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Vita
Melania Mazzucco
publisher: , 2003

translated as:
Vita
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 2005
translation: Virginia Jewiss

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It is April 1903, and the steamship Republic spills more than 2,000 hopeful immigrants onto the pier at Ellis Island. Among them are Diamante, age 12, and Vita, 9, sent by their poor families in southern Italy to make their way in America. Amid the chaos and splendour of New York City, the poverty and crime of Little Italy, Diamante and Vita struggle to survive, grow up, and most of all, to become American.
Weaving her own family history into this colorful novel, award-winning author Melania Mazzucco has created an epic that is passionate, vibrant and sometimes shockingly dark.

Vita will appear in English translation in September 2005, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

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BOOKS BY MELANIA MAZZUCCO:

[[Lei così amata]]
2000

[La camera di Baltus]
1998

[Il bacio della Medusa]
1996

Vita
2003
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The story of the author's grandfather who, in 1903, at the age of 12, emigrated to America – together with a 9-year-old girl named Vita.
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