The Story of Anna P as Told by Herself

by Penny Busetto

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The Story of Anna P is a sparse disturbing novel reflecting the past, present and future of a woman, Anna P, who lives on an island off the coast of Italy but can no longer remember how she got there. She comes from South Africa but has almost no memories of the place or people there. The only person she has any relationship with is a sex worker whom she pays by the hour. She has abusive encounters with unknown men -and it is not clear whether she occasionally kills these men or not. It is only when she begins to connect emotionally with a young boy in her accidental care that she finds some value in herself, some place which she will not allow to be abused, and her life gradually changes. This meticulously crafted debut asks a number of difficult questions about the nature of memory: Who are we if we lose our memories? What does it mean to have no identity? And if we have no identity, no sense of ourselves, how can we make any ethical choices? The answers may not comfort the reader, but The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself grounds such existential ponderings in a rich imaginative landscape that will linger with the reader long after the last page is read.

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Sub-title: as Told by Herself
Author: Penny Busetto
ISBN: 978-1431410163
Country: South Africa
Publisher: Jacana Publishers
Size (cm): 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.9
Pages: 153pp
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Weight 8.50486 grams
Language: English
Publication Date: 1, March 2014

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Penny Busetto

Penny Busetto is a South African writer known for her 2014 novel The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself. The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself was awarded the 2013 European Union Literary Award as well as the 2014 University of Johannesburg Debut Prize. in 2016 it was nominated for the Etisalat Prize for African Writing. Busetto was born in Durban, South Africa, and grew up in Cape Town. She moved to Italy when she was 17, where she studied and married. She moved back to Cape Town in 1996, where she lives with her son. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in English and psychology, and has stated that the title character of her debut novel, Anna P, is somewhat inspired by Anna O, one of the first people to undergo psychoanalysis.