An epic tale of love, lies, and a family’s disgrace in the unforgiving south of Italy.
After receiving stunning critical acclaim and France’s most prestigious literary award, the Goncourt Prize, Laurent Gaudé’s The House of Scorta (published in France as Le Soleil des Scorta) has sold more than 400,000 copies. Spanning five generations in a small village in southern Italy, Gaudé’s novel is laced with infamous crimes, forsaken loves, and lifelong secrets.
The saga of the Scortas opens in 1870 with Rocco Scorta Mascalzone, the bastard product of a rape and a notorious scoundrel whose legacy the family is forced to confront. While their lineage seems doomed to struggle, the Scortas are blessed with an imposing pride and a relentless faith in their own power. Besides a little tobacco shop they manage to open with their years of savings, their wealth all but lies in their memories and their collective belief in the pursuit of happiness.
Gaudé’s omniscient, linear narrative is interwoven with the recollections of the old Carmela as she delivers her last confession to the family priest, exposing the family’s deep-buried secret.
In addition to The Death of an Ancient King, winner of the Prix Goncourt de lycenes and the Prix des Libraires, Laurent Gaude is the author of The House of Scorta, also winner of the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award, and an accomplished playwright.
“Gaudé writes in a courtly language with an elegiac, almost hypnotic rhythm. . . . Iconoclasts, schoolchildren included, will probably love it.”
— Sunday Telegraph
Publication Date: April 25, 2006
trim size: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2