The Sunlit Stage

The Sunlit Stage

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In Rome, in 1979, a shy young Englishwoman called Julia meets Ennio. The two fall deeply in love, but theirs will be a troubled affair, shrouded in secrecy and constantly under threat. For Italy in 1979 is a country of violent radical politics: a dangerous, heady time, filled with bitter hope and fear. And Ennio is one of the most wanted men in Italy, a member of the notorious terrorist group, Sinistra Armata. Twenty years on, their daughter Lotte, brought up by a grandmother in London, knows nothing of her parents' love affair or the shocking events leading up to her birth. But on discovering the truth, she journeys to Italy to reclaim her past - only to find her mother's story haunting her more forcefully that she could have believed. Haunting, evocative and moving, The Sunlit Stage is a breathtaking novel about love and self-discovery.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 24mm | 181.44g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Export and UK open market ed
  • 0747578532
  • 9780747578536

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'She vividly conjures up the sights and smells of a foreign landscape. Those who have enjoyed Michele Roberts' sensuous accounts of gender, history and nationhood will find much to admire in this promising intergenerational saga' Daily Mail 'Persuasive, moving, sympathetic. This is a novel intelligently conceived and written with feeling ... It's hard to suppose that a better first novel will appear this year' Allan Massie, Scotsman 'Intriguing and absorbing' Instyle 'I really enjoyed it: it captures all the passion, fear and terror of Italy in the dangerous 1970s' Santa Montefioreshow more

About Simonetta Wenkert

Simonetta Wenkert was born in London in 1965 of Italian-Austrian parents. After graduating from Durham University, she translated A Cercar La Bella Morte (In Search of a Glorious Death) by Carlo Mazzantini which was short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Award. Simonetta has lived in Athens, Rome and Jerusalem and has worked as a teacher and a translator of film scripts. She currently lives in London with her husband and three children. The Sunlit Stage is her first novel.show more