FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN: 9781841953977
RRP: £10.99
PAGES: 384
PUBLICATION DATE: April 17, 2003



By (author) Jens Christian Grondahl; Translated by Anne Born

Lucca Montale, a 32-year-old Danish actress, is rushed into hospital after a motor accident. She is severely injured after a head-on collision with a lorry. Robert, the doctor responsible for treating her, is obliged to break the news that she may never see again. Robert and Lucca are both suffering the after-effects of love. He has sought refuge in controlled resignation since his divorce. She has rushed into dramatic, desperate acts. Grondahl masterfully deploys a dual narrative, switching with astounding insight between the stories that the two protagonists relate to each other.

Reviews of Lucca

* Grondahl's prose is electrically charged… A winner all the way The Times * an extraordinarily well-written and well-observed novel; a piece of fiction both profound and haunting. — Scarlett Thomas Scotland On Sunday * His propensity for philosophical turns of phrase, which in the hands of a lesser writer might seem forced, here seems entirely appropriate to the novel's reflective mood. Lucca is already a bestseller in the author's native Denmark' in Anne Born's luminous translation, it deserves to be one here. — Christina Koning The Guardian * Very occasionally one comes across a writer who has the power irrevocably to alter one's perspective. Jens Christian Grondahl is one such… It is a testament to the imaginative power of a novelist who leads his readers with masterly assurance through the impenetrable mazes of the heart. — Jamie Jauncey The Scotsman

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