Soul of the Border

Soul of the Border

Written by: Righetto, Matteo
Translated by: Curtis, Howard
From the series: Mountain Trilogy

A story of revenge and salvation that follows a young woman who seeks the truth behind her father’s disappearance, Soul of the Border is the first novel in a trilogy set between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the late nineteenth century.

Every year, Augusto De Boer undertakes a treacherous journey through the Italian Alps, smuggling tobacco across the border to Austria. With conditions getting harsher, he decides to take his fifteen-year-old daughter Jole along with him, teaching her how to navigate the perilous crags and valleys while avoiding hostile customs officers and nocturnal beasts.

Three years later, Jole must retrace their steps alone as her father has not returned from the border. With only her horse for company, she makes her way across the stark mountain landscape in an epic journey of violence and corruption.

A story of revenge and salvation that follows a young woman who seeks the truth behind her father’s disappearance, Soul of the Border is the first novel in a trilogy set between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the late nineteenth century.

Every year, Augusto De Boer undertakes a treacherous journey through the Italian Alps, smuggling tobacco across the border to Austria. With conditions getting harsher, he decides to take his fifteen-year-old daughter Jole along with him, teaching her how to navigate the perilous crags and valleys while avoiding hostile customs officers and nocturnal beasts.

Three years later, Jole must retrace their steps alone as her father has not returned from the border. With only her horse for company, she makes her way across the stark mountain landscape in an epic journey of violence and corruption.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc - May 21, 2019
Specifications 224 pages | 5.25 in x 8 in
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PRAISE FOR MATTEO RIGHETTO AND SOUL OF THE BORDER

“A harrowing, suspenseful, and convincing novel … something beautiful.” — Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone

“Written in a laconic style, with scarcely any dialogue, the often poignant novel is beautifully executed as it creates an ethos that is haunting and altogether memorable. Seemingly simple and straightforward, the story resonates with timeless characters and situations, investing them with the weight of allegory.” — Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“Righetto’s novel abounds with naturalistic details that help create a fine sense of place — evoking both the literal path that Jole follows and the sense of a world on the cusp of something.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A complex and beautifully written novel … Soul of the Border is compelling and immersive. It illustrates the strength of the human soul as it confronts challenges and evils without question. Jole’s coming-of-age journey is painful but inspirational.” — Historical Novels Review, Editor’s Choice

Soul of the Border is the real deal. Rich in mood and with a great feel for the environment it traverses, this is one clever and beautiful book, and I highly recommend it. It was fantastic.” — Joe R. Lansdale, author of Paradise Sky

Soul of the Border is a beautiful novel that encapsulates nature at its toughest and most stunning, and humanity at its strongest and most uplifting … out of this world.” — Cub Magazine (Five Stars)

“Written in sparse prose over often very short chapters, the story unfolds both in action and in setting with masterful pacing and precision.” — Pendora Magazine

“[A] taut, stylish novel … Will appeal to fans of Cormac McCarthy, and it almost reads like a European version of a western. A stark and beautiful natural setting, strong female protagonist, and the rhythm and raw economy of the prose make Soul of the Border seductive.” — Age

“A novel in which you hear the howling of the wolf, the hoots of the owl, the tingling of insects in the meadows, you feel Nature talking and moving, in which all the passions and impulses of men are expressed … Mysterious, ‘biblical,’ impetuous, Matteo Righetto’s novel exposes all the implications of crossing a frontier. And once crossed, the reader, together with the characters, will no longer be the same.” — Il Giornale

“Matteo Righetto’s writing is clear and crystalline as the mountains … A bitter and delicate story, multifaceted as a hard stone, seductive as the land of the high Brenta Valley. A story precise like a photograph that reflects the colours and emotions, evokes the scents, sounds, whims of that small far world, between peaks and springs.” — Corriere del Veneto

“A novel that places a gripping personal tale of survival and revenge at the centre of its meticulously depicted historical setting.” — Pendora Magazine