The Italian’s Son

The Italian’s Son


The Italian’s Son

Original title: El fill de l’italià
Author: Rafel Nadal Farreras

On the 4th September 1943, the Italian Navy’s newest and largest battleship, Roma, slips out of La Spezia to attack a sizeable Allied naval force. At the Strait of Bonifaccio, between Corsica and Sardinia, the Luftwaffe bombards the Roma, which quickly sinks, killing over 1,500 men. The survivors then embark on a journey that takes them first to the island of Menorca, and then to Caldes de Malavella, a small Catalan village with an abandoned health resort where they settle and wait. It’s in Caldes where Ciro – one of the Italian navy men who sings Neapolitan songs – meets Joana, a married woman who plants carnations to escape an unloving husband who is rarely home.

Sixty years later, right after his beloved mother’s funeral, Mateu decides to search for the man people say is his real father. Rumours have always circulated in the village, and there’s that old photograph of the Italian navy men about to play a football match. One looks exactly like him.

The Italian’s Son is an epic journey of self-discovery, and a profound story of forbidden love set during the Spanish Civil War.

Original language

CATALAN | Columna

Translation rights

SPANISH | Destino
FRENCH | Editis
ITALIAN | DeA Planeta Libri

  • Winner of the Ramon Llull Award 2019
  • A European bestseller

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