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    DescriptionA prime number is inherently a solitary thing: it can only be divided by itself, or by one; it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia also move on their own axes, alone with their personal tragedies. As a child Alice's overbearing father drove her first to a terrible skiing accident, and then to anorexia. When she meets Mattia she recognises a kindred spirit, and Mattia reveals to Alice his terrible secret: that as a boy he abandoned his mentally-disabled twin sister in a park to go to a party, and when he returned, she was nowhere to be found. These two irreversible episodes mark Alice and Mattia's lives for ever, and as they grow into adulthood their destinies seem irrevocably intertwined. But then a chance sighting of a woman who could be Mattia's sister forces a lifetime of secret emotion to the surface. A meditation on loneliness and love, "The Solitude of Prime Numbers" asks, can we ever truly be whole when we're in love with another?


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    Title
    The Solitude of Prime Numbers
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paolo Giordano
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780552775472
    ISBN 10: 0552775479
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: 853.92
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Publisher
    Transworld Publishers Ltd
    Imprint name
    Black Swan
    Publication date
    18 March 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Paolo Giordano was born in Turin in 1982. He is working on a doctorate in particle physics. The Solitude of Prime Numbers, his first novel, has sold over a million copies in its native Italian, and is being translated into twenty languages. It won Italy's answer to the Man Booker Prize, the Premio Strega Award.
    Review quote
    "A very accomplished book... A melancholic, but strangely beautiful, read. Shaun Whiteside's translation is exemplary and the acute descriptions of teenage competitiveness, angst and aspiration bring to mind Alan Warner's writing" Guardian "In clear, heartbreakingly precise prose, the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Premio Strega (the Italian Man Booker) explores how trauma and guilt can capsize emotional stability and leave the vulnerable in a wash of unease and loss...a stunning achievement" Daily Mail "Moving... masterful... elegantly discreet" The Times Literary Supplement "The year's most important debut" La Repubblica "The story is mesmerising" Good Housekeeping