Lives of the Saints: Twentieth Anniversary Edition

9781897151976

ISBN 9781897151976 | 6.25″ x 9.25″ | HC | $36

Category: Classics, Literary Novels, Historical Fiction, Art/Photo/Gift Books

 


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Synopsis

When young Vittorio Innocente’s mother, Cristina, is bitten by a snake during an encounter with a blue-eyed stranger, the superstitions and prejudices rampant in their small Italian town immediately boil to the surface. For the independent-minded Cristina, however, the worst is yet to come, as the townsfolk notices the swell of her stomach. The villagers, and even her father, the Mayor, ostracize and isolate her. Vittorio, meanwhile, barely grasping the situation, is taunted by the children at school, befriended only by a compassionate teacher who gives him her valued copy of Lives of the Saints, which he pores over as an escape from his daily torments. Eight months pregnant and unable to abide her treatment in the village any longer, Cristina books a passage to Canada for herself and Vittorio – but not to join her husband Mario, who sailed there when Vittorio was only an infant. Nino Ricci’s classic bestseller is a poignant coming-of-age story and a searing look at a post-war Italy.

For the twentieth anniversary of the novel’s release, Cormorant is proud to present a hardcover commemorative edition of Lives of the Saints, featuring new materials, including chapters previously excised and a travel essay by Nino Ricci, illustrations by Tony Urquhart, and an introduction by Steven Hayward.

 

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Awards

Winner of the 1990 Governor General’s Literary Award For Fiction
Winner of the 1990 W.H.Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award
Winner of the 1990 F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for Prose
Winner of the 1991 Winifred Holtby Prize for Best Regional Novel
Winner of the 1991 Betty Trask Award for Fiction
Shortlisted for the 1991 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction


Praise

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“A beautifully paced and measured first novel … an extraordinary story – brooding and ironic, suffused with yearning, tender and lucid and gritty … perfect pitch and brilliant descriptive powers.”
The New York Times

“This is a marvellously told story, unbearably poignant … I can hardly think of a book I have enjoyed more this year.”
The Telegraph

“A gem of a novel, and its author is blessed with the rare ability to recreate a world entire and make us believe in it.”
The Globe and Mail

“It is so lucid, it is dazzling. This seems to me to be literature at its best.”
The Toronto Star

“A wise novel, elegant and compassionate.”
The Ottawa Citizen

“Nino Ricci has achieved a novel of remarkable beauty and unforgettable power … belongs on the shelf reserved for writers such as Chatwin, Ondaatje and Flannery O’Connor. I cannot praise him too highly.”
— Timothy Findley


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About the Author

Ricci, Nino - is author of the Lives of the Saints trilogy, which includes the novels Lives of the Saints, In a Glass House, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Where She has Gone. (read more)
Urquhart, Tony - was named to the Order of Canada in 1995, and received the Governor General's Award for Visual and Media Arts in 2009. He has illustrated literary works by Jane Urquhart, Michael Ondaatje, Matt Cohen, Louis Dudek, and Rohinton Mistry.

Books by the Author

Lives of the Saints - Nino Ricci
ISBN 9781897151358 | 5.5" x 8.5" | TPB | $20

Winner of the 1990 Governor General's Literary Award For Fiction
Winner of the 1990 W.H.Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award
Winner of the 1990 F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for Prose
Winner of the 1991 Winifred Holtby Prize for Best Regional Novel
Winner of the 1991 Betty Trask Award for Fiction
Shortlisted for the 1991 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction


Nino Ricci’s classic bestseller is a poignant coming-of-age story and a searing look at a post-war Italy. (read more)
Lives of the Saints: Twentieth Anniversary Edition - Nino Ricci
illustrations by Tony Urquhart
ISBN 9781897151976 | 6.25" x 9.25" | HC | $36

Winner of the 1990 Governor General's Literary Award For Fiction
Winner of the 1990 W.H.Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award
Winner of the 1990 F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for Prose
Winner of the 1991 Winifred Holtby Prize for Best Regional Novel
Winner of the 1991 Betty Trask Award for Fiction
Shortlisted for the 1991 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction


A hardcover commemorative edition featuring new materials, including chapters previously excised and a travel essay by Nino Ricci, illustrations by Tony Urquhart, and an introduction by Steven Hayward. (read more)

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