Head Above Water

( 1 )

Overview

Italian writer Cardo Maraini is a cauldron of contradictions. Plagued by guilt over the drowning of his younger brother, he is strangely terrified by life. When the Norwegian woman he loves becomes pregnant, he plunges into a comically disastrous liaison, fleeing from commitment and responsibility. He tries to escape through writing about his youth, reliving erotic encounters and the political activism of Italy in the 1960s. When he is finally forced to confront his past and his evasions, he learns to face his ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (12) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $6.68   
  • Used (9) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$6.68
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(11288)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000.

Ships from: Secaucus, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$58.67
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(23956)

Condition: New
BRAND NEW

Ships from: Avenel, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$58.77
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(214)

Condition: New

Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

Italian writer Cardo Maraini is a cauldron of contradictions. Plagued by guilt over the drowning of his younger brother, he is strangely terrified by life. When the Norwegian woman he loves becomes pregnant, he plunges into a comically disastrous liaison, fleeing from commitment and responsibility. He tries to escape through writing about his youth, reliving erotic encounters and the political activism of Italy in the 1960s. When he is finally forced to confront his past and his evasions, he learns to face his fear and finds that there are second chances after all.

Stefano Bortolussi is an Italian novelist, critic, translator, and poet. He also writes a monthly column for Italian Esquire and works frequently in theater and film.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Middle-aged writer awkwardly attempts to make peace with his past . . . Very deftly handled: Italian poet Bortolussi's debut has a light touch . . .
Kirkus Reviews
Middle-aged writer awkwardly attempts to make peace with his past-and grow up while he's at it. Riccardo ("Cardo") Mariano has a knack for falling in love with women during shipwrecks. A novelist from Milan, Cardo met Solveig ("Sol") in a coastal town in Norway when she accidentally sank his dinghy by ramming it with her father's fishing boat. It wasn't the best introduction imaginable, but it worked: Sol eventually became Cardo's lover, moved to Italy with him, and became pregnant with his child. Before the baby was born, however, Cardo made the mistake of coming to the aid of Cate, a young woman whose kayak had run aground off a tiny island near his rowing club. As he struggled to extricate her craft, both Cate and Cardo fell overboard-and into each other's arms. Guilt-ridden, Cardo later confessed his adultery to Sol, who promptly packed up and returned to Norway to have the baby on her own. Alone and out of sorts, Cardo began to look over the mess he had made of his life. The son of a Milanese businessman who abandoned the family after the death of Cardo's younger brother Michele, Cardo had grown up in the 1970s and was a true son of his age: He was nihilistic, angry, and self-indulgent. Deeply involved in the various Marxist sects that dominated Italy in the post-Vietnam years, Cardo had never really had any strong political convictions and he dropped his involvements eventually as easily as he dropped most of his girlfriends. Now he began to see that his rootlessness had something to do with the death of Michele, and his attempts to sort out his feelings toward his dead brother serve to clarify his longings for Sol and their child. Before long, he makes another trip to Norway. Verydeftly handled: Italian poet Bortolussi's debut has a light touch that keeps Cardo from taking himself too seriously-and thereby keeps all of this from veering into a swamp of sentimentality and self-absorption.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872864269
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: City Lights Italian Voices Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

The Thistle's Prickly Afternoon 13
Sol's Perfect Head 36
The Mother of All Circumstances 43
Rock Formations to Starboard 67
A Moment in Time 80
Cardo's Correspondence 97
Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation 116
Reflections of the Moon 130
Two Dinners, Three Epiphanies 140
An Envelope from the Past 158
On Board the North Star 163
The Captain's Tale 171
To Nusfjord! To Nusfjord! 176
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2004

    Staying Afloat

    If you are as fascinated as I am by the complexities of the human psyche, you will enjoy this poignant and humorous study of the interior life of a man in turmoil. If you are enticed by the idea of going along for a somewhat wild ride with an Italian male of a certain age who is forced to adjust to evolving perceptions of what is important in life, you will probably love this book as much as I did. The novel explores the heart and mind of a middle-aged Italian writer as he attempts to cope with the news that he is about to become a father, largely by focusing on, and trying to revive, his youthful past. Once you've started the book, you will quickly understand why Anne Milano Appel recently won the prestigious Northern California Book Award for her English translation of poet and playwright Bortolussi's first novel. Milano Appel masterfully grasps and skillfully presents all of the subtleties and contradictions of the protagonist's internal struggle as he battles the twin fears of responsibility and loss.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)