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The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself

SKU: V0163
The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself is a sparse disturbing novel reflecting the past, present and future of a woman, Anna P, who lives on an island off the coast of Italy but can no longer remember how she got there.

She comes from South Africa but has almost no memories of the place or people there. The only person she has any relationship with is a sex worker whom she pays by the hour. It is only when she begins to connect emotionally with a young boy in her accidental care that she finds some value in herself, some place which she will not allow to be abused, and her life gradually changes. 

This meticulously crafted, atmospheric debut novel asks a number of difficult questions about the nature of memory: Who are we if we lose our memories? What does it mean to have no identity? And if we have no identity, no sense of ourselves, how can we make any ethical choices? The answers may not comfort the reader, but The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself grounds such existential ponderings in a rich imaginative landscape that will linger with the reader long after the last page is read.

About the author

Penny Busetto was born in Durban but grew up and went to school in Cape Town. When she was seventeen, she left South Africa for Italy, where she studied, worked and lived for many years moving from Perugia to Bologna to Milan and finally to Tuscany. She returned to live permanently in South Africa in 1996. Penny lives in Cape Town and is affiliated with UCT’s English Department.

Author: Penny Busetto
ISBN: 9781431410163
d-PDF ISBN: 9781431410170
ePUB ISBN: 9781431410187
mobi file ISBN: 9781431410194
Size (mm): 234x153mm
Pages: 224pp
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black and White
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: April 2014