the passage of the frog and the wild strawberries of 1942
Published by Hazard Press
THE PASSAGE OF THE FROG AND THE WILD STRAWBERRIES OF 1942 is Beniamino Petrosino’s profoundly personal story of a family’s history. It is a tale of superstition, religion, tradition and beliefs, poverty and fate and a way of life that, in southern Italy at the time, involved few people being able to read or write.
Early in the nineteenth century, Prince de Lampedusa wrote of social change in Southern Italy through the eyes of his family. The Passage of the Frog has a different tale to tell, an insight into life at the other end of the spectrum.
Spanning several generations over the course of the twentieth century, the story is raw and often tersely told. The eyes of the child give way to the maturity and wisdom of an author writing far removed from his past, but through the immediacy of his narrative, the harshness and the heartbreak are not lost. A grain of humour carries the reader over the highs and lows, as the author casts his own light on an epoch that could so easily be buried and forgotten.
This Publisher is in Liquidation.
While the publication received highly favourable reviews both in New Zealand and Australia, the small size of the print run and a lack of distribution capacity on the part of the local NZ publisher resulted in very limited sales that were restricted to New Zealand only.
The publisher has since ceased trading and under the terms of the agreement between the author and the publisher, the rights to the manuscript are currently reverting to the author in their entirety.
Although interest in various overseas publication rights was shown by a number of parties, the restrictive terms
put forward by the publisher on each occasion prevented any prospective arrangements from proceeding and as a result the book failed to reach the larger readership it could be expected to achieve on the strength of the reviews received and the interest shown.
With the rights to the manuscript now reverting to the author this frees up the opportunity and prospects for an unrestricted international publishing arrangement for the manuscript, either in its existing form or, alternatively, in a revised edition to be discussed.
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