The Story Of Anna P

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Anna P lives on an island off the coast of Italy but can no longer remember how she got there. She came from South Africa but has almost no memories of the place or people there. The only person she has any real 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 thrust into her care that she finds some value in herself, some place which she will not allow to be abused, and her 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, can we still make ethical choices?

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Penny Busetto, the winner of the 2013 European Union Literary Award, 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 and now lives in Cape Town.

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Anna P lives on an island off the coast of Italy but can no longer remember how she got there. She came from South Africa but has almost no memories of the place or people there. The only person she has any real 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 thrust into her care that she finds some value in herself, some place which she will not allow to be abused, and her 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, can we still make ethical choices?

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