Domenico Starnone was born in Naples and lives in Rome. He is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including First Execution, Ties, a New York Times Editors Pick and Notable Book of the Year, and a Sunday Times and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, Trick (Europa, 2018), a Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award and the 2019 PEN Translation Prize, and Trust. The House on Via Gemito won Italy's most prestigious literary prize, the Strega. Oonagh Stransky has been a translator of Italian literature for over 20 years. Some of the writers whose work she has brought into English include Pier Paolo Pasolini, Carlo Lucarelli, Giuseppe Pontiggia, and Roberto Saviano. Stransky started studying Italian at Middlebury Language Schools in 1986, got her BA in Comparative Literature from Mills College and UC Berkeley in 1989, and her MA in Italian from Columbia University in 2002. She currently lives in Italy.
'"Domenico Starnone's most important book . . . robust, flawlessly
structured and luminously written."' - L'Indice
'"A cross-section of Neapolitan life, and a life-story expertly told."' - Benevento
'"A masterpiece."' - Reading in Translation