Winner of the 2011 European Union Prize for Literature
Upon returning from his father’s funeral, the narrator holds his son in his arms and discovers a weathered notebook from the Second World War that belong to his father. As he reads each page, a portrait of a man unfolds, one he didn’t know until these handwritten pages appeared.
Immanuel Mifsud tells a moving story of pain, warfare, and the things that connect us. As the narrator explores this diary, he begins to recognise the man behind it, the one whose death could release the truth of his life.
Immanuel Mifsud was born in Malta in 1967, the youngest in a working class family of eight children. His 2002 short story collection L-Istejjer Strambi ta’ Sara Sue Sammut (Sara Sue Sammut’s Strange Stories) won the Malta National Literary award. Mifsud is a lecturer at the University of Malta, where he teaches Maltese poetry & theatre.