Fabrizio Garrone is an impoverished aristocrat who makes his living through translating, and whose cautious existence is marked by his inability to give his heart to anything - not his best friend, not his mistress, not even his own life. This book won the Bugatta Prize.
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This is a work whose imaginative power is so intense that the line between truth and fiction, reality and dream cannot be drawn. The protagonist, Fabrizio Garrone, is an impecunious aristocrat earning a meager living as a translator. He comes across a reference to an obscure novel, The House on Moon Lake, by Fritz Oberhofer, a little-known German writer. Tracking down the book, Fabrizio becomes obsessed by it. His enchantment with the original pervades his translation, so that in a profound sense he becomes the author, simply writing in a different language. So successful is the finished product that the publisher demands a biography of Oberhofer, which Fabrizio hastens to supply. But because Oberhofer disappeared during the last three years of his lifethe years in which he wrote his now-famous novelFabrizio invents a series of events, as well as a mistress, Maria Lettner. Soon, Fabrizio receives a telephone call from a woman claiming to be Maria Lettner's granddaughter, who invites him to a house on Moon Lake to read the correspondence between Fritz and Maria. Fabrizio acceptsand enters his fiction. And with a shiver of excitement and anticipation, the reader slips in beside him.
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Book Description Flamingo, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6541941