Malacqua: Four Days of Rain in the City of Naples, Waiting for the Occurrence of an Extraordinary Event

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After a four-day deluge, Naples is flooded. Buildings collapse, sinkholes appear. Strange events spread across the city: ghostly voices emanate from a medieval castle and five-lire coins begin to play music, but only to ten-year-old children. A melancholy journalist searches for meaning as the narrative takes us into the minds of those who have suffered in the floods. Despite phenomenal initial success, the novel was withdrawn from publication at the author's request, and not reissued until after his death in 2012. Now translated into English for the first time, Malacqua remains a timely critique and a richly peopled portrait of a much-mythologised city.

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'This is a book with a meaning and a force and a message.' Italo Calvino ---------- 'A marvellous writer!' Roberto Saviano

· ‘Malacqua is a beguiling portrait of a fractured city, with its jostle of voices and competing desires.’ Toby Lichtig, Wall Street Journal · ‘A picture . . . of a city suspended in melancholy . . . The atmosphere of a flood is created by a free-flowing stream of consciousness, alternately intensifying and subsiding, and Shaun Whiteside’s sensitive translation never lets the original down.’ Anna Aslanyan, Times Literary Supplement · ‘This year’s strangest and most seductive book.’ The Spectator Books of the Year 2017 · ‘Nicola Pugliese’s novel has its own compelling voice, filled with the sound of water rushing, gushing, flowing, hammering on rooftops, falling in threads from the sky.’ Lee Langley, The Spectator · ‘The citizens of Naples watch the destruction of their city waiting for an “extraordinary event” to bring things to a head; this, they suspect is “merely the start of the transformation”. Whether or not their fears come true, readers can discover for themselves. What’s not in doubt, however, is the extraordinariness of this haunting, eerie novel.’ Lucy Scholes, The National

‘Pugliese’s fiaba vesuviana (Vesuvian fairytale), superbly translated by Shaun Whiteside, is a beautiful and haunting exploration of life at a meteorological extreme.’ Ian Thomson, Financial Times

‘Malacqua is a brooding novel, with flashes of brilliance . . . Pugliese’s narrative is epic in intent, [combining] reportage with nightmarish indications of the insidiousness of the new waterscape, absurdism and phantasmagoria.’ Catherine Taylor, New Statesman

‘This rediscovered classic has a back-story almost as uncanny as its mood . . . The skies clear, but the mystery lingers in this clammily unsettling tale.’ Boyd Tonkin, 1843

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Nicola Pugliese was born in Milan in 1944, but lived almost all his life in Naples. A journalist, his first and only novel, Malacqua, was published in 1977 by Italo Calvino. It sold out in days, but, at the author's request, was never reprinted until after his death in 2012. ---------- Shaun Whiteside's translations from Italian include Q, 54, Manituana and Altai by Luther Blissett/Wu Ming Foundation, The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano, 50 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed by Melissa Panarello and Venice is a Fish and Stabat Mater by Tiziano Scarpa. He also translates from French, German and Dutch. He lives in London.

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