The Worst Intentions

The Worst Intentions

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Thirty-three-year old Daniel, heir to the checkering fortunes of the Sonninos, inherits his grandfather's extravagant passions and his father's glum servility, and falls victim to a crippling infatuation with Gaia, the fountainhead of his erotic fantasies and fetishes.

Blackwell North Amer
Daniel is the thirty-three-year-old heir to the checkered fortunes of the Sonninos, a Jewish-Italian family whose staggering rise and fall provides the backdrop to this remarkable tragicomedy. Daniel is on bad terms with himself, having inerited both his grandfather's extravagant passions and his father's glum servility. He is prone to the excess typical of his class—despite his family's crumbling textile empire—and is victim of a crippling infatuation with Gaia, the fountainhead of his erotic fantasties and fetishes. In Piperno's urgent, explosive writing, Daniel Sonnino emerges as an unlikely hero in a modern saga of personal liberty and public ritual, love and war, sex and betrayal, sin and forgiveness, set in the opulent neighborhoods of contemporary Rome.

Winner of the prestigious 2005 Campiello Prize for Best First Novel and the 2005 Viareggio Prize, The Worse Intentions was the most talked-about debut for an Italian novelist in decades. It sold 80,000 copies in its first two weeks of publication, prompting Italy's leading daily newspaper to describe it as "a dangerous novel...Right from the title, this daring book proclaims the furiously bellicose and iconoclastic spirit that drives it." (La Repubblica)

Reminiscent of Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint, The Worst Intentions is a lavish, important novel by one of Italy's most talented and promising young writers.

Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2007
ISBN: 9781933372334
Branch Call Number: Fiction Piperno
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Goldstein, Ann 1949-
Alternative Title: Con le peggiori intenzioni


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