The Lovers

The Lovers


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The new novel from prizewinning author, Paolo Cognetti is a love story set in a tiny village high in the Italian Alps. Its protagonists, Fausto and Silvia, meet in winter, their relationship becoming a refuge in all senses, and the seasons, as well as the mountains, an integral part of their story together. It has a classic, enduring appeal, a cinematic feel, a captivating backdrop, and a romantic sensibility underpinned by a spare, powerful prose style.

Across both fiction and non-fiction, Cognetti's writing seeks to understand human interactions with landscape, interpreting what our obsessions with extremes of beauty, endurance and isolation tell us about ourselves and our relationships with others.

Praise for Eight Mountains:
'Exquisite... A rich, achingly painful story' ANNIE PROULX
'BRILLIANT' New York Times
'ABSORBING' Irish Times

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  • A masterclass in high-altitude atmosphere, a sharp portrait of a community and a touching romance, all condensed into 200 pages... [and] elegantly translated by Stash Luczkiw
    Financial Times

About the author

Paolo Cognetti

Paolo Cognetti was born in 1978 in Milan. He divides his time between the city and his cabin 6,000 feet up in the Italian Alps. His international bestseller, The Eight Mountains, won Italy’s Premio Strega and is now a major film. His other acclaimed titles include Without Ever Reaching the Summit: A Himalayan Journey, and The Lovers.
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