Melania G. Mazzucco
La lunga attesa dell'angelo (The Long Wait for the Angel)
Rizzoli 2008, Einaudi 2021, 480 pages

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 opened in Venice (Palazzo Ducale and Accademia), in many european cities and at the National Gallery in Washington. Melania G. Mazzucco has also created and written the docu-film Tintoretto. A Rebel in Venice, in 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 marvel of emotion, construction and erudition. A masterly lesson in humanity and literature”. El País

“This moving confession immerses us in Renaissance Venice with stunning realism”. Le Nouvel Observateur

“A hard-to-forget female character.”
l’Espresso

A father and his beloved daughter, the teacher and the pupil who annulled herself in him: a female figure difficult to forget.

A rebellious and ambitious man, a restless and brilliant painter, Jacomo Robusti, known as Tintoretto, lived only for painting and sacrificed everything for his art (reputation, earnings, pleasures), driving away one by one – with the sole exception of the submissive Dominico – all his children: the females to a monastery, the males intolerant of his tyranny away from home. He ended up losing even his favourite natural daughter, Marietta, educated against the conventions of society to make her his most successful creation: a musician, a painter, a free woman. Dragging us into Venice at the end of the sixteenth century, sumptuous and cosmopolitan, threatened by the Turks and devastated by the plague, Melania G. Mazzucco paints a picture of a world at the height of its splendour yet presaging its decline, and gives readers the exciting tale of a total, absolute love.

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, Premio Alassio “Un autore per l’Europa”, Premio Dessì, Premio Corrado Alvaro e Libero Bigiaretti, Premio Io Donna, Premio Stresa, Premio Mastercard, Premio Manzoni, Premio Righetto, Premio Friuli Venezia Giulia). In 2020 she won the Premio alla Carriera John Fante. In 2021 she received Premio regione Friuli Venezia Giulia with the long story Fuoco infinito. 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. She’s among the authors of the anthology Ferite (2021). Her books have been translated in 28 countries.

Download here Melania Mazzucco’s rights catalogue

 

“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 marvel of emotion, construction and erudition. A masterly lesson in humanity and literature”. El País

“This moving confession immerses us in Renaissance Venice with stunning realism”. Le Nouvel Observateur

“A hard-to-forget female character.”
l’Espresso

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
Portugal: Book Cover
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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