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Stones into Bread
Vito Teti, Francesco Loriggio (Translator) and Damiano Pietropaolo (Translator)
Guernica Editions (Guernica World Editions), Fall 2018
250 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771833387
ISBN10: 1771833386
Translated from the Italian
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US

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This is a book about a small Southern Italian village and its offshoots in Toronto. It's about bread and figs and food in general, about Carnival and pilgrimages to religious sanctuaries, about fathers, mothers and children, about migrating and about remaining, about yearning to leave if you've stayed and yearning to make the trek back if you've gone, about how both those who travel and those who never stray from home change. But it's also about what it may mean to write an ethnography of the place you've chosen to continue to inhabit and about how an array of houses in one of the most forlorn backwaters of Europe can actually be in the thick of current history. Mixing fiction and non-fiction, autobiography, portraits of friends and co-villagers, anecdotes, short tales and the reflections of the specialist, it's also about how anthropology can be literature and literature anthropology. In short, it's a book sure to become a classic.
In the Western tradition nomadism has been more alluring than sedentariness or attachment to place, errancy more than permanence. Awaitals and the nostalgia that goes with them have been the topic of narrations far less often than the adventures and the nostalgia of those who have left. And yet the two experiences are interrelated, and in quite a profound manner.

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