Elisa Mancini is a Nobody. Painfully insecure, more at ease with books than with
people, at twenty-three she’s a university dropout living at her aunt’s, drifting
from one day to another, and waiting for something big to happen.
Judith Shapiro is a Somebody. Arrogant and eccentric, she’s a superstar of
mathematics, the subject of scientific articles, and the undisputed ruler of the
world around her.
In a trillionth of a trillionth of a second, Elisa falls madly in love with Judith Shapiro.
For sixty-eight days she is the mistress of an internationally acclaimed
But loving Judith Shapiro is like running a marathon in a war zone. As days pass,
Elisa’s wild infatuation takes on a suicidal bent, and the world around her starts
to go to pieces. Just as everything is about to blow up, the moment of truth
Absolute Truth, For Beginners is a story about truth, time and love. Or about
identity, positive nursing, degrees of happiness, Baroque art, scientific theories,
homosexual lovemaking, arrogant television producers, and becoming who you
Katarina West: Author bio
Katarina West is the author of Witchcraft Couture, her debut novel. She was
born in Helsinki, Finland, into a bilingual family that in addition to humans
consisted of dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, canaries, rabbits and – thanks to her
biology teacher mother – stuffed owls and squirrels.
She spent time travelling in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and went on to study
at Queen Mary and Westfield College in London and the European University
Institute in Florence, where she completed a PhD in political science and
published a book based on it, Agents of Altruism. During those student years she
started work as a journalist, and continued writing for various Finnish magazines
and newspapers for over ten years, writing on various topics from current events
and humanitarian issues to celebrity interviews and short stories. She also briefly
worked as a university lecturer on humanitarian issues in Northern Italy.
Katarina lives in an old farmhouse in Chianti with her husband and son and
when not writing, she is fully immersed in Tuscan country life, from jam-making
and olive-picking to tractor maintenance.
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