The Hollow Heart

Author(s): Viola Di Grado


Bold, dark, profoundly upsetting, but with a vein of deep tenderness running through. This is the story of Dorotea Giglio, who at 25 years of age decides with apparently cold detachment to end a life plagued by genetically imprinted, devastating depression. A biology student, she recounts in minute scientific detail what exactly happens to her body, the change and decay of tissues and bones. And delves into her own history and her family's, in the attempt to unravel the knots of her broken existence, to give, and gain, a measure of peace.


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A danse macabre for millennials. "Los Angeles Review of Books" [. . .] the writing is pristine. Each sentence lures us further into the flies and blood-filled spirals of Di Grado s dreamworld and, most importantly, we are willing to follow her. "The Independent "(UK) "Di Grado plays an inventive, self-aware game with language that saturates her macabre landscapes, transforming them into darkly comical expositions of death and unhappiness." "Music & Literature Magazine" Themes from the first novel [ ] are reprised and developed here in an extraordinary feat of linguistic gymnastics expertly captured in Anthony Shugaar s translation. "Times Literary Supplement Blog" "" "Hollow Heart" has the authentic ring of autobiography. Pure imagination is incapable of inventing something this assured, this intense and vivid [. . .] A writer this powerful is scary. Sarah Wu, "Intense Sensations" "" " Hollow Heart "[. . .] is just as strongly written as its predecessor, taking the black, manic tone of the earlier book and pushing it into a new territory beyond the grave. "Tony s Reading List" "" In alternately clinical and whimsical language, with fresh metaphors [ ], di Grado examines the secret sadness passed down through families. "We Love This Book""

Viola Di Grado was born in Catania, Italy. She now lives and studies in London. Her first novel, "70% Acrylic 30% Wool," was the winner of the 2011 Campiello First Novel Award and a finalist for Italy's most prestigious literary prize, The Strega.

General Fields

  • : 9781609452711
  • : Europa Editions
  • : Europa Editions
  • : May 2015
  • : 210mm X 135mm X 13mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 176
  • : Paperback
  • : Viola Di Grado