Italy, La lunga attesa dell'angelo (Rizzoli)
Melania G. Mazzucco
La lunga attesa dell'angelo (The Long Wait for the Angel)
Rizzoli 2008, 418 pages (Translation rights Rizzoli)

Premio Bagutta 2009
Premio Scanno 2009
Premio Biblioteche di Roma 2009
Premio Tobino Viareggio 2011 Writer of the year

To celebrate Tintoretto’s 500 years since his birth, in Fall 2018 a gigantic exhibition has opened in Venice (Palazzo Ducale and Accademia), in many european cities and now at the National Gallery in Washington. Melania G. Mazzucco has also created and written the docu-film Tintoretto. A Rebel in Venice, coming to cinemas in 60 countries all over the world. Watch the trailer here

“Mazzucco comes across as a supple stylist with a strong sensory gift… Her narrative has an engaged intensity.”
The New York Times Book Review

“A hard-to-forget female character.”

In Venice, toward the end of the 16th century, Jacomo Robusti—otherwise known as Tintoretto—defends his achievements by any means. He thrives on competition, bodily threat, and deceit, while also finding inspiration for his paintings in the extraordinary physical world that surrounds him. Despite a long hostile relationship with his critics, Tintoretto never doubts himself, nor his talent.

Tintoretto’s illegitimate daughter Marietta is his most perfect creation. A gifted musician and painter in her own right, Marietta is a woman of acute intelligence, boundless creativity, and clear vision. From her illicit origins to her practice of dressing as a boy in order to observe her father’s world unrestricted, her life takes on a mythical aura.
Mazzucco explores the love between Tintoretto and Marietta to the end. Her confident prose draws the reader deep into the mystery of painting, into the world of two unforgettable artists, and into the mood of Italy’s most fascinating city, itself on the edge of an inevitable collapse.

Melania G. Mazzucco

Melania G. Mazzucco was born and lives in Rome. She is the author of Il bacio della Medusa (1996), La camera di Baltus (1998), Lei così amata (2000, Premio Napoli), about the writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Vita (2003, Premio Strega), Un giorno perfetto (2005), on which was based the movie with the same title by Ferzan Ozpetek, and two works about the Italian Renaissance painter Tintoretto: the novel La lunga attesa dell’angelo (2008, Premio Bagutta) and the essay Jacomo Tintoretto e i suoi figli (2009, Premio Comisso). In 2011 she received the Premio letterario Viareggio-Tobino as Author of the Year. Then, she wrote Limbo (2012, Premio Elsa Morante, Premio Rhegium Julii, Premio Matteotti, Premio Bottari Lattes Grinzane), Il bassotto e la Regina (2012, Premio Frignano Ragazzi 2013), Sei come sei (2013), Il museo del mondo (2014), in which she narrates 54 works of art, Io sono con te (2016, Rai Radio 3 Fahrenheit‘s Book of the Year), L’architettrice (2019, Premio Alassio, Premio Capalbio). In 2020 she won the Premio alla Carriera John Fante. She created and wrote the docu-film Tintoretto. A Rebel in Venice, a 2019 Sky Arts original production distributed in cinemas all over the world. She wrote for the theatre, the cinema and the radio and is a contributor to la Repubblica. Her books have been translated in 27 languages.



“Mazzucco comes across as a supple stylist with a strong sensory gift… Her narrative has an engaged intensity.”
The New York Times Book Review

“A hard-to-forget female character.”

Foreign rights sold in
Bulgaria: Uniscorp
Denmark: Tellerup
Finland: Avain
France: Flammarion
Germany: Knaus (Bertelsmann)
Spain: Anagrama

Italian and international editions

Foreign publishers of Melania G. Mazzucco’s works
Albania: Albas
Bulgaria: Uniscorp, Jelenkor
Canada: HarperCollins, Harper Perennial
China: Horizon
Croatia: Oceanmore
Denmark: Tellerup, Turbine
Finland: Avain
France: Flammarion, J’ai lu, Editions du Club
Germany, Austria and Switzerland: Piper, Knaus, btb, Hoffmann und Campe
Georgia: Sulakauri
Greece: Diigisi, Modern Times
Hungary: Európa Könyvkiadó
Israel: Schocken, Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir
Japan: Michitani
Korea: Random House Corea
The Netherlands and Belgium: Mouria, Atlas-Contact
Norway: Cappelen
Poland: Wab-Foksal
Romania: Polirom
Russia: Ast
Serbia: Mono j Manjana, Sezam Book
Spain and South America: Seix Barral, Planeta, Anagrama
Sweden: Norsteds, Contempo
Turkey: Yapi Kredi Culture and Arts, Doğan Kitap
UK: Pushkin
US and UK: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Picador, Thornedike Press

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