Head Above Water
Translated by Anne Milano Appel
"Middle-aged writer awkwardly attempts to make peace with his past — and grow up while he's at it. . . . Very deftly handled: Italian poet Bortolussi's debut has a light touch . . ."
“Stefano Bortolussi surveys the adolescent angst of the Italian male who struggles with his inner demons with humor and sympathy . . .”
“ . . . in this debut novel . . . Cardo Mariano ruminates on his feckless political past, his lusty and sometimes baffling relationships with women, and finally comes to terms with his loneliness and fear. A pleasure on all counts.”