Italy’s preeminent prize for fiction, La ferocia (Ferocity) is a cinematic suspense novel that also addresses vital social questions, a combination of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, filtered through the fierce Mediterranean vision of Elena Ferrante.

Southern Italy, the 1980s. On a hot summer’s night under a full moon, far from the outlying neighbourhoods of a southern Italian metropolis, Clara stumbles naked, dazed, and bloodied down a major highway. When she dies no-one is able to say exactly how or why, but her brother cannot free himself from her memory or from the questions surrounding her death. The more he learns about her life and death, the more he uncovers the moral decay at the core of his family’s ascent to social prominence.

At once an intimate family saga, a history of an entire region, and a portrait of the moral and political corruption of a whole society, Ferocity is an exhilarating, ambitious, and vivid work of fiction.

Nicola Lagioia

Nicola Lagioia

Nicola Lagioia was born in Bari. An editor and writer, he is the author of Tre sistemi per sbarazzarsi di Tolstoj (2001, Premio lo Straniero), Occidente per principianti (2004, Premio Scanno), Riportando tutto a casa (2009, Premio Viareggio Rèpaci, Premio Vittorini, Premio Volponi, premio SIAE-Sindacato scrittori) and La ferocia (2014, Premio Strega 2015). He had a short story featured in the collection Contro Roma (2018). He is one of the voices of Pagina3, the daily cultural press review on Rai Radio 3, and writes for several newspaper and magazines. Since 2016 he’s the director of Turin International Book Fair.



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