Ocean Sea by Alessandro Baricco

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From the author of the international bestseller Silk ("Vividly erotic" -- Los Angeles Times; "A heartbreaking love story . . . a literary gem of bewitching power" -- The Sunday Times [London]), comes a haunting, suspenseful tale of love and vengeance.

A handful of disparate lives converge at a remote seaside inn: a lovelorn professor, a renowned painter, an inscrutable seductress. And a beautiful young girl, fatally ill, brought to the sea by a desperate father's last hope. An intricate web of destinies and associations begins to reveal itself, but it is not until the arrival of a mysterious sailor called Adams that the truth in all its dreamlike beauty and cruelty becomes clear. Adams may furnish the key to the girl's salvation, but only the fulfillment of his obsessive secret purpose -- to answer murder with murder -- can conclude the journey that has brought him from the ends of the earth. At once playful and profoundly serious, Alessandro Baricco's new novel surges with the hypnotic power of the ocean sea.

About Alessandro Baricco

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Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in 1958. His novels have won many literary prizes, including the Prix Medicis in France, and the Campiello, Viareggio, and Palazzo del Bosco prizes in Italy. He has also written works in the field of musicology. He is highly regarded in Italy as a television commentator on opera and literature.
Published December 1, 1998 by Alfred A. Knopf. 241 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The otherworldly character of the Inn itself (whose inhabitants include mysteriously prescient, seemingly aged children) is implicitly compared to the sinister influence of the sea, which—in the second storyline—drives the survivors of a shipwreck off the African coast to murder, cannibalism, and...

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Italian writer Baricco, who wrote this novel before the highly regarded Silk, again delivers a work whose spare, lyrical language and enigmatic episodes culminate in a tale of love and revenge. This s

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Ocean Sea by Alessandro Baricco Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Alessandro Baricco's second novel brings us to a lodging house on an ...

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yet each character's story of love, betrayal, murder or redemption is revealed to be inexorably entangled with the others' while the sea bears silent witness to their destinies.

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