Jack ha cinque anni e la Stanza ? l'unico mondo che conosce. ? in quel luogo chiuso all'esterno che ? nato e cresciuto, ? l? che vive con Ma', senza esserne mai uscito. Con Ma' impara, legge, mangia, dorme, gioca. I suoi compagni sono gli oggetti contenuti nella Stanza, si chiamano Letto, Specchio, Piumone, Labirinto. Di notte a volte Ma' lo chiude dentro Armadio e spera che lui dorma quando Old Nick viene a farle visita. La Stanza ? la casa di Jack, ma per Ma' ? la prigione dove Old Nick la tiene rinchiusa da ...
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Jack ha cinque anni e la Stanza è l'unico mondo che conosce. È in quel luogo chiuso all'esterno che è nato e cresciuto, è lì che vive con Ma', senza esserne mai uscito. Con Ma' impara, legge, mangia, dorme, gioca. I suoi compagni sono gli oggetti contenuti nella Stanza, si chiamano Letto, Specchio, Piumone, Labirinto. Di notte a volte Ma' lo chiude dentro Armadio e spera che lui dorma quando Old Nick viene a farle visita. La Stanza è la casa di Jack, ma per Ma' è la prigione dove Old Nick la tiene rinchiusa da sette anni. Grazie al suo amore e alla sua determinazione, Ma' ha creato per Jack una straordinaria possibilità di vita, gli ha costruito intorno un mondo forse migliore del nostro. Per lui non esiste altra realtà, e quella che filtra dalla Tv non esiste davvero. Però Ma' sa che non potrà mai essere abbastanza, né per lei né per Jack. E così escogita un piano per fuggire, contando sul coraggio di quel bambino un po' speciale, e su una buona dose di fortuna. Ma non sa quanto sarà difficile il passaggio da quell'universo chiuso al mondo là fuori... Raccontata attraverso gli occhi, e la lingua, di Jack, Stanza, Letto, Armadio, Specchio è una storia che fin dalle prime pagine fuga il sospetto del paradosso o dell'assurdo e acquista una straordinaria forza vitale. Un romanzo che avvolge interamente il lettore in un intenso, ricco, emozionante rapporto madrefiglio, quale non si era mai visto nella narrativa contemporanea. "La scrittura di Emma Donoghue" ha detto un'amata scrittrice come Audrey Niffenegger, "è una superba alchimia che sa trasformare l'innocenza in orrore, e l'orrore in tenerezza. Un libro da leggere tutto d'un fiato. Quando è finito, alzi la testa e il mondo sembra sempre lo stesso, ma tu sei irrimediabilmente diverso."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788852017650
  • Publisher: MONDADORI
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Language: Italian
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 906 KB

Meet the Author

Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue
Award-winning Irish writer Emma Donoghue, Publishers Weekly writes, "Has an extraordinary talent for turning exhaustive research into plausible characters and narratives; she presents a vibrant world seething with repressed feeling and class tensions." Her latest novel, Life Mask, delves into the fashion-obsessed world of 18th-century London.


Emma Donoghue is an award-winning Irish writer who lives in Canada. At 34, she has published six books of fiction, two works of literary history, two anthologies, and two plays.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, on 24 October 1969, Emma is the youngest of eight children of Frances and Denis Donoghue. She attended Catholic convent schools in Dublin, apart from one year in New York at the age of ten. In 1990 she earned a first-class honours B.A. in English and French from University College Dublin, and in 1997 a Ph.D. (on the concept of friendship between men and women in eighteenth-century English fiction) from the University of Cambridge. Since the age of 23, Donoghue has earned her living as a full-time writer. After years of commuting between England, Ireland, and Canada, in 1998 she settled in London, Ontario, where she lives with her lover and their son.

Biography courtesy of the author's official web site.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Donoghue

"The youngest of eight children, I would never have been conceived if a papal bull hadn't guilt-tripped my poor mother into flushing her pills down the toilet.

"The nearest I've ever got to 'honest toil' was a chambermaiding job in Wildwood, New Jersey, at the age of 18. I got fired for my 'low bathroom standards.' "

"My lover and I have a one-year-old son called Finn, whose favorite thing is to rip books out of my hands and eat them.

"I am clumsy, a late and nervous driver, and despise all sports except a little gentle dancing or yoga.

"I have never been depressed or thrown a plate, which I attribute to the cathartic effects of writing books about people whose lives are more grueling than mine.

"I am completely unobservant and couldn't tell you how many windows there are in our living room.

"I would be miserable in beige; I mostly wear red, purple, and black.

"The way to my heart is through Belgian milk chocolate.

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    1. Hometown:
      London, England and Ontario, Canada
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 24, 1969
    2. Place of Birth:
      Dublin, Ireland
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and French, University College Dublin, 1990; Ph.D. in English, University of Cambridge, 1998
    2. Website:

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