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The Father and the Foreigner

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  52 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Diego is an employee at the Ministry of Justice in Rome and the father of a gravely disabled boy. Though the birth of his son sent shockwaves through his life and his marriage, Diego is managing, now, to give himself and his family some semblance of routine and normality. His universe and its relative calm are thrown into turmoil by his meeting with Walid, an elegant and m ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Europa Editions (first published 2004)
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Paul Trembling
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Though it has many of the ingredients of a thriller - mysterious characters, atmospheric locations, Police investigation, etc. - this little book lacks the pace to fit that genre. Instead it's a deep and thoughtful look at the development of a man's character under pressure.

Diego is struggling to cope with having a handicapped son, struggling with his own feelings about him, when he meets Walid, a person whom he knows very little about except that he also has a handicapped son. The unlikely fri
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blanche, thriller
Il est très court - 144 pages - et il se lit tout seul.
C'est l'histoire d'une amitié entre deux hommes Diego et Walid qui ne se ressemblent en rien si ce n'est qu'ils ont tous les deux un très jeune fils handicapé lourdement. Tous les samedis, pendant que les garçons Giacomo et Yousuf sont en thérapie, ils discutent, ils partagent leurs souffrances, ils se promènent, ils créent des liens et se confient comme ils ne peuvent le faire avec personne d'autre. Et puis un jour Walid disparaît et Diego
Barbara Ab
Il giallo e la storia non sono entusiasmanti, ma il viaggio interiore del padre nel suo rapporto con un figlio cerebroleso è toccante. " C'erano stati momenti in cu si era sentito impazzire, perchè avevano un bel dire e suggerire, i professori, gli esperti, gli estranei, ma a suoi figlio era stato negato il diritto di vivere, e allo stesso tempo avrebbe vissuto una vita sulla soglia dell'oscurità permanente".
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is an intense look at the inner life of a father with a sick child. De Cataldo sets up a comparison between the foreignness of a second father who also has a sick child but is from another culture, and the rest of the "healthy" world. As a spy story it's not particularly good, but as a story about fatherhood and the emotional confusion of illness it seems very good, at least to this non-parent. I will be interested to revisit it in the future.
incipit mania
Jul 10, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Giuseppe Pizzimenti
"giallo" dall'intreccio e dai personaggi "classici", riportati con un approccio altrettanto classico, ma svolto con mano ferma ; merita la stella in più per il racconto bello, anche se inverosimile, di un'amicizia, e quello altrettanto bello, e più sincero , di una paternità
Simona Pieri
Credo si sia accomiatato da suo figlio e dal suo dolore.
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Giancarlo De Cataldo è Giudice di Corte d'Assise a Roma, città nella quale vive dal 1973. Scrittore, traduttore, autore di testi teatrali e sceneggiature televisive, ha pubblicato come autore diversi libri, per lo più di genere giallo. Collabora con «La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno», «Il Messaggero», «Il Nuovo», «Paese Sera» e «Hot!». Il suo libro più significativo è Romanzo criminale (2002), dal qual ...more
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