Nela Rywiková

House No. 6

Trans. Raffaella Belletti
La casa al civico 6
La casa al civico 6
Edizioni le Assassine, 2020, 318 pp
Language: Italian
Genre: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9788894979299
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency
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The story of four neighbors whose search for a seemingly simple way of life leads them to a commit a crime.

This novel takes the reader to the outskirts of a city and a dilapidated house in the middle of an erstwhile factory site, surrounded by the high furnaces of Vítkovice Ironworks. The run-down, rusting and crumbling production halls are reflected in the difficult lives of the people who live in the house.

The protagonists all have in common a past spent in a factory cage, an inability to change their lives for the better and an inability to imagine themselves architects of their own destiny. Together they vegetate behind the concrete-panel walls, out of sight of other people and beyond the interest of the authorities. Their silent watching makes them witnesses to, and eventually participants in a crime. Anyone who wishes to tear them away from the comfort of their order becomes a threat to them. And to remove an inconvenient person is a simple matter…

Language: Italian
Title: La casa al civico 6
Publisher: Edizioni le Assassine
Year: 2020
Pages: 318
Genre: Literary fiction