One Hundred Strokes of the Brush be

One Hundred Strokes of the Brush be

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One very hot Italian summer, a schoolgirl sits alone in her bedroom, staring at posters of Marlene Dietrich and listening to classical music. She strips before her mirror, examining her adolescent body pleasurably yet without desire. She writes: 'I want love, diary. I want to feel my heart melt, to see the stalactites of my ice shatter and sink in the river of passion, of beauty.' The narrator searches for love but the men she meets only want sex. With the pain of unrequited love comes the excitement caused by her discovery of the sexual power she has over men (and other women). This diary of a teenage girl's sex life is a work of deceptive innocence. Influenced by Nabokov and Anais Nin, it is both erotic and literary. When the book was first published, it was assumed that this could not be the work of a teenager. In fact it is the first novel of a young writer of great literary more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 124 x 170 x 20mm | 181.44g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Italian
  • 185242866X
  • 9781852428662
  • 1,596,585

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"'Catherine Millet can go put her clothes on. Seventeen years old, Melissa P. has become a literary phenomenon in Italy... a real literary talent in the Sicilian fabular tradition of Giovanni Verga' Les Echos; 'I hope that when she officially becomes a 'writer' she does not lose the adolescent fervour of experiment and discovery' Il Manifesto; 'Rendered with a language much more elegant and precise than you would expect from a teenager' Corriere della Sera"show more

About "Melissa P."

Born in 1985 into a middle-class family, Melissa P. lives in Aci Castello near Catania in Sicily. Since 2002, she has been keeping a diary which she converted in 2003 into One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed. A great admirer of The Ages of Lulu by Almudena Grandes, Melissa P. has always been a great reader. When writing, she listens to opera: another love which marks her out from other Sicilian high-school more

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