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Without Blood Without Blood Without Blood

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  2,783 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
An unforgettable fable about the brutality of war - and one girl's quest for revenge and healing, from the author of the acclaimed international bestseller "Silk."When - in anunnamed place and time - Manuel Roca's enemies hunt him down to kill him, they fail to discover Nina, his youngest child, hidden in a hole beneath his farmhouse floor. After this carnage Tito, one of ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published March 11th 2008 by Vintage Books USA (first published 2002)
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Mar 30, 2008 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this man writes like deer run...
Dec 17, 2014 TK421 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
Alessandro Baricco is a storytelling poet. His words are honey for the mind. To say much of this slim novel would be to cheat future readers from experiencing what I just experienced. My heart is broken. My mind is vitalized. My soul feels as if it has been twisted. Ultimately, Baricco asks and answers a simple question (with a very complex answer): Can a person have revenge without shedding blood?


Perfect! Perfect story, perfect storytelling! Baricco's short novel "Without Blood" is like a song. His words flow like musical notes that form a haunting melody, destined to stay with you long after you've turned the last page.
Simply and poetically amazing!
Aug 21, 2015 Kristine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πως γράφεις ένα συναισθηματικά ασφυκτικό αριστούργημα σε 87 σελίδες? Alessandro Baricco θα τα ξαναπούμε σύντομα.
Talvez demasiado breve para a profundidade psicológica do que é narrado...

Senti sinceramente que eram necessárias mais páginas para abarcar aquele desfecho que tem tanto de absurdo como de belo.

"Então pensou que, por incompreensível que a vida seja, provavelmente a atravessamos com o único desejo de regressar ao inferno que nos gerou, e de habitar ao lado de quem, uma vez, nos salvou desse inferno. Tentou perguntar a si mesma de onde viria aquela absurda fidelidade ao horror, mas descobriu que
Maxym Karpovets
Постать Алесандро Барікко може бути відома завдяки популярній стрічці 1900 (Тисяча дев’ятисотий) Джузеппе Торнаторре, що отримала Оскара як кращий іноземний фільм. На встановлення стилю письма Барікко мали вплив два фактори – філософська та музична освіта. Можна сказати, що знанная „музичної грамоти” додає романам Барікко мелодійності, легкості і ритму, а філософія – глибини і чіткості думки. Крім літературної діяльності, Барріко в Італії відомий як музичний критик, ведучий і журналіст. Найбільш ...more
Alma Q
Apr 05, 2016 Alma Q rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of short fiction, at least those who haven't yet read every other war story under the sun.
(Written on February 1st, 2016. Slightly edited on April 5th of the same year.)

An indulgence in the life of a non-reading reader. I both thoroughly enjoyed and envied Baricco's writing ability; his construction of sentences, characters, and scenes is superb, and woven together they are magic. A perfect package.

Perhaps a little too perfect, even, and I say that because of no more than one or two sentences - the story maybe loses just a touch of its edge at the end, at least for readers like me wh
Nov 10, 2014 Beatrice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Allora pensò che per quanto la vita sia incomprensibile, probabilmente noi la attraversiamo con l'unico desiderio di ritornare all'inferno che ci ha generati, e di abitarvi al fianco di chi, una volta, da quell'inferno, ci ha salvato. Provò a chiedersi da dove venisse quell'assurda fedeltà all'orrore, ma scoprì di non avere risposte. Capiva solo che nulla è più forte di quell'istinto a tornare dove ci hanno spezzato, e a replicare quell'istante per anni. Solo pensando che chi ci ha salvati una ...more
Ruth A secas
Segundo libro que leo del autor y segundo libro que me fascina, pero ¿cómo puede transmitir tanto en tan poquitas páginas?.
No tenía ni idea de que me iba a encontrar entre sus páginas -como siempre, menuda novedad que os estoy contando ¡eh! lo flipáteis jajaja- y nos encontramos a una familia normal en período de postguerra, esta familia está en su casa hasta que aparecen unos señores y paaaaaaaaaaam empiezan a ocurrir un montón de a
Sep 02, 2012 Radwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gifts
محور الرواية هو ... الانتقام!
الرواية تدور في أعقاب حرب ما, في منزل طبيب سابق و هو روكا كانت لمستشفاه أثر ما في مقتل أخ ساليناس (الرجل الذي هاجمه في بيته)و في هذا الهجوم قتل الأب الطبيب والابن .. و نجت الابنة بطريقة ما, لتبدأ حياة غريبة فيما بعد تتمحور حول الانتقام من قاتلي أبيها و أخيها

هي رواية عن وجهات النظر المختلفة و كيف ان هناك من يرى "الدماء" ضرورة لانهاء الحرب .. و ان عليك أن تقتل مائة طفل لكي يحيا ملايين -مثلا- و هناك من تدمرت حياتهم بسبب هذه النظرية و منهم البطلة, نينا.

الانتقام سلسلة لا
Nov 10, 2016 Marc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A neat novella in 2 parts. The first part describes a violent reckoning in a somewhat western-style setting; very cinematic flavor, economical style. The second part, 60 years later, brings two main characters together again in a dialogue that illustrates how divergent perceptions can be, and how powerful vengeance is as a life force. The end is a bit predictable but nevertheless nice. Literary almost perfect, this is a cool short story.
Mar 25, 2016 Alisea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Scritto come solo Baricco sa scrivere: stile ricco di musicalità, ad effetto, forbito... ma non c'è altro...
La trama è inconsistente anche se all'inizio promette bene, poi l'autore si lascia distrarre dalle parole e finisce con il perdere del tutto il filo della trama che risulta scontata, dispersiva e del tutto insipida..
Un esercizio di stile...
Ani Artinyan
Jul 29, 2016 Ani Artinyan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Алесандро Барико отново ме заведе на пътешествие - от тези, които траят само часове, толкова малко часове, че и секундите в тях можеш да преброиш. От тези, които те смачкват от умора, но по толкова красив и мъдър начин, че ти се иска да обуеш обувките веднага пак и да тръгнеш пак, този път сам, с малко повече смелост, спокойствие.. с много повече себе си, да тръгнеш пак в собствения си роман.
Diane S ☔
Sep 17, 2014 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The justification men use for killing and for War. What I thought was going to be a revenge story turns into so much more when in the hands of Baricco. Powerful words, providing powerful visuals.
Dec 17, 2014 Gabriela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Noémi
What an amazing mix of unbelievable happenings, determinations and reflexions.
Nov 02, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, 2016
Dit boekje van Baricco, het is slechts 95 pagina's lang, bestaat uit twee delen.
In het eerste deel dat zich situeert in een tijd vlak na een oorlog worden een vader en zijn twee kinderen belaagd door drie mannen, uit op wraak, op hun afgelegen boerderij op het platteland. Hij wordt als arts verdacht van vreselijke misdaden tijdens die oorlog. Aan die wraakactie ontsnapt alleen de dochter dankzij de jongste van de wrekers die doet alsof hij haar niet ziet.
In het tweede deel dat zich meer dan 5 de
Well, this took an hour to read, very short, 97 pages, more like a short story...

It moves along at lightning speed, Baricco interweaves philosophical musings on war, violence, politics, the nature of truth, etc., as the story moves apace...

The book begins with a straightforward account of a traumatic moment of wartime, actually a scene occurring after the war is over. The war is not specified, but it's obviously WWII and the place is Italy. Vengeance seekers from the winning side are after a doc
Andrea Gatti
Jan 07, 2016 Andrea Gatti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baricco negli ultimi tempi lo digerisco a fatica. Ho iniziato con Oceano Mare, che mi è piaciuto molto, poi Novecento, che ho adorato, poi Seta e Castelli di rabbia, che invece ho trovato lenti, pesanti e pieni di artifici e virtuosismi fini a se stessi.
Dopodiché ho iniziato a pensare che Baricco non fosse altro che quello: virtuosismi fini a se stessi.
Con Senza sangue, approcciato solo grazie a un viaggio in aereo e a un kindle scarico, mi sono dovuto ricredere: ogni tanto c'azzecca.
Il libro(in
My Inner Shelf
Étrange récit que ce court roman de Baricco. Court, mais tout de même divisé en deux parties. La première m’a paru la plus dure, la plus cruelle. Un homme et ses deux enfants sont retranchés dans une ferme isolée. Des hommes armés font irruption et l’horreur s’abat sur la famille.
La seconde partie se déroule quelques décennies plus tard. Une femme âgée rencontre un vieil homme qui vend des billets de loterie. Elle l’invite à boire un verre, et un dialogue s’installe. C’est le moment des aveux et
Feb 11, 2012 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star, meu
Este é um dos livros que saiu recentemente com a revista Sábado. Mal o tive nas mãos fiquei ansiosa para lhe pegar pois já ouvi falar muito deste autor e queria ler alguma coisa dele. Apesar de todos este sentimentos positivistas tenho de confessar que agradou mas não maravilhou. Culpa disto é talvez a sinopse que acompanha esta edição que revela demasiado do enredo. O livro é pequeno e não havia necessidade de contar tanto sobre o que se iria ler.

Baricco conta-nos uma estória de assassínio, cul
Nieve y Calor
Jun 03, 2016 Nieve y Calor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 22, 2015 Francesca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Letto in un batter di ciglia, breve e intenso. Come in Novecento lo stile si asciuga, senza sangue e senza dolore, si adatta alla storia. Un regalo, questo libro e la sua storia, di cui ancora sono immensamente grata. Confesso che ho pianto quando l'ho finito. Un racconto lungo sul "punto esatto" in cui la vita può trovare un equilibrio, nonostante l'orrore e il male e lo schifo, un equilibrio in cui finalmente questa vita precaria può non fare male, non spezzarsi, non spezzarti e, anche, forse, ...more
Noémi Balási
Reading Baricco is like finding a lost family heritage letter. It is short but still touches you and moves you in a mesmerizing and starkly way. Only few paraghraphs are enough to sum up what it means to be human, in an elemental and absolute way.
Jun 28, 2014 Fede rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mi è molto piaciuto questo libro di Alessandro Baricco, che presenta ancora una volta quelle atmosfere realistiche eppure lontane e improbabili che sono una caratteristica del suo stile di scrittura. Libro molto interessante, consigliato
Ignė Sutemos
Tada pagalvojome : net jei nesuprantame gyvenimo prasmės, pereiname jį tikriausiai turėdami vienintelį troškimą - grįžti į mus pagimdžiusį pragarą ir apsigyventi šalia to, kuris kažkada mus iš jo išgelbėjo.
lézengő reader
Semmi gond vele, csak nem fogott meg. És ez azért Bariccótól szokatlan.
Aisana Beisenbayeva
Алессандро Барикко "Без крови" ...more
Jan 16, 2015 BookNotBite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, read-2015
สุดยอด !!!
Saul Souto
Feb 03, 2016 Saul Souto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy bueno, recuerdo haberlo leído hace más de diez años.
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Alessandro Baricco is a popular Italian writer, director and performer. His novels have been translated into a wide number of languages, and include Lands of Glass, Silk, Ocean Sea, City, and Without Blood. His theatrical monologue, Novecento, was adapted into film, titled The Legend of 1900.

He currently lives in Rome with his wife and two sons.
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