If You Kept a Record of Sins

A prismatic novel that records the indelible marks a mother leaves on her son after she abandons their home in Italy for a business she's building in Romania. Lorenzo, just a young boy when his mother leaves, recalls the incisive fragments of their life - when they would playfully wrestle each other, watch the sunrise, or test out his mother's newest scientific creation. Now a young man, Lorenzo travels to Romania for his mother's funeral and reflects on the strangeness of today's Europe, which masks itself as a beacon of Western civilization while iniquity and exploitation run rampant. With elliptical, piercing prose, Bajani tells a story of abandonment and initiation, of sentimental education and shattered illusions, of unconditional love.

  • Author: Andrea Bajani
  • Original title: Se consideri le colpe
  • Translator: Elizabeth Harris
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 200
  • Dimensions: 6.5 in H | 5.5 in W | 0.6 in T
  • On sale date: March 23, 2021
  • Publisher: Archipelago Books

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