By Marina Warner
Published by Chatto & Windus
The Lost Father is the narrator’s story of her search for her own and her family’s identity. Davide Pittagora, her grandfather, died from a bullet wound and his ‘duel’ is the pivot on which this independent, modern woman turns an imaginary memoir of her mother’s family. As she is drawn into her own invention, the story becomes distorted and her family are forced to ‘re-invent’ the absent Davide.