The Silence of the Wave

The Silence of the Wave

Book - 2013
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A stand-alone thriller from best-selling Italian crime writer Gianrico Carofiglio, whose work has been translated into twenty-four languages. Every Monday and Thursday, Roberto Marías crosses Rome on foot for his appointment with his psychiatrist. There he sits in silence, flooded by memories. He remembers surfing with his father as a child. He remembers the treacherous years he spent working as an undercover agent, years that taught him how cynicism and corruption are not merely external influences but exist within us as well. His past has left him devastated, but now his psychiatrist's words, his hypnotic strolls through Rome, and a chance meeting with a woman named Emma--who, like Roberto, is ravaged by a profound guilt--begin to painfully revive him. And when eleven-year-old Giacomo asks Roberto to help him conquer his nightmares, Roberto at last achieves a true rebirth. A thriller about human faults, frailties, and the painful bond between fathers and sons. Praise for The Silence of the Wave: "A novel distinguished by the natural gift of prose as smooth and silent as a perfect wave." --Paolo Di Stefano, Corriere della Sera "A literary jigsaw full of plot twists." --Luciana Sica, La Repubblica
Publisher: New York : Rizzoli ex libris, 2013.
ISBN: 9780847841257
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 21 cm.


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Oct 01, 2017

Happening upon this book in the new book section of my branch library several years ago was one of the best things that has happened in my reading life. I have since then read everything he has written that is available in English so far. He packs more into small volumes that most writers manage in twice as many pages.

Carofiglio writes characters with such human warmth and so much depth and self-reflection that they are irresistible. His protagonists wry self-deprecation, his strong and very interesting women, his broad background references all make me eager for more of his novels to be translated into English. I am thankful that he is young enough to give me hope for many more to come.

ChristchurchLib Dec 09, 2013

"Attending twice-weekly therapy sessions in Rome during which he remembers devastating events from his past, former undercover agent Robert Marías gradually recovers enough to pursue a relationship with a guilt-ridden woman and help an 11-year-old boy to conquer debilitating nightmares. By the best-selling author of Temporary Perfections." Thrillers and Suspense December 2013 newsletter


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