The Human Body, with Paolo Giordano

Co-presented by the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco

Italy’s bestselling author Paolo Giordano comes to San Francisco for his highly anticipated second novel, The Human Body. Beautifully translated by Anne Milano Appel, this story of modern war follows Italian soldiers stationed in one of the deadliest places on earth—the Gulistan district of Afghanistan. It’s here that a group of inexperienced soldiers is forced to navigate the irreversible journey from youth into manhood. Jarring, poignant, and at times darkly comic, the book was inspired by Giordano’s ten-day tour reporting on the war in Afghanistan. Echoing great 20th-century novels like Catch-22, The Yellow Birds author Kevin Powers calls The Human Body a “brilliant addition to the literature of our modern wars.”