Di chi è la colpa (Who is to Blame)
Blaming other people for our own unhappiness is a proven exercise of bad faith, a temptation within everyone’s reach. And that is what the protagonist of this novel tries to do, to a certain extent.
As the only child in a dysfunctional family where his debt-ridden parents always argued, he was an introverted kid who was used to being self-sufficient and seeking comfort in his own thoughts. He grew up in a strictly mononuclear dimension, without knowing anything about his relatives. Then, on the threshold of becoming a teenager, he discovers that of course they have a past, and it is a particularly cumbersome one too.
The protagonist finds himself engulfed in a bloody event and overnight, he finds himself becoming part of a completely new family and ushers in a life of sensational deception. He will meet fascinating characters, he will travel, he will go to the best schools and develop an obsession for literature in the wake of his desperate love for an eccentric cousin with a passion for Victorian novels. Hypocrisy, misery, grudges, and unhappiness: he thought he had finally left that all behind him, but he will have to come to terms with the fact that these poisons infect every family; they are impossible to escape.
In this brilliant, captivating, moving novel, Alessandro Piperno presents a magnificent synopsis of his literary identities. He returns to first person narration, finding once again the pyrotechnic, sardonic, iconoclastic storytelling of his gorgeous debut Con le peggiori intenzioni tempered by the introspective and sorrowful vein that runs through Il fuoco amico dei ricordi.
Di chi è la colpa is the latest beautiful novel from one of the greatest Italian authors, winner of the Campiello Opera Prima award, the Strega Prize, and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger.