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Without Blood

By | 2020-04-11T00:19:54+02:00 May 1st, 2005|Books, Recent Reviews|

By Alessandro Baricco, translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein

Canongate, 2005. 128 pages.

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arricco’s novellas are ruminative parables inhabited by sketches of people determined to make peace with their charcoaled memories. In Civil War Spain, a man named Manuel Roca hides his young daughter Nina in a cellar moments before he’s gunned down by three assassins. Nina is seen but spared. Years later, she tracks down Tito, the man who couldn’t shoot her. Barricco orchestrates a variation on the Stockholm Syndrome in which empathy complicates intended revenge. A lean and stylish morality tale.

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