Three Horses by Erri De Luca
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From Argentina to Italy, the intense, metaphysical and poetic story of a gardener in love, by Italy's most prominent writer.

"A man's life lasts as long as three horses. You have already buried the first."

Somewhere along the coastline of Italy, a man passes his days in solitude and silence, tending a garden and reading books of travel and adventure. Through these simple routines he seeks to quiet the painful memories of the past: a life on the run from Argentina's Dirty War; a young bride 'disappeared' by the military; a terrifying escape through the wilds of Patagonia.

Yet everywhere he turns, new life is pulsing, ready to awaken his senses, like the force that drives his fruit trees into bloom. People and events from the past and present migrate into patterns assigned by a metaphysical geometry. A woman of the world re-introduces him to love. An African day laborer teaches him the meaning of gratitude.

In this intense narrative, every acute observation, every nuance, becomes a means of salvation. Using a language that is both gripping and contemplative, Three Horses is an unforgettable tale.

Praise for The Sea of Memory:

"Poetic . . . charged with anger and desire."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Alluring . . . shimmeringly lyrical."
-Publishers Weekly

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About Erri De Luca

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Erri de LucaErri de Luca was born in Naples in 1950 and lives near Rome today. He is the author of several novels, including God's Mountain and Sea of Memory.Michael F. MooreMichael F. Moore is a New York-based translator and scholar whose previous translations include God's Mountain by Erri de Luca, and The Silence of the Body by Guido Ceronetti. He is currently working on a new translation of The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni.
Published April 13, 2010 by Other Press. 144 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The book’s unnamed hero is the archetypal man in flight from his past after his true love, Dvora, is assassinated during a war in Argentina.

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one type of soil is ""lean, thievish"" and love is ""bees in my blood, a bear in my heart."" His simple words reveal complex thoughts and deep sympathy for the other characters, especially Laila, his much younger lover, which raises issues of truthfulness and self-representation: what should he s...

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