Title: At the Wolf’s Table
Author: Rosella Postorino
Data: 2018, 240p.
Publisher: Feltrinelli

Extract
Translated by Leah Janeczko

Winner of Premio Campiello 2018
Finalist in the Premio Letterario Lucio Mastronardi – City of Vigevano 2018

Finalist in the Premio Minerva 2018

 

Description:

Germany, 1943. Twenty-six-year-old Rosa Sauer’s parents are gone, and her husband Gregor is far away, fighting on the front lines of WWII. Alone, she has little choice but to leave war-torn Berlin behind and live with her in-laws in a village near, the Wolfschanze, the Wolf’s Lair, Hitler’s hidden headquarters. Convinced that the enemy wants to poison him, Hitler recruits ten women, including Rosa, to be his food screeners. Even though food is a luxury, eating the decadent feasts Hitler will soon be served is an act of torture – after each meal, the women must wait to see if they die. Every minute seems like an eternity. None of the women are allowed to meet Hitler, none can enter the Wolfschanze, but the Führer is a constant presence, both their savior and their executioner. He is in every conversation, in Rosa's thoughts, and forever on the radio. He looms large above them all, like some kind of deity. As the war outside goes from bad to worse, so do things with the ten women trapped in the tasting room, forced to eat what may kill them. Rosa's closest friend is revealed as a clandestine Jew and sent to a concentration camp, the vindictive SS officer put in charge of her group takes a special liking to her, and Rosa must figure out how she can stay alive as it becomes clear that Rosa, her friends, and everyone she knows, are on the wrong side of history.

“After so many novels on WWII, I did not think one could surprise me. But Hitler’s Taster offers such a unique point of view on the war that I knew I had to be the French publisher. And it is much more than a great historical novel, giving us a new vintage point. Rosella Postorino has a powerful literary voice which will resonate for readers around the world.”
—Anne Michel- Editorial Director - Albin Michel- France

"From just reading the opening pages of Rosella Postorino's novel, I knew it was one I had to publish. This is a story we've never heard before. It reminds me of The Reader but is completely fresh and unique. I think it will be a bestseller."
— Amy Einhorn- Publisher - Flatiron Books/Macmillan USA

“As soon as I began reading Rosella Postorino’s novel I felt that strange tingling sensation that a publisher feels only rarely: the story itself is perfectly fine-tuned with the way it is told. The pages are alive. We taste the food, smell the fear, and hear the strident sounds of reverence. I read it all in one sitting and I will read it again and again.”
—Silvia Querini- Directora Literaria - Lumen Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial Spain

“With Hitler’s Taster, by Rossella Postorino, we discovered an exceptional new voice. It’s not only the entirely intriguing premise which completes this outstanding book. The true-to-life characters entangled in a forbidden love story will stay with you for a long, long time.”
—Sander Knoll – Publisher: Xander, Holland 

“The food taster’s voice captures readers and is so real, tense and penetrating that it never lets them go.”
—Donatella Di Pietrantonio, author of the bestseller L’arminuta

“Read At the Wolf’s Table. Do it, I’m begging you.”
—Michela Murgia, author of the bestseller Accabadora

“At the Wolf’s Table stays with you, and for a long time.”
—Benedetta Tobagi, La Repubblica

“A beautiful story that draws a line between the expressible and the inexpressible. A story with no options and no way out, just like for the protagonists of certain Greek tragedies.”
—Valeria Parrella, Grazia

“The author carves into the meat of the matter with rich, precise writing that even succeeds in conjuring the Führer’s body in absentia.”
—Cristina Taglietti, Il Corriere della Sera

“You’ll fly into this novel with your heart in your throat and a constant feeling of identification all the way through to the final, magnificent chapter.”
—Annalena Benini, Io Donna

“With writing that reflects the formidable physical nature of this story, like all good writers Postorino explains nothing. Yet she observes with intelligence and empathy, and in the end she has Rosa, after many years, tell the man she once loved, ‘You did good to stay alive.’ Life. Nothing else.”
—Elena Stancanelli, D: La Repubblica delle Donne

“It will speak to you of love, of desire, of shame, of hunger, of fragility. Of labels and judgment. It will move you, will lift you up, will bring you down, will do all these things together.”
—Matteo Bussola, author of the bestseller Notti in bianco, baci a colazione

“A wonderful novel in which Rosella Postorino establishes a female identity that transverses history.”
—Teresa Ciabatti, author of La più amata

“Remember what Lalla Romano wrote about Tabucchi’s Sostiene Pereira? Well, I’m using it myself for Rosella Postorino’s At the Wolf’s Table: ‘Is it possible that a book, a novel, makes you uncomfortable because it seems too good to be true? Too good not because it’s trying to be liked, but simply in the sense that it makes you love it wholeheartedly’.”
—Crocifisso Dentello, author of La vita sconosciuta

“It’s as engaging as a great film. In this novel, the word ‘survivor’ takes on an entirely female connotation.”
—Laura Pezzino, Vanity Fair Italy

“The author explores the limits someone might push in order to survive without losing their humanity.”
—Sabina Minardi, L’Espresso

“Compelling and truly well written.”
—Giuseppe Fantasia, huffingtonpost.it

“It’s already the best Italian novel of 2018.”
—Massimiliano Virgilio, fanpage.it

“This book—which speaks of love, hunger, survival and remorse—will end up engraved on your heart.”
—Marie Claire Italy

“Postorino has woven a powerful storyline to explore the ambiguity of human relationships with the bitter taste of the struggle for survival.”
—Donna Moderna

“A powerful story told with implacable, captivating writing.”
—Titti Marrone, Il Mattino

“A necessary book of great power that brings to mind Primo Levi’s The Drowned and the Saved and the finest Italian fiction.”
—Marco Scolesi, La Riviera

“Postorino’s clear, precise language delineates the portrait of a woman that will long remain in the readers’ memories.”
—Luca Mirarchi, Blow Up

“A surprising novel.”
—Mauretta Capuano, La Gazzetta di Parma

“What does it feel like to lend your digestive system to the Führer? To be a lab rat that eats Hitler’s meals to thwart his attempted poisoning? What does it feel like to fend off hunger with the delicacies prepared for a monster destined to go down in history? Or to think, ‘Tasting this dessert might be the end of me?’ This lies at the core of Rosella Postorino’s unique, compelling novel.”
—Lidia Lombardi, Il Tempo

“A book I truly loved. A book of literature; it isn’t a simple book of fiction. […] As it tells its story, through its language it raises questions that profoundly touch each of us, that profoundly touch the truth of human existence.”
—Massimo Recalcati, psychoanalyst, essayist and author

 

Foreign Rights Sold

France
(Albin Michel)

Netherlands
(Xander)

USA/UK
(Flatiron Books, Macmillan) 

 Spain
(Lumen/Penguin Random)

 Brazil
(Universo dos livros)

Arab language
(The Arab Cultural Center)

China
(Beijing United Creation Culture Media)

 

Croatia
(Naklada Oceanmore)

 

Greece
(Pedio)

 

Korea
(Moonye)

 

Norway
(Bazar)

       

 

 

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