Timoteo: high-flying career as a surgeon, beautiful wife, luxurious apartment, villa by the sea - he seems the epitome of success and glamour.
But then his daughter has an accident and is rushed to the hospital in a coma.
A colleague operates on her, and while the agonised Timoteo awaits the outcome, he holds the reader in the vice-like grip of his confession.
For, beneath the veneer of his apparently charmed life, there is a story of squalor, degradation, deceit and strange passion.
The story of a doomed love affair with a woman who, from the moment Timoteo meets her, undermines everything he thought he knew about himself.
Mazzantini's chilling portrait of a supremely self-assured man losing control has taken readers by storm across the world.
Highly atmospheric, subtly disturbing, this is a powerful and extraordinary novel.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/03/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099462033