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The Day of Judgment
07 Apr 2016 * PAPERBACK * £10 * 9781784975708

Around the turn of the twentieth century, in the isolated Sardinian town of Nuoro, the aristocratic notary Don Sebastiano Sanna reflects on his life, his family's history and the fortunes of this provincial backwater where he has lived out his days.

Fiction / FA (Fiction)
Extent: 288 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm
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The Day of Judgmentby Salvatore Satta, introduction by Mark Thompson

At precisely nine o'clock, as he did every evening, Don Sebastiano Sanna Carboni pushed back his armchair, carefully folded the newspaper which he had read to the very last line, tidied up the little things on his desk, and prepared to go down to the ground floor...

Around the turn of the twentieth century, in the isolated Sardinian town of Nuoro, the aristocratic notary Don Sebastiano Sanna reflects on his life, his family's history and the fortunes of this provincial backwater where he has lived out his days.

 
Salvatore Satta (1902–1975) was one of Italy's foremost jurists and the man who rewrote the Italian Penal Code after World War II to rid it of Facism. Following his death, the manuscript for THE DAY OF JUDGMENT was found amongst his papers. It is believed he had been working on it for more than thirty years.

First published in 1975; last in print 1994.

Introduction by Mark Thompson, author of The White War.


'The Day of Judgment is that now improbable gift, for which one cannot be too thankful: a great European novel' Susan Sontag

One of the great twentieth-century novels... The book's saturnine vision of Sardinian life, heavy with nostalgia for the past, contributes to an unforgettably powerful epic of war and diaspora' The Tablet

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