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Trick

By Domenico Starnone
Trick by Domenico Starnone digital book - Fable

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A weary man faces the ghosts of his past while caring for his grandson in Naples in this National Book Award finalist novel by the acclaimed author of Ties.
 
In Tricks, Domenico Starnone presents an unusual duel between two formidable minds. One is Daniele Mallarico, a once-successful illustrator who feels his artistic prowess fading. The other is Mario, Daniele’s four-year-old grandson. Daniele is living in virtual solitude in Milan when his daughter asks him to come to Naples to babysit Mario for a few days.
 
Shut inside his childhood home―an apartment in the center of Naples that is filled with memoires of Daniele’s past―grandfather and grandson match wits as Daniele heads toward a reckoning with his own ambitions and life choices. Meanwhile, Naples pulses outside, a wily, passionate city whose influence can never be shaken.
 
As translator Jhumpa Lahiri says in her introduction, Trick is “an extremely playful literary composition” by the Strega Prize–winning novelist whom many consider to be one of Italy’s greatest living writers.

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3.5
“*:・゚185/ 100 This was an absolute surprise! I found this randomly at my local used bookstore for $3. I'm a sucker for Europa editions and this cover and synopsis completely caught my eye. There were two of Domenico Starnone's books there, so I grabbed this one and another of his called Ties. The story follows a grandfather at the end of his art career as he needs to take care of his four-year-old grandson for four days whilst his daughter is away for her work. This was hilarious at times but also shows how cutthroat four-year-old kids can be. I loved hearing about his past and the appendix section was really cool! A stunning read that also deals with getting older and falling back into old habits. A family drama at its core that is written so beautifully. This novella will stick with me for years to come and I'm so happy I came across this!”
“LMFAOO those last few chapters were kinda unserious”

About Domenico Starnone

Domenico Starnone was born in Naples and lives in Rome. He is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including First Execution, Via Gemito, winner of Italy's most prestigious literary prize, the Strega, and Ties, a New York Times Editors pick.

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