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Margherita Dolce Vita

by Stefano Benni

Fourteen year old Margherita is shocked when her family becomes bewitched by the materialism of their new neighbours but even she cannot foresee the tragic consequences.
Magic realism, humour and eccentric characters make this an unusual and riveting read.

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Then the ghost of her husband, Don Carmelo Gutierrez, shows up, and he and Grandpa fight duels all night long and nobody gets any sleep. Anyway, even if he is a little out of control and does his shopping by placing telepathic orders with Heraclitus, he loves us all dearly, and it was he who taught me the theory of chocolate.
Translated by Anthony Shugaar

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