The Art of Joy

The Art of Joy

The tumultuous twentieth century, told through the life of a single extraordinary woman

Rejected by a series of publishers, abandoned in a chest for twenty years, Goliarda Sapienza's masterpiece, The Art of Joy, survived a turbulent path to publication. It wasn't until 2005, when it was released in France, that this novel received the recognition it deserves. At last, Sapienza's remarkable book is available in English, in a brilliant translation by Anne Milano Appel… (more)

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Sapienza gives both a run for their money with her original voice and her wonderful lead, who insists on plowing her own furrow.

This resistance has shaped the overarching drama of the 20th century. And it needed, perhaps, a novel of this scale and seductive libertinism to tell its story.


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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 30, 2013)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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