Nicola Pugliese, Shaun Whiteside

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: And Other Stories

Published: 7th Nov '17


Four days of rain trigger strange events across Naples: ghostly voices are heard, musical coins appear. As a journalist searches for meaning, we follow those caught in the floods. This portrait of a much-mythologised city captivated Italy when published in 1977. Withdrawn until Pugliese’s death in 2012, it has never before appeared in English.

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After a four-day deluge, Naples is flooded. Buildings collapse, sinkholes appear. Strange events spread across the city: ghostly voices emanate from a medieval castle and five-lire coins begin to play music, but only to ten-year-old children. A melancholy journalist searches for meaning as the narrative takes us into the minds of those who have suffered in the floods. Despite phenomenal initial success, the novel was withdrawn from publication at the author’s request, and not reissued until after his death in 2012. Now translated into English for the first time, Malacqua remains a timely critique and a richly peopled portrait of a much-mythologised city.

Additional information

Dimensions 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 208