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Hollow Heart
Hollow Heart | Viola Di Grado
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Finalist for the 2016 PEN Literary Award for Translation In this courageous, inventive, and intelligent novel, Viola di Grado tells the story of a suicide and what follows. She has given voice to an astonishing vision of life after life, portraying the awful longing and sense of loss that plague the dead, together with the solitude provoked by the impossibility of communicating. The afterlife itself is seen as a dark, seething place where one is preyed upon by the cruel and unrelenting elements. Hollow Heart will frighten as it provokes, enlighten as it causes concern. If ever there were a novel that follows Kafkas prescription for a book to be a frozen axe for the sea within us, it is Hollow Heart. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Weaponxgirl
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A warning for suicide and this sounds trite but this novel is haunting. This is wonderfully written as the protagonist comes to terms with her afterlife and what she has done and the effects it has on the world without being able to affect it physically herself anymore. Weird and wonderful. Put this in for indie press on #readingwomenchallenge #womenintranslation @Andrew65 @ephemeralwaltz

ephemeralwaltz Ooh interesting. NEVER heard of this, adding to the TBR. 5y
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz I only found it because of my personal goal to read more women in translation this year. So glad I did. It's on scribd if you have it 5y
ephemeralwaltz I don't but thank you! That's great - I need to read more women in translation as well. Have to get to 5y
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Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz I haven't read the first one yet but it is on the list for this year at some point 5y
ephemeralwaltz @Weaponxgirl I really liked it!! I'm excited to start the second one. Hope you enjoy! 5y
batsy I added it to my Goodreads before I joined Litsy but haven't gotten around to it. It sounds really intriguing! 5y
Weaponxgirl @batsy it was different from anything I've read before and it was different in a good way from what I was expecting. Don't know what I was expecting before though 5y
Andrew65 This looks great, thanks for posting it and tagging me in. 👍 5y
Weaponxgirl @Andrew65 no problem 😀 5y
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reneelyons
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It‘s immediately evident that this is not going to be your average ghost story. Dorotea navigates the living world from the perspective of the afterworld. She visits people and places she knew while living, all the while returning daily to her corpse to fascinate in its decomposition. A unique read that will resonate with those living with depression.

https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/book-review-hollow-heart-by-vio...

Reviewsbylola That definitely sounds intriguing, and a little morbid. 6y
reneelyons Yep! @Reviewsbylola That's exactly what this book is! (edited) 6y
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UltraVioletRosie
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Very tragic. Please check out my full review on Goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23399031?source=ebfg_sms

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UltraVioletRosie
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Went from Hollow City to Hollow Heart. Two drastically different novels.

SoniaC Extremely different! I'm eager to hear what you thought of Hollow Heart. I don't know anyone else who read it. 6y
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SoniaC
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Just finished this incredible book. It is dark and beautiful. This book is a sad exploration of the afterlife of lonely Dorotea. It will move you, it will disgust you, it will break your heart. The writing is highly skilled even when deeply disturbing. This one will haunt me for a long time.

ReadingOver50 Amazing cover art 6y
SoniaC @ReadingOver50 yes it's a beautiful book inside and out. 6y
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SoniaC
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The way this woman uses words is simply awe inspiring. So many great passages. This is just one of many.

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SoniaC
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A perfect day for a trip to my favorite little cafe for some tea and pumpkin cake along with this incredible book. It's so darkly beautiful. Her take on death will haunt you.

Lacythebookworm Love that cover! I look forward to hearing your thoughts once you finish 👍 6y
Lacythebookworm The tea and cake look tempting as well 😊 6y
SoniaC @Lacythebookworm the cover is what caught my attention. Fortunately the writing inside is just as impressive so far. 6y
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SoniaC
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Love this quote on grief. The writing in this book is powerful.

Sue Boy, does that resonate. 6y
Bibliogeekery Wonderful quote! 6y
SoniaC @Sue it sure does. 6y
SoniaC @Bibliogeekery thank you. Her writing is so powerful. I'm in awe. 6y
KVanRead So true. 6y
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SoniaC
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Trigger Warning- suicide. This first sentence and paragraph is just haunting.

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SoniaC
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Started this tonight. Just the first few pages but wow what an opening line. Something tells me this one will be intense.

BookishFeminist I keep meaning to read this. I'm looking forward to your review! 6y
SoniaC @BookishFeminist the subject seems dark but the writing beautiful. At least so far. I'll let you know. 6y
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SoniaC
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Admiring parts of the TBR pile.

elkeOriginal Books Inc!! Yay indie bookstores! 6y
SoniaC @elkeo it's my favorite! 6y
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SoniaC
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TBR Tuesday... Didn't want to miss out on the fun. Sadly can't show off my Kindle TBR pile. Happy reading 💗💗💗

Leelee08 Christopher Moore is a genius. I love all of his books! 😀 6y
SoniaC @Leelee08 I've only read Sacre Bleu so far but I loved it. I'm really excited about these two. 6y
Mirshad Mort is in my list as well. I hope to get to it this year but you know what it's like! I really enjoyed the first two IQ84 books when I read them. 6y
SoniaC @Mirshad I'm looking forward to all of them. Sadly I can't read them all at once! 6y
LauraLeah I love seeing readers stacks. 6y
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