Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Massimo Cuomo

Beautiful

Massimo Cuomo

Beautiful

2020, pp. 240, e-Book
ISBN: 9781787702318
Translated by: Will Schutt
Region: Italy
Paper Paper Paper
£ 10.99
Preview Preview Preview

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

  • Lorenza Pieri

    The Garden of Monsters

    2020, pp. 288, £ 12.99
    A rural epic about warring families in modern Italy and an intimate bildungsroman of the artist’s journey
  • Marcello Musto

    On the Moor’s Trail

    2020, pp. 144, £ 11.99
    Whether you’re an expert on the subject or eager to learn more about the modern world’s most influential political philosopher, you’ll be surprised...
  • Piero Boitani

    A New Sublime

    2020, pp. 368, £ 13.99
    (Re)discover the timeless beauty of ancient literature
  • Massimo Carlotto

    Blues for Outlaw Hearts and Old Whores

    2020, pp. 208, £ 12.99
    International secret police operations, drug trafficking, prostitution, and identity theft set the stage for the eternal struggle between Good and...
  • Tiziana de Rogatis

    Elena Ferrante's Key Words

    2019, pp. 288, £ 13.99
    Words are the keys to the mysterious, intoxicating labyrinth that is Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet, and to her Naples in all its serpentine...
  • Elena Ferrante

    Incidental Inventions

    2019, pp. 112, £ 15.99
    Elena Ferrante's Guardian columns, collected and illustrated.

More suggestions

  • Valérie Perrin

    Fresh Water for Flowers

    2020, pp. 304, £ 13.99
    A hymn to the wonder of small things
  • Lorenza Pieri

    The Garden of Monsters

    2020, pp. 288, £ 12.99
    A rural epic about warring families in modern Italy and an intimate bildungsroman of the artist’s journey
  • Jorge Franco

    Shooting Down Heaven

    2020, pp. 288, £ 13.99
    A novel about the children raised by 1990s Colombia’s most dangerous drug lords
  • Karen Powell

    The River Within

    2020, pp. 320, £ 13.99
    A modern British classic in the making
  • Sandrine Collette

    Just After the Wave

    2020, pp. 304, £ 13.99
    A post-apocalyptic tale of environmental disaster and impossible choices
  • Chris Cander

    The Weight of a Piano

    2020, pp. 304, £ 13.99
    A dazzling exploration of how the human heart can both break and be restored