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Fiction: a novel trip round Europe

Newspaper: The Times
Date: Jul 12 2016

Elena Ferrante has made the Naples neighbourhoods of her Neapolitan novels famous. Fans seeking their next hit of Italian literature could try the novelist Alessandro Baricco. The Rome-dwelling novelist’s work The Young Bride has just been translated into English by Ann Goldstein, who also translated Ferrante’s works. The Young Bride (Europa, 176pp; £10.99) is a peculiar tale about a woman who is about to marry into a family where the inhabitants never seem to sleep. As the big day approaches, the atmosphere becomes ever more surreal.