Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Massimo Cuomo

Beautiful

Cover: Beautiful - Massimo Cuomo

Massimo Cuomo

Beautiful

2020, pp. 272, Paperback
ISBN: 9781787702141
Translated by: Will Schutt
Region: Italy
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
£ 12.99

The book

A magical tale of love and rivalry between two brothers

Miguel is beautiful. His beauty is so rare and miraculous that it has made him the object of cult-like devotion in the city. Santiago, his older brother, watches with a mix of admiration and disquiet the prodigious effect that Miguel’s looks have on his mother and father, on passersby, their neighbours, and the droves of female suitors that follow him everywhere. With Miguel constantly under the spotlight, Santiago is left to inhabit darker, hidden places, from where he will finally learn that life is not easy for anyone, even his prodigiously handsome brother.

Set in Mexico, this story shines at every turn with the colours and mythical light of magical realism. The conflict between brothers, the role of the parents, the loves, the violence, the journeys are presented with realism and deep psychological insight yet possess an aura of legend. Disappointments, flights, regrets, reunions, goodbyes, epiphanies make up this story, as we follow the two brothers, and the people around them—all forever marked, each in their own way, by their extraordinary encounter with Beauty.

The author

Massimo Cuomo
Massimo Cuomo was born in Venice in 1974 and lives in Portogruaro, in a house that is closer to the countryside than to the city. He is the author of three novels and teaches creative writing to inmates of the Rieti prison in Italy. Beautiful is his first book to appear in English.

Books by region

  • Cover: What Is Progress - Aldo Schiavone

    Aldo Schiavone

    What Is Progress

    2021, pp. 128, £ 11.99
    Does it still make sense to talk about progress?
  • Cover: Oxygen - Sacha Naspini

    Sacha Naspini

    Oxygen

    2021, pp. 208, £ 12.99
    What would you do if one day you found out the person who raised you is a monster?
  • Cover: Tonight is Already Tomorrow - Lia Levi

    Lia Levi

    Tonight is Already Tomorrow

    2021, pp. 224, £ 12.99
    The tragic history of mid-century Europe told through the lives of ordinary people
  • Cover: The Days of Abandonment - Elena Ferrante

    Elena Ferrante

    The Days of Abandonment

    2021, pp. 192, £ 8.99
    The shocking story of a woman's descent into desperate loneliness.
  • Cover: Atlantis. A Journey in Search of Beauty - Carlo Piano, Renzo Piano

    Carlo Piano, Renzo Piano

    Atlantis. A Journey in Search of Beauty

    2020, pp. 320, £ 14.99
    World-famous architect Renzo Piano and his son Carlo set sail from Genoa one late Summer day, guided by the ancestral desire felt by many explorers...
  • Cover: The Night in Gethsemane - Massimo Recalcati

    Massimo Recalcati

    The Night in Gethsemane

    2020, pp. 80, £ 10.99
    In The Night in Gethsemane, Massimo Recalcati, one of Italy’s highest regarded psychoanalysts, traces the relationship between biblical text...

More suggestions

  • Cover: Oxygen - Sacha Naspini

    Sacha Naspini

    Oxygen

    2021, pp. 208, £ 12.99
    What would you do if one day you found out the person who raised you is a monster?
  • Cover: The Son of the House - Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onoubia

    Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onoubia

    The Son of the House

    2021, pp. 304, £ 13.99
    In Igboland, the lives of two Nigerian women change forever…
  • Cover: Thirst - Amélie Nothomb

    Amélie Nothomb

    Thirst

    2021, pp. 112, £ 12.99
    The Gospel according to Amélie.
  • Cover: Remote Sympathy - Catherine Chidgey

    Catherine Chidgey

    Remote Sympathy

    2021, pp. 464, £ 16.99
    The looming presence of the nearby prison camp – lying just beyond a patch of forest – is the only blot to mar what is otherwise an idyllic life...
  • Cover: Salina. The Three Exiles - Laurent Gaudé

    Laurent Gaudé

    Salina. The Three Exiles

    2021, pp. 144, £ 11.99
    A timeless story between foundational tale and myth.
  • Cover: Brotherhood - Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

    Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

    Brotherhood

    2021, pp. 208, £ 11.99
    A novel about cowardice and courage in the face of repression, from a powerful new voice of French-African literature