LE CASE DEL MALCONTENTO - Minumsa, Corea del Sud
LE CASE DEL MALCONTENTO - Minumsa, Corea del Sud

“실로 막강한 힘을 지닌 소설. 2000년대 이탈리아 소설 역사상 최고의 업적 중 하나다.”



이탈리아 현대 문학의 기대주로 떠오른 작가 사샤 나스피니의 장편소설 『불만의 집』이 민음사에서 출간되었다. ‘레 카세’라는 상상 속 마을과 그 마을 사람들의 이야기를 담은 이 작품은 외딴 공간에서 수십수백 년을 함께 지내며 애정과 증오, 망상과 탐욕을 키워 온 인간들로 인해 빚어진 혼돈과 균열을 미스터리, 누아르, 고딕 소설 등의 다양한 형식을 통해 담아내고 있다.

소우주 같은 마을 레 카세를 배경으로 1차 대전부터 1990년대 말까지 시간의 경계를 뛰어넘으며 배신, 도피, 실종, 갈등의 이야기가 빙글빙글 도는 회전목마처럼 순환하며 펼쳐진다. 마을 구성원들이 각 장의 화자로 등장하여 불길하고 음산한 목소리로 말을 건네고, 그들의 다층적 목소리가 아우성치며 클라이맥스를 향해 치솟는 이 작품은 일명 ‘합창 소설 로 불린다.


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One of the most exciting new voices in Italian literature brings to life a hauntingly beautiful story of undying love, loss, and resilience, and a fierce, unforgettable new heroine.

Meet Nives: widow, Tuscan through-and-through, survivor. Nives has recently lost her husband of fifty years. She didn’t cry when she found him dead in the pig pen, she didn’t cry at the funeral, but now loneliness has set in. When she decides to bring her favorite chicken inside for company, she is shocked, confused, and a little bit guilty to discover that the chicken’s company is a more than adequate replacement for her dead husband.

But one day, Giacomina goes stiff in front of the tv. Unable to rouse the paralyzed chicken, Nives has no choice but to call the town veterinarian, Loriano Bottai, an old acquaintance of hers. What follows is a phone call that seems to last a lifetime, a phone call that becomes a novel. Their conversation veers from the chicken to the past—to the life they once shared, the secrets they never had the courage to reveal, wounds that never healed.

Nives reverberates with the kinds of stories we tell ourselves at night when we cannot sleep: stories of love lost, of abandonment, of silent and heart-breaking nostalgia, of joy, laughter, and despair. With delicate yet sharp prose and raw, astonishing honesty, Sacha Naspini bravely explores the core of our shared humanity.

“A slim, sharply pointed knife of a novel.”

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“Delightful and affecting.”

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What would you do if one day you found out the person who raised you is a monster?

Laura disappeared into thin air in 1999, at eight years old. She was found in a metal container, fourteen years later. 

Luca is having dinner with his father dinner when they are interrupted by a visit from the carabinieri, who take his father away. Luca can only watch the scene unfold, helpless. The charges brought against esteemed anthropologist Carlo Maria Balestri are extremely grave: multiple counts of abduction, torture, murder, and concealing his victims’ bodies. 

What would you do if one day you found out that the person who raised you was a monster? Oxygen is a story of the aftermath of such evil. Balestri’s capture does not end the hell he created. The professor’s perverse experiment continues: he may no longer be able to imprison children in iron boxes, but the legacy of his crimes still reverberates through the lives of all those close to him and his victims. The question that continues to ring out is: who locked up who?

“A disorienting, claustrophobic novel about evil.”
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“Naspini realizes a brilliant idea with the enthusiasm of the true narrator, an idea that will spellbind you, and knock you sideways.”
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