Born Twice by Giuseppe Pontiggia

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When a breach birth leaves Paulo severely disabled, his father, the articulate, unsentimental Professor Frigerio, struggles to come to terms with his son’s condition. Face to face with his own limitations, Frigerio confronts the strange way society around him handles Paolo’s handicaps and observes his surprising gifts. In spare, deeply affecting episodes, the professor of language explores the nuanced boundaries between “normal” and “disabled” worlds.

A remarkable memoir of fathering, winner of the 2001 Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary honor, Born Twice is noted Italian author Guiseppe Pontiggia’s American debut. Sometimes meditative, often humorous, and always probing, Pontiggia’s haunting characters linger and resound long after the book is done.

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About Giuseppe Pontiggia

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Born in Como in 1934, novelist and essayist Giuseppe Pontiggia was editor of Verri and co-editor of L’Almanacco dello Specchio. He is the best-selling and award-winning author of ten novels and a collection of essays. Born Twice was awarded a Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary award, in 2001 and is his first major work to appear in English.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 204 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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The tale is awfully static, and stabs at drama made by Frigerio’s meetings with various family, acquaintances, and representatives of medical and educational establishments generally fall flat because Pontiggia does not persuade us that his characters could possibly be as self-absorbed and heartl...

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The novel comprises brief vignettes over Paolo's first 30 years, in which Frigerio offers wry observations about his complicated relationship with the boy and about the way others react to him.

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