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Stabat Mater

Translator: Shaun Whiteside
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction, World Literature

Stabat Mater

Tiziano Scarpa

In early eighteenth-century Venice an orphan girl discovers life and independence in the music of Vivaldi

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9781847656537 (25 Aug 2011)

About the book

The female musicians of the Instituto della Pietà play from a gallery in the church, their faces half hidden by metal grilles. They live segregated from the world. Cecilia, is a violinist who, during anguished, sleepless nights, writes letters to the mother she never knew, haunted by her and hating her by turns. She eats little and cannot sleep.

But things begin to change when a new violin teacher arrives at the institute. The astonishing music of Vivaldi, the 'Red Priest', electrifies her and changes her attitude to life, compelling her to make a courageous choice.

About the author

Tiziano Scarpa was born in Venice in 1963. He is a poet, novelist, playwright and essayist. He has written a number of acclaimed novels including Eyes On the Broiler and Western Kamikaze. Serpent's Tail have published his 'cultural guide to Venice', Venice is a Fish. His radio play Pop Corn received international critical acclaim and was aired by the BBC and other European radio stations. He regularly speaks at creative writing conferences and writes for Italian national newspapers. In 1997 he won the 49th Italia Prize for his writing. Stabat Mater won the 2009 Strega Prize, the Italian equivalent of the Booker. He lives in Venice.


A heady tale of music and foundlings in Vivaldi's Venice

- Sunday Telegraph

Disquieting, lyrical and intensely authentic

- Michelle Lovric

It always feels as if there's an extra sense available to Tiziano Scarpa, one that fuses perception and emotion. He calls it a scrittura totale, total writing. I just think it's genius.

- Michelle Lovric, author of The Book of Human Skin

Additional Information

Translator: Shaun Whiteside
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction, World Literature

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