The Twenty Days of Turin

The Twenty Days of Turin

A Novel

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Named one of NPR's Best Books of 2017Written during the height of the 1970s Italian domestic terror, a cult novel, with distinct echoes of Lovecraft and Borges, makes its English-language debut.
In the spare wing of a church-run sanatorium, some zealous youths create "the Library," a space where lonely citizens can read one another’s personal diaries and connect with like-minded souls in "dialogues across the ether." But when their scribblings devolve into the ugliest confessions of the macabre, the Library’s users learn too late that a malicious force has consumed their privacy and their sanity. As the city of Turin suffers a twenty-day "phenomenon of collective psychosis" culminating in nightly massacres that hundreds of witnesses cannot explain, the Library is shut down and erased from history. That is, until a lonely salaryman decides to investigate these mysterious events, which the citizenry of Turin fear to mention. Inevitably drawn into the city’s occult netherworld, he unearths the stuff of modern nightmares: what’s shared can never be unshared.An allegory inspired by the grisly neo-fascist campaigns of its day, The Twenty Days of Turin has enjoyed a fervent cult following in Italy for forty years. Now, in a fretful new age of "lone-wolf" terrorism fueled by social media, we can find uncanny resonances in Giorgio De Maria’s vision of mass fear: a mute, palpitating dread that seeps into every moment of daily existence. With its stunning anticipation of the Internet—and the apocalyptic repercussions of oversharing—this bleak, prescient story is more disturbingly pertinent than ever.Brilliantly translated into English for the first time by Ramon Glazov, The Twenty Days of Turin establishes De Maria’s place among the literary ranks of Italo Calvino and beside classic horror masters such as Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft. Hauntingly imaginative, with visceral prose that chills to the marrow, the novel is an eerily clairvoyant magnum opus, long overdue but ever timely.

Baker & Taylor
An investigator navigates a netherworld of occultists as he tries to connect unexplained events to an underground library of the past, where lonely citizens had met to read one another's dairies—an endeavor that had led to nighttime massacres and the Library's erasure from history.

& Taylor

An investigator tries to connect unexplained events to an underground library of the past, where lonely citizens had met to read one another's dairies, an endeavor that had led to nighttime massacres and the library's erasure from history.

Publisher: New York :, Liveright Publishing Corporation,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781631492297
Branch Call Number: FIC DEM
Characteristics: xxiv, 187 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Glazov, Ramon - Translator


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Aug 31, 2017

Definitely deserves more attention. I don't think of this as magic realism so much as dark fantasy. However, I can see how some might be scared away from that classification. Whatever it is, however it's pigeonholed, an excellent short novel.

Jul 20, 2017

The writing was good, but not great. There wasn't the mood I so expected from this book.

Cynthia_N May 03, 2017

I had such high hopes for this translation but I was left a little wanting. It did have its moments and it was weird but overall it did not meet my expectations.

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