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Europa Editions
03 August 2021
Laura disappeared into thin air in 1999, at eight years old. She was found in a metal container, fourteen years later.

Luca is having dinner with his father dinner when they are interrupted by a visit from the carabinieri, who take his father away. Luca can only watch the scene unfold, helpless. The charges brought against esteemed anthropologist Carlo Maria Balestri are extremely grave: multiple counts of abduction, torture, murder, and concealing his victims' bodies.

What would you do if one day you found out that the person who raised you was a monster? Oxygen is a story of the aftermath of such evil. Balestri's capture does not end the hell he created. The professor's perverse experiment continues: he may no longer be able to imprison children in iron boxes, but the legacy of his crimes still reverberates through the lives of all those close to him and his victims. The question that continues to ring out is: who locked up who?
By:   Sacha Naspini
Translated by:   Clarissa Botsford
Imprint:   Europa Editions
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781787702943
ISBN 10:   1787702944
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   03 August 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sacha Naspini, born in Grosseto in 1976, is an editor, art director and screen writer, as well as being the author of several novels and short stories. Oxygen is his English language debut. Clarissa Botsford teaches English and Translation Studies at Roma Tre University. Her translations from the Italian include Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones, The Game by Alessandro Baricco, and the prose poems of Valerio Magrelli.

Reviews for Oxygen

A disorienting, claustrophobic novel about evil. * La Repubblica * Naspini realizes a brilliant idea with the enthusiasm of the true narrator, an idea that will spellbind you, and knock you sideways. * La Stampa *

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