Ricci, Nino (Pio) | werdec.orgView Larger Image. Synopsis: Set in the Valle del Sole, a tiny village nestled in Italian Appenines, this novel tells the story of young Vittorio Innocente and of his mother, Christina, whose affair with a mysterious blue-eyed stranger abruptly shatters the innocence of Vittorio's childhood. After completing studies at York University in Toronto he taught for four years at a boarding school in Nigeria, then travelled widely though Africa and Europe. He completed graduate studies at Concordia University in Montreal, where he subsequently taught literature and creative writing, and at the University of Florence. He is currently an active member of Canadian PEN.
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Ricci received a B. Ricci has travelled in Europe and Africa, where, in Nigeria , he taught English literature and language in a high school for two years. Ricci's first novel Lives of the Saints was a critical and commercial success. The narrator and central character, Vittorio Innocente, traces his life onwards from the age of seven; his mother has just died in childbirth, and he arrives to join his morbid father on a tomato farm in Ontario. Inside the farm's glass houses the crop ripens year by year, but for Vittorio, exposed as he is both before his violent family, and by them, each tiny step in growing up is an agony. The Publishers Weekly review of Where She Has Gone asserts that, "Ricci's poetic prose and fluid plot create a tense and beautiful story whose sad ironies achieve resolution in a haunting conclusion. It is no pamphlet pushing Scripture Lite.
Education: York University, B. Minni, Guernica Editions, Nicholls that in his writing he wants to portray "the experience of being an immigrant in the modern world. During his interview with Nicholls, Ricci explained that "being raised in a tight-knit Italian community in Canada, I grew up with a sense of village dynamics. He told Nicholls that living in this "energetic and flamboyant land" was "like going back to an older Italy.
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