Lucca by Jens Christian Grondahl

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On a lovely evening in April, Lucca Montale is rushed to the hospital after the car she was driving collided head-on with a truck. Robert, her doctor, has to break the news that she may never see again.
Lucca is an actress with a string of love affairs behind her, now unhappily married with a son. Since his divorce, Robert has lived in a state of emotional paralysis and resignation, relieved only by the weekend visits of his young daughter. During their daily conversations he and Lucca share their life stories, and slowly they are drawn to one another, on terms new to both.
The result is a love story of immense emotional reach that will enhance Jens Christian Grøndahl's reputation as one of the most readable and perceptive novelists writing today.


About Jens Christian Grondahl

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Jens Christian Grøndahl is one of the most celebrated and widely read writers in Europe. Born in Denmark in 1959, his literary work includes thirteen novels, essays and several plays. Three of his novels, Lucca, Silence in October and Virginia, were published by Canongate to outstanding acclaim. His fiction has been translated into sixteen languages, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Booksellers' Golden Laurels for Lucca.
Published January 1, 2002 by 0. 385 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Lucca Jens Christian Grondahl trans Anne Born 378pp, Canongate, £10.99 The one moment of high drama in Grondahl's otherwise scrupulously restrained novel occurs on the first page: a beautiful young actress, Lucca Montale, is seriously injured in a motorway collision, and loses her sight as a result.

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Lucca's experiences-glamorous trysts with a famous director, an actor and all sorts of men around Europe-are very different from Robert's lonely domesticity and long hours spent listening to classical music, but their stories are treated with equally sensuous attention, the more poignant bec...

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