‘Who taught you how to speak?!’ – is usually the first thing people ask Claudia Durastanti when they find out both her parents are deaf. ‘In which language do you dream’ they ask her when they learn she moved from Brooklyn to the Italian countryside when she was six years old.
Durastanti’s book The Stranger is a culmination of an autobiography, a travelogue, an essay and fiction. The novel describes her search for an identity, and also explores various subjects such as sexuality, mental health and the search for High Art. It also largely takes place in post-Brexit London. The Stranger was born from silence: silence from being deaf, silence form being an immigrant. It tells the story of the birth of the love for language.
Claudia Durastanti (New York, 1984) is a writer, literary translator and journalist for La Repubblica. Her work has been awarded several prizes and ‘The Stranger’ was shortlisted for the Premio Strega. The book will be published by various leading publishers. Durastanti lives in London.