A sophisticated, moving, funny and wise new novel by one of the masters of European literature.
'WITH THE HUMMINGBIRD SANDRO VERONESI HAS RE-WRITTEN THE FAMILY SAGA. ARDENT, GRIPPING, AND INVENTIVE TO THE CORE, IT HAS ALREADY BEEN HAILED A CLASSIC' Jhumpa Lahiri
'EXTRAORDINARY' Domenico Starnone, National Book Award Finalist author of Ties and Trick
Marco Carrera is 'the hummingbird,' a man with the almost supernatural ability to stay still as the world around him continues to change.
As he navigates the challenges of life - confronting the death of his sister and the absence of his brother; taking care of his parents as they approach the end of their lives; raising his granddaughter when her mother, Marco's own child, can no longer be there for her; coming to terms with his love for the enigmatic Luisa - Marco Carrera comes to represent the quiet heroism that pervades so much of our everyday existence.
A thrilling novel about the need to look to the future with hope and live with intensity to the very end.
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Long considered one of Italy's leading writers, Sandro Veronesi has dazzled both readers and critics with novels that are not only page-turners but profoundly literary. An heir to Italo Svevo, he explores, from book to book, intergenerational conflict, existential anguish and the passage of time. These themes, in Veronesi's hands, burst with vitality. - Jhumpa Lahiri
One of the most skillful and profound Italian storytellers of the past thirty years. - Domenico Starnone, author of TIES