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Novelist Eugene Mirabelli and publisher Bruce McPherson

Acclaimed novelist Eugene Mirabelli has published nearly a dozen novels and he is also an emeritus professor of English at UAlbany. He published his first novel, The Burning Air, with Houghton Mifflin in 1959 and his recent titles include Renato, The Painter; Renato After Alba; and this new three-book compilation, Renato!, published in October by McPherson & Company.

Mirabelli’s publisher Bruce McPherson is the founder of McPherson & Company, an independent literary and arts publishing house based in Kingston, New York. The press specializes in contemporary fiction; republishing lost classics; non-fiction books on contemporary art and film; and translations of distinguished international authors. McPherson published Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon, the 2010 National Book Award winner for fiction.

More information | Eugene Mirabelli's arts-and-politics blog |

Praise for Eugene Mirabelli's works

"Rivaling grand opera for passion and plot, Renato! is sure to delight readers who appreciate captivating storytelling."--Booklist, American Library Assn.

Mirabelli has reinvented the peculiarly Italian, extravagantly melodramatic and often comic vision—the opera—in the novel form.… He is a master of montage, sudden narrative breaks, interwoven plots and themes.…This truly is a wise and comforting book, funny and sad, wonderfully intelligent…” — from the Renato! introduction by Douglas Glover

Renato! is “a bittersweet, beautiful story that…merits wide attention…[and] speaks wisely to life’s truths.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“Age bends and fate twists this artist, but he carries on with his ‘perishable art and human love’—the defatigable artist as his own work of art.” — William Kennedy

“This generous, sprawling, fleshy novel of a life lived among lovers, friends, olives, wine, bread, and prosciutto, is a fresco of Sicilian-American-New England life… an American story that shows just how a first generation of immigrants branch from village craftsmen to engineers and artists.” -- Andrei Codrescu


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