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Memory of the Abyss

(2012)
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When Samuele Stocchino is two years old the village sage can already see a heart shaped like a wolf's head beating in his breast: the heart of a murderer. As a colonial soldier in Northern Africa, recruited from one subject land to subdue another, the sixteen-year-old Stocchino learns to kill before he has learned to love, and it is a skill he hones to perfection on the pitiless battlefields of the Corso Front in the Great War. Returning to Sardinia a hero to a pauper's welcome, he finds his family swindled and his sweetheart stolen away by the richest clan in the region, and from one first crime of passion a bitter feud is born. Stocchino terrorizes his wealthy neighbours and anyone who dares to till their land until, with Italy now firmly under Mussolini's boot, his elimination becomes Il Duce's priority. As he continues to elude capture, the seeds of myth are sown and the legend of Samuele Stocchino is forged.

Shrouded by mystery and portent, Memory of the Abyss is a stirring fusion of myth, history and fiction, a daring re-imagining of the true story of a notorious Sardinian bandit and a deft excavation of the island's cultural roots by one of Italy's most gifted and celebrated writers.

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"It is a long time since I last came across a writer with such a deep poetic sense of nature and the ability to convey it." - Andrea Camilleri


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March 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Memory of the Abyss
Author(s): Marcello Fois
ISBN: 1-906694-00-1 / 978-1-906694-00-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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April 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Memory of the Abyss
Author(s): Marcello Fois
ISBN: 1-906694-01-X / 978-1-906694-01-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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Title: Memory of the Abyss
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April 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Memory of the Abyss
Author(s): Marcello Fois
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK