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Trick (Paperback)

(author), (translator), (illustrator)
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Paperback 192 Pages
Published: 04/04/2024
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FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER LONGLISTED AND WINNER OF THE STREGA PRIZE THE HOUSE ON VIA GEMITO

“Starnone uses languages the way a great painter works with colour, conjuring the illusion of three dimensions from a blank flat surface.”—Jhumpa Lahiri 

“Compelling… One of Italy’s most accomplished novelists.”—The Guardian 

"Trick is a chillingly weird chamber piece - a very tricksy treat.”—The Times 

Trick is a stylish drama about ambition, family, and old age that goes beyond the ordinary and predictable. Imagine a duel between two men. One, Daniele Mallarico, is a successful illustrator who, in the twilight of his years, feels that his reputation and his artistic prowess are fading. The other, Mario, is Daniele’s four-year-old grandson. Daniele has been living in a cold northern city for years, in virtual solitude, focusing obsessively on his work, when his daughter asks if he would come to Naples for a few days and babysit Mario while she and her husband attend a conference. Shut inside his childhood home―an apartment in the centre of Naples that is filled with the ghosts of Mallarico’s past―grandfather and grandson match wits as Daniele heads toward a reckoning with his own ambitions and life choices.

Outside the apartment, pulses Naples, a wily, violent, and passionate city whose influence can never be shaken. 

Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
ISBN: 9781787705494
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"One of Italy's most accomplished novelists spins a wonderful story about an elderly illustrator and his four-year-old grandson." - Tim Parks, The Guardian

"Trick is a chillingly weird chamber piece - a very tricksy treat." - The Times

"Starnone packs a huge amount into a small compass." - The Sunday Times

"Starnone echoes James throughout, with ghoulish hallucinations, and piercing insights into identity and the shifting perceptions of ageing." - BBC Culture

"Superb." - Washington Post

"A sharp observation of two unlikely rivals matching wits and a trenchant analysis of aging, family and art, this deliciously addictive novel is a treat to read." - Book Riot

“Astute and emotionally precise… this remarkably layered work encourages rereading to unearth new and subtle interpretations.” - Publishers Weekly

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