NOVEL | 2018 | 152 pages
Just over a century ago, a family left Sorrento and settled in Mar de Plata, Argentina, to open a trattoria, close to the beach. They might have been like any other family that emigrated to Argentina in those years, however this family in particular, the Vespolini, contributed to Argentine culture in a unique way: They invented the sorrentinos, a type of pasta that, to this day, is widely eaten and enjoyed across country.The trattoria passed on from parents to children, and from the older brother to the youngest; Chinche—a man who loved the movies, porcelains and good conversation; someone for whom bad taste was an unforgivable offense and whose wittiness had the power of transforming any ordinary situation into an anecdote to be told for years to come. Virginia Higa collects the pieces of a family history and writes a novel about an unforgettable character, as well as the men and women of apparent simplicity who star in their own stories of eternal love and profound solitude, deaths, betrayals and songs. As in the best of comedies—Italian ones, especially—in Los sorrentinos aren’t always what they seem: you can’t always tell the difference between laughter and tears, between the destiny of a family and that of an entire country, between a life well-lived and the most fortunate of inheritances.
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