Gianrico Carofiglio
Le tre del mattino (Three O'Clock in the Morning)
A novel, Einaudi Stile Libero, October 2017, 170 pages

“Lucid and touching.” la Repubblica

“There is not a word to add, a word to take away. ” La Lettura – Corriere della Sera

“The rare, unusual, sometimes disconcerting relationship between a father and a son” L’Obs

“This book could have been three times as long and still not be boring for a second.” Stern


A father and son.
The story of an encounter that will change them forever.
A moving novel of discovery and coming of age.

Antonio is on the cusp of adulthood, trying to work out who to be and what to do. His father, once a brilliant mathematician, hasn’t figured much in his son’s life since the divorce from Antonio’s mother, a beautiful and elusive woman. A diagnosis of epilepsy and hope for a cure takes father and son to Marseille, where they must spend two days and two nights together, without sleep. In a foreign city, under strained circumstances, they get to know each other and connect for the first time.

Elegant, warm and tender, set against the vivid backdrop of 1980s Marseille and its beautiful calanques, Three O’Clock in the Morning is an unforgettable story about illusions and regret, about talent and the passage of time and, most of all, about love.

“And Dad played a solo. I would never have admitted it to myself, but I was really proud of him and wished I could tell everyone near me that the tall, thin, elegant-looking man sitting at the piano, looking much younger than his fifty-one years, was my father.
When he finished, summing up the meaning of what he had played in two conclusive, melancholy scales, there was a burst of friendly applause. And I also applauded and kept doing so until I was sure he had seen me, because I was starting to realise that there are such things as misunderstandings and I didn’t want there to be any at that moment.”

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.

“This is a wonderful book, there’s not much else to say.” Antonio D’Orrico, La Lettura

“A coming-of-age journey that is as rational as it is touching, and that builds up some crucial symbolisms (the mother and the father have no name, they only represent their objective function) in the reflections of a beautiful dryness.” Leonetta Bentivoglio, la Repubblica

“It’s not a crime story but the suspense is still there, in Gianrico Carofiglio’s coming-of-age novel.” Alberto Riva, il Venerdì di Repubblica

“Epilepsy has an unspeakable quality that Carofiglio manages to express sharply” Leonetta Bentivoglio, la Repubblica

“One of those novels for which you feel sorry in the last pages, when reading slows down to ward off the final word.” Il fatto quotidiano

“Lucid and touching.” la Repubblica

“There is not a word to add, a word to take away. ” La Lettura – Corriere della Sera

“The rare, unusual, sometimes disconcerting relationship between a father and a son” L’Obs

“This book could have been three times as long without and still not be boring for a second.” Stern

Foreign rights
USA and UK: HarperVia
Australia and New Zeland: Text Publishing
Germany, Austria and Switzerland: Folio Verlag
France, Switzerland and Belgium: Slatkine
Spain and Latin America: Anagrama
Serbia: Clio Publishing


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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