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The House of Scorta
Synopses & Reviews
An epic tale of love, lies, and a familys disgrace in the unforgiving south of Italy.
After receiving stunning critical acclaim and Frances most prestigious literary award, the Goncourt Prize, Laurent Gaudés The House of Scorta (published in France as Le Soleil des Scorta) has sold more than 400,000 copies. Spanning five generations in a small village in southern Italy, Gaudés novel is laced with infamous crimes, forsaken loves, and lifelong secrets.
The saga of the Scortas opens in 1870 with Rocco Scorta Mascalzone, the bastard product of a rape and a notorious scoundrel whose legacy the family is forced to confront. While their lineage seems doomed to struggle, the Scortas are blessed with an imposing pride and a relentless faith in their own power. Besides a little tobacco shop they manage to open with their years of savings, their wealth all but lies in their memories and their collective belief in the pursuit of happiness.
Gaudés omniscient, linear narrative is interwoven with the recollections of the old Carmela as she delivers her last confession to the family priest, exposing the familys deep-buried secret.
About the Author
Laurent Gaudés first novel, The Death of an Ancient King, was published in almost twenty countries. Also an accomplished playwright, Gaudé found inspiration for The House of Scorta in his wifes family story and through his extensive travels in Italy.
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