Without Blood by Alessandro Baricco
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An unforgettable fable about the brutality of war – and one girl's quest for revenge and healing, from the author of the acclaimed international bestseller Silk.When – in an unnamed place and time – Manuel Roca's enemies hunt him down to kill him, they fail to discover Nina, his youngest child, hidden in a hole beneath his farmhouse floor. After this carnage Tito, one of the murderers, discovers Nina's trapdoor. Enthralled by the sight of Nina's perfect innocence, he keeps quiet. By the time she has grown up, Nina's innocence will have bloomed into something else altogether, and one by one the wartime hunters will become the peacetime hunted. But not until a striking old woman calls upon a familiar old man selling newspapers in town can we know what Nina will ultimately make of her brutal legacy.


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About Alessandro Baricco

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Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in 1958 and still makes his home there. The author of four previous novels, he has won the Prix Médicis Étranger in France and the Selezione Campiello, Viareggio, and Palazzo al Bosco prizes in Italy.
 
Published March 11, 2008 by Vintage. 112 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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As they talk, it becomes apparent that Tito is the last of the four assassins and that the others have been murdered, one by one.

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In Alessandro Baricco's brief, penetrating morality tale, Without Blood (trans. from the Italian by Ann Goldstein), Nina, a little girl, witnesses the murder of her doctor father by men who accuse

Jun 01 2004 | Read Full Review of Without Blood (Vintage Intern...

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