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Strangers I Know

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Strangers I Know by Claudia Durastanti
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Jan 24, 2023 | ISBN 9780593087954

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Praise for Strangers I Know

Strangers I Know lies at the intersection of memoir, literary criticism, and bildungsroman,
bleeding fiction into fact in order to explore the mythologies that have shaped Durastanti’s life and sensibility…symphonic.” —Paris Review

“Part documentary, part fiction, part literary criticism…a coming of age story spiked with the same brand of vitriol that springs up from works like Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.” —The Observer

“The language in Strangers I Know, wonderfully translated by Elizabeth Harris, is precise…
For Durastanti, language has the power to perform an excavation of the self in the attempt to bring the inexpressible into understanding.” —Ploughshares

“Formally innovative and emotionally complex, this novel explores themes of communication, family, and belonging with exceptional insight. Durastanti, celebrated in Italy for her intelligent voice and her hybrid perspective, speaks to all who are outside and in-between. Strangers I Know, in a bracing translation by Elizabeth Harris, is a stunning English-language debut.”
Jhumpa Lahiri

“Playful, looping, atmospheric and funny, Strangers I Know is a singular achievement, one of those rare books that expanded my understanding of what a novel can do. Claudia Durastanti is an absolutely thrilling writer. 
Lauren Groff, author of Matrix and Fates and Furies

“Brave and deeply felt… Here the novel is not only a medium of illumination, but also a buoy cast into the dark waters of memory, imagination, and boldly embodied questions. In other words, it is my favorite kind of writing, the kind that not only tells of the world—but burrows through it, alive.”
—Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

“A fiercely inventive, lyrical journey into the heart, and into the cultures of America, Italy, and England. Durastanti’s singular voice and the intensity of her honesty stayed with me. I’ve never read or heard anything like this book.”
—Krys Lee, author of Drifting House and How I Became a North Korean

“Claudia Durastanti’s writing is lyrical and sharp, underpinned with a searching gaze that turns the everyday into something darkly beautiful. Every page feels totally, absorbingly, alive.”
—Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure

“The story of an upbringing full of obstacles. Like a Dickens character, Claudia goes from one mishap to the next, always keeping her curiosity of the world and her capacity to feed deep affections.” Rai Cultura

“Halfway between Natalia Ginzburg and Joan Didion, Durastanti’s [Strangers I Know] is her Family Lexicon.” L’Independente

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