Litfest International Fiction Book Club

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Upcoming Meetings: 15 August 2022

Translated from the Italian by the internationally best-selling novelist Jhumpa Lahiri

‘One of Italy’s most accomplished novelists’
Tim Parks, Guardian

Trust asks how much we are willing to bend to show the world our best side, knowing full well that when we are at our most vulnerable we are also at our most dangerous.

Love, well, what to say? We talk about it a lot, but I don’t think I’ve used the word much, on the contrary, I doubt it’s ever been of any use to me, though I’ve loved of course, I’ve loved, I’ve loved until I’ve lost my mind and my wits…

‘Each [of his novels] studies a single relationship; each relationship is contained in the title. Trust, Starnone’s latest book, beautifully translated again by Lahiri, sets out to keep this singularity at its heart while enriching the narrative with a larger cast of characters and a deeper investigation of preoccupations familiar from his previous works: the rewards and sacrifices of a monogamous life, the risks of self-fashioning, what it means to teach and be taught, the precipitousness of looking back on one’s life’
Financial Times

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Enrico Starnone, photo courtesy of Europa editions

Enrico Starnone was born in Saviano near Naples and lives in Rome. He is a writer, screenwriter and journalist, and the author of thirteen works of fiction, including Via Gemito (winner of Italy’s most prestigious literary prize, the Strega), Ties and Trick (both translated by Jhumpa Lahiri).

Jhumpa Lahiri, photo courtesy of Europa Editions

Jhumpa Lahiri is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Interpreter of Maladies. Her books include The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, The Lowland, and, most recently, In Other Words, an exploration of language and identity.

You can buy a paperback copy of Trust and many other book club choices by going to our online bookshop and in this way – or by donating – support the book club and Litfest’s work.

Litfest’s international programme is funded by the Jan Michalski Foundation.

About the Book Club

Every month the Litfest International Book Club meets to discuss some of the best works of contemporary fiction in translation, creating a series of friendly sessions with the aim of discovering what’s new and exciting in international literature. We talk about which books tor read among ourselves and make a point of choosing books that are available in paperback and eBook so that they are easy to find in libraries and bookshops.


Transcripts of our discussions with writers, translators, editors and prize judges from April 2020 to February 2021 are available to read online, and selected video recordings are also available via our YouTube channel.  From April 2021 most books will be introduced by the translator, author or editor in a short video.

Meetings of the Litfest International Fiction Book Club are held online.  If you would like to join us virtually by Zoom, please email Bill Swainson ( who will send you the joining details for each meeting.

International Fiction Book Club titles are available to order in advance from our  online bookshop . Local Pick Up (from The Storey reception in Lancaster) is now an option at the checkout. Please note, if choosing Local Pick Up, we will email you to let you know when your order is ready to collect.