A diamond-sharp, captivating Italian classic about the mysterious relationships between two couples in occupied Italy, in English for the first time
‘Romano writes in a dreamlike present, which is to say the present that appears to us in dreams… clear and full of shadows, concrete and out of reach’ Natalia Ginzburg
‘A marvel’ Sunjeev Sahota
Forced back to her remote hometown by the war, Giulia is immediately drawn to a couple in a similar situation: graceful, spontaneous Ada and her husband Paolo, a sickly teacher and partisan in hiding. Joined from Turin by Giulia’s husband Stefano, the two couples form an intense bond; as the Germans begin to occupy Italy, a subtle dance of attractions begins, intensified by their shared isolation and the muffled hum of threat over a long, hard winter.
In prose of subtle, enigmatic atmospheres and acutely precise images, Lalla Romano evokes both the tension and the stillness of life in occupied Italy. Translated into English for the first time, A Silence Shared is a captivating classic novel that inhabits the silent spaces between historic events, depicting the mysterious luminosity of human relationships in extraordinary circumstances.