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Without Blood Without Blood Without Blood

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  2,165 ratings  ·  139 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
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Published March 11th 2008 by Vintage Books USA (first published January 1st 2002)
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karen
this man writes like deer run...
TK421
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?

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Kristine
Πως γράφεις ένα συναισθηματικά ασφυκτικό αριστούργημα σε 87 σελίδες? Alessandro Baricco θα τα ξαναπούμε σύντομα.
Max 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
Emir Never
First, it has to be noted that I read Silk first, a magical book that is largely responsible for my current rekindled love for reading. I could not bring myself to review Silk, it was beyond me.

Without Blood is my second book by Alessandro Baricco and I bought it because of the Silk experience. The story is simple enough, the language is what I'll consider distinctly Baricco's--frugal, probably aiming for the accuracy similar to that of a first-rate pugilist who times his shots and makes sure ea
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Carla
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
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Diane S.
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.
Radwa
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
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Beatrice
"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
Gabriela
Dec 17, 2014 Gabriela rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Noémi
What an amazing mix of unbelievable happenings, determinations and reflexions.
Ani Artinyan
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.
Evan
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
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Helen Kitson
'Without Blood' is unquestionably unsettling. It took me barely an hour to read (it's a skinny 87 pages of widely-spaced prose), so it's definitely a novella rather than a novel, but many of the images resonate long after I'd put the book down.

The story opens with a man hiding Nina, his 4-year-old daughter, under the floorboards before he is murdered - together with his son - by a gang of men. One of the men - actually a 20-year-old boy - discovers the girl's hiding place but eventually decides
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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
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Sandra
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
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Tia
...So, apparently my feelings about this book were boomeranged out into the universe months ago, only to find their way back to me and smack me in the chest this evening. Something about Dara Horn's "All Other Nights" made me suddenly remember Baricco's tale--namely its final image, which I now see as completely perfect. The story as a whole is at turns awful and intriguing, but with this writer there must always be a measure of...hard-won sweetness. Maybe even corrupt sweetness, but something s ...more
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.
Riccardo
Confesso, conscio di rischiare di attirarmi le ire degli ammiratori di Baricco e di questo romanzo in particolare, che io di "Senza sangue" taglierei senza pietà la prima parte e terrei solamente la seconda, in special modo le scene al caffè e all'albergo. In queste scene, infatti, si concentra, secondo il mio modesto ed opinabilissimo parere, il significato profondo e la bellezza del romanzo. Romanzo che si rivela nell'essere di colei che fu Nina e poi divenne, nelle sue vite successive, prima ...more
Arda
Avevo letto "Tre volte all'alba",e mi ero innamorata di Baricco e del suo modo di scrivere. Ho iniziato a leggere "Senza Sangue",ritrovando la stessa tipologia di scrittura del libro prima citato. A differenza di "Tre volte all'alba", che si sviluppa su tre capitoli in diverse fasce temporali,questa volta si svolge tutto in due parti...anche qui,le fasce temporali sono diverse,e come per l'altro libro,i protagonasti sono sempre gli stessi,prima piccoli,poi grandi....Qui la principale protagonist ...more
York
Esta novela corta/cuento largo se siente como una suerte de ensayo, una especie de entrenamiento para algo más ambicioso, algo que terminaría siendo City, aquí hay una transición entre el western de esa gran novela y la filosofía zen de Silk, donde el personaje, igual que el lector se ven irremediablemente condenados a ser observadores del desenvolvimiento de su vida, su muerte y las consecuencias de sus decisiones.

Generalmente no soy muy fanático de historias que involucren vaqueros, pero aquí
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Jean
Sin sangre es una novela corta que habla sobre la venganza y sus consecuencias en las personas. La primera parte narra la llegada de un mercedes cargado de matones a la casa de Manuel Roca y mediante una intrincada combinación de narradores le permite al lector tener una idea meridiana de lo que está pasando.

A pesar de que se llame “Sin sangre” en esta parte inicial la hay. El autor cuenta un par de acciones brutales de manera muy veloz, pero con la suficiente descripción como para que el lector
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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.
Dheerapol
"ไรเลือด" ผลงานของผูเขียน "ไหม (Silk)"

เลมนีอยากไดนานแลว เพิงไดจากกองดิดวันนี สิงทีทำใหอยากอานเลมนีไมใชเพราะนิยามเลมกอนหนา แตเปนคำโปรยบนปกทีติดปายตัวโตๆวา "เดกอายุตำกวา 15 ปีควรปรึกษาผูปกครอง" และยังมีเตือนอีกวา "นวนิยาย ไมใชวรรณกรรมเยาวชน"

เปนหนังสือนวนิยายความยาวแคประมาณ 100 หนา ใชคำไมเยอะ แตอานแลวสามารถนึกภาพตาม ตอนอานมีความรูสึกเหมือนดูหนังเรืองนึง ความสนุกอีกอยางคือเรืองราวทีเราแทบจะไมสามารถคาดเดาไดวาอะไรจะเกิดขึนตอไป มันไมใชหักมุม แตเปนรูปแบบการเขียนทีทำใหเราอยากอานตามไปเรือยวาเรืองราวมันจะ
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Lene
Uma leitura rápida, mas cujos efeitos permanecem connosco durante muito tempo. Resumindo, numa antítese: Cru mas terno. O recurso aos diálogos é constante, e feito de forma inteligente. O fim é surpreendente, e faz-nos sentir vontade de mergulhar no mundo da história, para perguntar ansiosamente: "E depois?"...Havia o perigo de clichés óbvios, mas Baricco contornou-os, deixando o leitor baralhado. Um cheirinho a argumentos de Tarantino com a existencialidade filosófica. É a prova de que, muitas ...more
Aisana Beisenbayeva
Алессандро Барикко "Без крови" ...more
BookNotBite
สุดยอด !!!
Alexandra
First of all,this is a very short story that you can read in an hour.
Manuel Roca's story and his cruel death,along with his young boy's one happens in the first part of the book.
Nina, the little daughter of Manuel Roca has survived thought, and Baricco focuses on her story during the second part. She is now old and we can say that the second part is pretty much a dialogue between her and one of the killers of his father, the one which unconsciously decided to spare Nina's life.
While the man, k
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Bunnychip9
I chanced upon this slim volume, lying hidden amidst a pile of "desperate-to-be-sold" books at the bookstore. The other books really looked like they deserved this desperation but there was something to Alessandro Baricco's Without Blood that made me pick it up.

There is a silken, mesmerizing quality to Without Blood. It begins with one of the most dramatic openings I have read - four men meet in a farmhouse, and settle an old feud with a former doctor. Nina, the doctor's daughter is the only one
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Sara Comuzzo
una storia di rabbia. una bambina che assiste al brutale omicidio del padre e del fratello da sotto una botola. riesce a rimanere l'unica superstite alla strage. la stessa bambina che diventata grande, diventata vecchia, va poi in cerca degli assassini della sua famiglia e pur con anni e anni di distanza si compie giustizia.
non necessariamente versando sangue.
un romanzo breve. uno stile asciutto e molto raffinato.
un grande scrittore italiano che riesce a stupire anche in una novantina di pagine.
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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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Silk Novecento. Un monologo Ocean Sea Mr Gwyn Castelli di rabbia

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