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Novecento. Un monologo (Italian) Perfect Paperback

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Product Details

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  • Publisher: Feltrinelli
  • Language: Italian
  • ISBN-10: 8807921790
  • ISBN-13: 978-8807921797
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,635,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Novecento contains all the originality of baricco, enhancing his sense of humor and creating an unforgettable character. Born on a ship, pianist Novecento is the typical man on the 1900s literature: unlike the 1800s literary traveler, Novecento loves his ship and is afraid of leaving it. but his fear is depicted by Baricco in such rational and suggestive terms that the reader just can't help it but love the eccentric pianist. Those who are familiar with baricco will appreciate the simple yet involving language and style, which baricco masters and chisels as he wish to make one actor on a simple stage show the ocean and the music -two things baricco has no equals in describing.
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I can't believe that this book hasn't been published in English. Or is just that they changed the title and I cannot find it?

Anyway, if you like the books of Baricco you will have that all of his art is condensed in the hundred pages of this monologe: the sea, the music, the inner adventure, the magic...

The language is amazingly simple it gives the impression that writting is easy... until you try.

The plot is simple: Novecento was born and abandoned in a boat crossing the Atlantic. The crew adopted him and he spent there all his life, refusing to ever set foot on the land. On the boat he learnt to play piano and became the biggest pianinst of his time. Or at least is what the people that heard him claim. Another pianist, the so-called "father of the jazz" will try to prove them wrong by defying Novecento in a musical duel.

Questo monologo e una assoluta meraviglia, pieno di magia, di innocencia ed allo stesso tempo pieno di profondezza. Baricco, sei un grande!!! Ancora ho un nudo in golla quando penso a Novecento ed e gia anni che lo ho letto. Ho sempre un "novecento" a mano per donarlo a quelli che voglio bene.
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A wonderfully spirited, if not (pleasantly) unbelievable, account of a person born on a ship who plays jazz (piano) on the very same ship. (Did I mention that he never leaves the ship...well sort of). Baricco has taken the improbable and, in the most unexpected ways, made it impossible and then sad...and then funny...and then...(well you will have to read the roughly 60 pages of this monologue to see). There are few descriptions that I could imagine that could come close to describing what it was like to read this book that reads like a play. How did I feel after reading it? Like I needed to read it again. And I did. Reading Baricco is like listening to your favourite song on repeat. There are notions he introduces early on in the book that come back in your mind like the chorus of that favourite song; or passages that, once read, have to be read immediately again for the humour, for the sheer delight, for the absurdity of the scene. Novecento is at once an exercise in economy and grandeur. Very few books of this length (and even longer) come close to this level of quality, finality or satisfaction. Highly recommended for its insights on the journeys we take in life, and how we relate to people along the way. "
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I was heavily impressed by this book. Like no other book it follows me for years and makes me smile, cry, dream, imagine at any mention or thought of it. I wish so much to express my highest respect and gratitude to Baricco for making many days of my life a dream to live.

This is what life is about - tiny special moments that let us feel the eternity in all its glory.

I am lucky to be able to read many languages so i have copies of it in German, Italian and French. I have given many copies of this book to people i love. Unfortunately i have many "english speaking only" friends and grieve for the fact that they cannot read this wonderful book.

I would like to co-appeal with the first reviewer to have someone publish this book in english.

thanks

tatjana dzambazova
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By Cla on November 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Meraviglioso! Ma avevo visto il film già prima di leggerlo. Quindi ogni battuta,ogni passaggio ha risvegliato quelle emozioni che il film mi aveva trasmesso grazie alla grande interpretazione di Tim Roth.. ! Un capolavoro nato dalla penna di un bravissimo Baricco! Consigliati sia libro che film!
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