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- DescriptionThe Story of Anna P is a sparse disturbing vel reflecting the past, present and future of a woman, Anna P, who lives on an island off the coast of Italy but can longer remember how she got there. She comes from South Africa but has almost memories of the place or people there. The only person she has any relationship with is a sex worker whom she pays by the hour. She has abusive encounters with unkwn men -and it is t clear whether she occasionally kills these men or t. It is only when she begins to connect emotionally with a young boy in her accidental care that she finds some value in herself, some place which she will t allow to be abused, and her life gradually changes. This meticulously crafted debut asks a number of difficult questions about the nature of memory: Who are we if we lose our memories? What does it mean to have identity? And if we have identity, sense of ourselves, how can we make any ethical choices? The answers may t comfort the reader, but The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself grounds such existential ponderings in a rich imaginative landscape that will linger with the reader long after the last page is read.
- Author BiographyPenny Busetto was born in Durban, when she was seventeen, circumstances led her to leave South Africa and head for Italy, where she studied, worked and lived for many years, moving from Perugia to Bologna to Milan and finally to Tuscany. She returned to live permanently in South Africa in 1996. Penny lives in Cape Town with her son, and is studying towards an interdisciplinary doctorate in English and Psychology affiliated with UCT's English Department. She is currently writing a new book set in Cape Town.
- PrizesWinner of European Union Literary Award 2013.
- Author(s)Penny Busetto
- PublisherJacana Media (Pty) Ltd
- Date of Publication01/03/2014
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationJohannesburg
- Country of PublicationSouth Africa
- ImprintJacana Media
- Weight240 g
- Width153 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine15 mm
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