Giulio Einaudi Editore

Troppe responsabilità gravano sulle giovani spalle di Purity Tyler, per tutti Pip: un debito universitario di centotrentamila dollari che il suo pessimo lavoro da promotrice telefonica non potrà mai ripagare, una madre lunatica, ipocondriaca e del tutto priva di senso pratico, e nessun padre con cui condividere i due carichi. L'incontro fortuito con una bellissima e indecifrabile attivista tedesca nella casa di Oakland che Pip occupa con altri squatter le offre un'inattesa possibilità di fuggire da tutto questo: uno stage (retribuito!) presso la sede sudamericana del Sunlight Project, l'organizzazione clandestina che divulga via rete notizie riservate sui traffici di mezzo mondo. Accettando, Purity potrà contribuire alla pulizia del pianeta gettando luce sui misteri dei potenti, e allo stesso tempo, perché no, carpire informazioni sull'identità di suo padre, che la madre si rifiuta da sempre di rivelare, per indurlo a metter mano al portafogli. E poi potrà conoscere il mitico Andreas Wolf, ispiratore e leader carismatico del Progetto. Wolf è finito sotto i riflettori durante l'attacco a Normannenstraße del 1990, che ha scoperchiato gli altarini della Stasi e di un intero sistema, e da quel momento la sua ascesa verso l'Olimpo dei leaker piú scomodi è stata inarrestabile. A differenza del collega e rivale Julian Assange, Wolf vorrebbe fare della purezza il suo marchio di fabbrica («Wiki era sporca: c'è gente che è morta a causa di Wiki»); come lui, tuttavia, esprime il rapporto instabile e complicato che lega potere e segreti. Oscuri e nefasti sono quelli che si nascondono nel passato di Andreas, in una Ddr pre-caduta del Muro; oscura e ambigua è la sua tensione verso la nuova arrivata Pip. Il contatto con il leader segnerà per lei l'inizio di un viaggio di formazione alla scoperta di suo padre e di sua madre, della stoffa morale di cui sono fatti quelli che ama, del lato oscuro dietro a ogni luce. L'autore di Le correzioni e Libertà dilata il tempo e lo spazio della sua narrazione - la Germania Est degli anni Ottanta, Philadelphia, Oakland, Denver, la Bolivia di oggi -, espande la galleria dei personaggi e moltiplica i protagonisti, diversifica le insidie con cui si devono misurare - dalla potenziale distruttività del ruolo genitoriale alla schiavitú dell'immagine, dalla corruttibilità delle idee forti alla guerra fra i sessi -, e restituisce una grande opera di inedita ambizione e irresistibile pathos.
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Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world--including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn't understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong.

Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of The Corrections and Freedom has imagined a world of vividly original characters--Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers--and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Purity is the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time.

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