Caroline Faber and Simon Lenagan in ‘The Hummingbird’
Sandro Veronesi’s award-winning, best-selling novel, The Hummingbird, adapted as a play for BBC Radio 3 which will air on 22 May with Just Voices’ Caroline Faber and Simon Lenagan.
An impressionistic, dreamlike telescoping of a life into 60 minutes, this adaptation by John Retallack weaves together voices, soundscape, music, and the authentic sounds and textures of Italy.
The Hummingbird won the Premio Strega, Italy’s major literary award and is a No.1 international bestseller. Marco Carrera, is ‘the hummingbird’ who stands still in the face of an ever-changing world. As he navigates the challenges of life – confronting the death of his sister; taking care of his elderly parents; raising his granddaughter when her mother can no longer be there for her; and coming to terms with his love for Luisa. It is a romance of a different kind, and the story portrays a hero who can give more easily than he can take it. A sportsman and gambler, Marco is above all a truly gentle man – right up to the last hour of his life when he brings together those he loves to bid farewell.
The Hummingbird is produced by The Story of Books for BBC Radio 3