Article published on November 1, 2011.
An internationally bestselling, acutely moving story set amidst the atrocities of the Bosnian war, Twice Born masterfully plumbs the depths of love, grief, and the all-consuming power of motherhood. Gemma hasn’t been back to Sarajevo in sixteen years. She returns to teach her son Pietro about the city of his birth and the father he never knew. But the visit brings with it impassioned memories of her love affair with Pietro’s father, their determination to have a child whatever the cost, and their deep connection to the city even as war threatened to destroy it. Brought to life by an unforgettable cast of characters, Twice Born is a tale of the acts of brutality and generosity that war can inspire, and of the bonds of family fused in times of crisis.
Twice Born, already a blockbuster in Italy, is optioned for a film starring Penelope Cruz and marks Mazzantini’s arrival as a novelist of serious stature and international significance.
About Margaret Mazzantini:
Margaret Mazzantini was born in Dublin and now lives in Rome. She trained as an actress but left the stage to concentrate on writing. Her first novel, Don’t Move, won the prestigious Strega Prize, and sold over 2m copies.
Enter to win one of five hardback copies of Twice Born by answering a couple of questions, the answers available in an extract on Bookdiva. The competition closes at midnight on the 14th of November.
1. What happened to Pietro at school last year?
2. What initially brought Gemma to Sarajevo?
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