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  • Published: 2 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784707064
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.99

The Eight Mountains

The international sensation about two young Italian boys from different backgrounds who meet in the mountains every summer, and the men they grow to become

'Could Cognetti be the new Elena Ferrante?' Bookseller

The international sensation that spent a year on the Italian bestseller list about two young boys who meet in the mountains every summer, and the men they grow up to become

'BRILLIANT' New York Times
'ABSORBING' Irish Times
Pietro, a lonely city boy, spends his summers in a secluded valley in the Alps. There, surrounded by meadows and peaks, he begins to learn of his father's dreams and passions. There, too, he meets Bruno, the son of a local stonemason. As the pair run wild, they form a once-in-a-lifetime friendship.

Then one year, the summer visits stop. Pietro is drawn to cities around the world. But the memory of the mountains never leaves him and, after his father dies, he returns in search of the freedom and camaraderie that he once knew.

'Exquisite. A rich, achingly painful story'

Winner of the 2017 Strega Prize, the Strega Giovani Prize and the Prix Médicis étranger

  • Published: 2 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784707064
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.99

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, is published in 38 countries, and won both Italy’s Premio Strega and the French Prix Médicis étranger. Without Ever Reaching the Summit: A Himalayan Journey is his most recent book.

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Praise for The Eight Mountains

There are no more universal themes than those of the landscape, friendship, and becoming adults, and Cognetti's writing becomes classical (and elegant) to best tell this story.a true novel by a great writer

Rolling Stone Italia

A great story about friendship and about what it means to become a man

Vanity Fair Italia

Could Cognetti be the new Elena Ferrante?

The Bookseller

A fine book, a rich, achingly painful story that is made for all of us who have ever felt a hunger for the mountains. Few books have so accurately described the way stony heights can define one's sense of joy and rightness. And it is an exquisite unfolding of the deep way humans may love one another.

Annie Proulx

A beautifully crafted piece of writing... Absorbing... The power of nature to transform the individual, for good and for bad, is seen through each of the characters

Sarah Gilmartin, Irish Times

The Eight Mountains is a novel about love for the mountains, but more than that it is about those male relationships that rely on the slow accumulation of understanding where nothing is directly expressed: men, while feeling a lot, say very little, and, tragically, sometimes this can be fatal. Cognetti's novel, poetic and properly romantic, achieves a moving grandeur

David Mills, Sunday Times

A profound tale about male friendship, its consolations and shortcomings, set in the Italian Alps

100 Best Books to Read This Summer, The Times

With gorgeously understated, unhurried prose, Cognetti crafts the story of an unlikely friendship between a city boy named Pietro and a young cow herder, Bruno, who lives in the Alpine mountains where the members of Pietro's family spend their vacations. You can feel the cycles of nature as the narrative unfolds

New York Times

The Eight Mountains is... Paolo Cognetti's enchanting story of a boy who comes of age at altitude

Tobias Jones, Guardian

A boy bonds with a local while holidaying in Italy's mountains in a thoughtful...coming-of-age story... A story of relationships - not just between people, but with the mountains... Cognetti captures the elation and melancholy that comes with reaching a spectacular summit, only to realise the minuscule part we play in the panorama of life

Ben East, Observer

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