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Margaret Mazzantini

Author of Don't Move

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About the Author

Margaret Mazzantini was born in Dublin and now lives in Rome. She trained as an actress but left the stage to concentrate on writing. Her first novel, Don¿t Move, won the prestigious Strega Prize, and sold over 2m copies. Twice Born, already a blockbuster in Italy, is optioned for a film starring show more Penelope Cruz and marks Mazzantini¿s arrival as a novelist of serious stature and international significance. show less
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Works by Margaret Mazzantini

Don't Move (2001) 810 copies, 25 reviews
Twice Born (2008) 407 copies, 24 reviews
Il catino di zinco (1994) 130 copies, 7 reviews
Nessuno si salva da solo (2012) 128 copies, 10 reviews
Zorro. (2004) 119 copies
Morning Sea (2011) 119 copies, 8 reviews
Splendore (2013) 88 copies, 5 reviews
Manola (1998) 62 copies, 1 review
Ga niet weg roman (2023) 1 copy, 1 review

Associated Works

Twice Born [2012 film] (2014) — Original book — 5 copies, 2 reviews
Anthropophagous [1980 film] (1980) — Actor — 5 copies
Don't Move [2004 film] (2006) — Original novel — 4 copies
You Can't Save Yourself Alone [2015 film] (2012) — Original book — 1 copy


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Mazzantini, Margaret
Dublin, Ireland
Places of residence
Tangier, Morocco
Tivoli, Italy
Academy of Dramatic Arts [Rome]
Mazzantini, Carlo (father)
Castellitto, Sergio (husband)
Awards and honors
Knight Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
Short biography
Margaret Mazzantini è nata il 27 ottobre 1961 a Dublino dallo scrittore Carlo Mazzantini e la pittrice Anne Donnelly. Per molti anni, dopo il diploma all’Accademia Nazionale D’Amico nel 1982, fa con successo l’attrice teatrale e conquista ruoli primari da protagonista. Conosce Sergio Castellitto che diventa suo marito nel 1987 e dal quale ha avuto quattro figli. Debutta come narratrice nel 1994 con Il catino di zinco, che entra in finale al Campiello (vinto quell’anno da Antonio Tabucchi) e come autrice teatrale con Manola. Nel 2001 pubblica Non ti muovere che vince il premio Strega, diventa un film diretto dal marito e un successo internazionale, tradotto in 35 lingue. Per Castellitto scrive il monologo Zorro e alla fine del 2008 esce Venuto al mondo che è già comunque un best seller e dal premio avrà certamente un ulteriore grande impulso.



"Don't Move" Discussion: Spoilers Allowed and Expected in Reading Books by Women (April 2015)


fucking heartbreaking, from several angles
ansate | 23 other reviews | Nov 6, 2023 |
I am waffling between 3 stars and 4 stars.

When I hear that a book written in first-person, such as [b:The Hunger Games|2767052|The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)|Suzanne Collins|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1358275334s/2767052.jpg|2792775], is being made into a movie, I wonder how the filmmakers are going to handle it. The story is entirely from Katniss' perspective, and she is telling it, so some of her voice and vision will inevitably get lost in film. I am willing to bet money that the adaptation of Don't Move is better than the book, because there will be less of the voice of Timoteo!

After his daughter is seriously injured in an accident, Timoteo sits outside her operating room and silently tells her of the affair he had the year before she was born. His confession begins with his car breaking down in a sketchy town, where he meets Italia - tired, poor, and unattractive. Although he has a beautiful wife and a successful career as a surgeon, Timoteo is dissatisfied. Upon meeting Italia, his frustration comes to a head and, um, he rapes her. Um, yeah. Definitely not a meet-cute. Despite this, er, questionable beginning, Timoteo becomes sexually obsessed with Italia, and she with him. He must decide whether to continue his comfortable existence with his wife or experience passion and life with Italia.

That sounds like an excellent movie. I can totally see this working as some kind of modern erotic Italian Neorealist piece. The reason I didn't enjoy the book is because I could not stand Timoteo's self-loathing narration of his brutality, selfishness, and cowardice. I guess it comes down to I would rather watch a weasel than read about a weasel.

PS - I am amused that Margaret Mazzantini dedicated this book to her husband. And then he directed and starred in the film adaptation! That's either really sweet or really twisted.
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doryfish | 24 other reviews | Jan 29, 2022 |
Non ci provare
Una o due stelle, ma anche tre, a uno qualsiasi dei romanzi della Mazzantini? No dai, non ci provare! Sei sicuramente avvezzo a trastullarti con romanzetti rosa scialbi scritti coi piedi, e faresti bene a continuare su quella strada. Suvvia, questo romanzo è di una bellezza sconcertante. Eccheccacchio!
Ecate | 24 other reviews | Aug 18, 2021 |
Duro, profondo, come quasi tutti i libri della Mazzantini.
Ecate | 4 other reviews | Aug 18, 2021 |



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