The Bishop’s Bedroom

The Bishop's Bedroom

by Piero Chiara

Translated by Jill Foulston

Published by: New Vessel Press

151 pages, 5.25 x 8.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781939931740
  • Published: November 2019

$15.95

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"Piero Chiara’s novel is at once a murder mystery and a lyrical study of desire, greed, and deception. The ending is simply stunning."—André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name

"A strong, well-written and weirdly seductive little novel about enjoying the small pleasures of life."—New York Times Book Review

Summer 1946. World War Two has just come to an end and there’s a yearning for renewal. A man in his thirties is sailing on Lake Maggiore in northern Italy, hoping to put off the inevitable return to work. Dropping anchor in a small, fashionable port, he meets the enigmatic owner of a nearby villa who invites him home for dinner with his older wife and beautiful widowed sister-in-law. The sailor is intrigued by the elegant waterside mansion, staffed with servants and imbued with mystery, and stays in a guest room previously occupied by a now deceased bishop related to his host. The two men form an uneasy bond, recognizing in each other a shared taste for idling and erotic adventure. But tragedy puts an abrupt halt to their revels and shatters the tranquility of the villa. A sultry, stylish psychological thriller executed with supreme literary finesse.