Don't Move by Margaret Mazzantini - review by Sam Leith

Sam Leith

What The Doctor Did

Don't Move

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'WOMEN', WROTE GERMAINEG Greer in The Female Eunuch, 'have very little idea of how much men hate them - men do not themselves know the depth of their hatred.' Margaret Mazzantini, the Italian author of this captivating, utterly horrific novel, appears to be an exception. I cannot remember having read a story delivered in the first person since Lolita whose narrator is at once so monstrous and so opaque to himself.

Timoteo is the highly respected senior surgeon at a large hospital. He is on duty when, into the emergency department, there comes a patient he recognises. His fifteen-year-old daughter, Angela, has been knocked off her scooter, and has sustained life-threatening injuries. He waits as a colleague operates to try to

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