The blurb says: A woman on the run from her past. A child on the run from reality. A man bound by a mysterious sin. These three compelling characters’ stories gain momentum quickly, in clear and absorbing prose that plumbs their deepest feelings. Carofiglio confronts the dark side of the human soul in this captivating story of fall and redemption.
Every Monday and Thursday, Roberto Marías crosses Rome on foot to arrive at his psychiatrist’s office. There, he often sits in silence, stumped by the ritual—but sometimes crucial memories come to the surface. He remembers when he was a child and used to surf with his father. He remembers the treacherous years he spent working as an under-cover agent, years that taught him how cynicism and corruption are not merely external influences, but exist within us, as well. His has lived an intoxicating and crushing life, but now his psychiatrist’s words, the hypnotic strolls through Rome, and a meeting with a woman named Emma—who like Roberto is ravaged by a profound guilt—are beginning to revive him. And when eleven-year-old Giacomo asks Roberto to help him conquer his nightmares, Roberto at last achieves a true rebirth.
In this fast-paced yet aching story about human faults, frailties, and fathers and sons, Gianrico Carofiglio enchants his readers with a new protagonist: the unforgettable Roberto Marías.
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