Welcome to this environment
(Benvenuti in questo
© Bompiani 1997
|Nureddin, a young clandestine
immigrant, keeps watch over the villa of plastic surgeon Ugo Digrosso
and his sister Sandrina, businesswoman and electronic genius who has
placed a computer in each room. The two have rushed away for a mysterious
week-end. But Nureddin is not alone now. The face of a beautiful lady
is smiling out at him from a computer screen.
She claims to be an electronic Agent but she is equipped with such
a feminine personality that the dialogue between them gets more and
more intimate, reminding Nureddin more and more of the love of a woman
that he has never actually experienced. He only ever had a father,
Yussef the chef, who brought him up following his own personal criteria,
keeping him locked up in the basement of the Hilton Hotel in Tunis...
Isn't there something, or rather somebody, locked up in the cellar
of this villa, too? In a crescendo of surprises, the motherless lad
will meet a real Mother Goddess, charming and monstrous... Who is
the Lady? What is she? An experiment in plastic surgery tried by Ugo?
A case of dangerous madness, as Sandrina thinks? Maybe. Or, maybe,
she's just a shattered woman who, to feel more complete, takes the
risk of losing her own identity as a human being.
A new novel by a provocative narrator, aware of the transformations
in social customs and language and capable of bringing to life strong,
Previous works translated by: Grasset (France) - Delfini (Greece)
- Prometheus (Holland) - Lumen (Spain) - Diogenes (Switzerland and
Germany) - Norma (Latin America)