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The Fireflies of Autumn

The Fireflies of Autumn: And Other Tales of San Ginese

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Awards for The Fireflies of Autumn

  • Shortlisted: The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2018
  • Shortlisted: The Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, fiction category 2018
  • Winner: The Deborah Cass Prize 2017

About the author

 Moreno  Giovannoni

Moreno Giovannoni was born in San Ginese but grew up in a house on a hill, on a tobacco farm at Buffalo River in north-east Victoria. He is a freelance translator of long standing. His essay 'The Percheron' was published in Southerly and selected …

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Praise for The Fireflies of Autumn

‘The Fireflies of Autumn is phenomenal. I was so immersed in this book that I read it greedily, not wanting to leave San Ginese and return to the real world. There is immense beauty in this book, and there is great sadness and there is genuine tenderness. I can’t recall when I was last thrilled by a book as I am by this one. Only one adjective will do: this is a great book.’ Christos Tsiolkas

‘I lived in Tuscany fifteen years ago and still hanker for its charms. Reading Giovannoni’s delightful book The Fireflies of Autumn took me back there in a visceral way. Suddenly I was sitting on a chair in a cobblestone street in a small Tuscan village watching these captivating stories unfold. The writing is exquisite and the characters seemed uncannily familiar. This is the real Tuscany, in all its simple splendour and rawness.’ —Edwina Johnson, Director, Byron Writers Festival
 

‘I have never read a migrant tale so original, so breathtaking in scope, or so magical. I have not since stopped thinking about the characters in San Ginese.’ —Alice Pung

‘I can’t remember ever reading anything quite like it. It thrilled me, and made me laugh, and moved me very deeply. I can’t seem to stop thinking about it. It keeps on quietly gathering power.’ — Helen Garner

‘These stories have gravity, they have charm, they speak to our apprehension of a world that is weirder than ours and closer to mythological modes of thought, but they also have a power of magic that is not separate from the sure-footedness of the author’s narrative technique, which is one of the thousand faces of an art that disguises art.’ —The Saturday Paper