Jun 14, 2007

Without Blood by Alessandro Baricco


Alessandro Baricco is famous Italian writer and "Without Blood" (2002.) is one of his famous novels.
It`s short, but tells more than some three times longer novels. For me this novel was like a good and strong wine.
Baricco tells an almost real story (it could happen), divided in two parts separated by time. First part tells about little girl`s family murder at the end of war. In second part this girl Nina (already old woman then) meets with last surviving murderer Tito, who secretly spared her life. She had taken her time, prepared and fulfilled her revenge...almost... They sit down and share the memories. Tito thinks that Nina will kill him, but Nina isn`t so sure anymore... The war is over for them.
I liked Baricco`s writing style: clear and poetic, almost stingy in words, yet making each character psychologically deep. I could almost hear them speaking, so well written the dialogues are.
"Without Blood" is first novel I have read from A. Baricco and I`m impressed. Must search for his best known novel "Silk"...


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