Anna by Niccolò Ammaniti

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The rising tension is created through short, economic sentences, a narrative detachment from even the most distressing scenes and a quiet menace...This is unbeatable storytelling — an immediate and engaging study of humanity at its best and worst.
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Summer has ended, but the heat will not let up. Ash has covered everything. Weeds and wheat grow around the cars abandoned in the road.

Anna and Astor live in the house behind the fence, surviving in a world stripped of adults. The rooms are piled high with rubbish. Their mother's skeleton lies perfect on the bed.

And every few days, Anna must head out beyond the fence for provisions and medicine. Each time she goes, she may never come back.

A huge bestseller in Italy, Ammaniti's new novel, like Lord of the Flies or The Road, is a book about the survival of the human spirit after the worst has happened.

 

About Niccolò Ammaniti

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Niccolò Ammaniti was born in Rome in 1966. He has written two collections of short stories and six novels, four of which have been translated into English. His second novel, I'll Steal You Away, was long listed for The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. He was the youngest ever winner of the Italian Viareggio Literary Prize for Fiction for his best-selling novel I'm Not Scared, which has been translated into thirty-five languages. As God Commands received the prestigious Premio Strega Prize in 2007, and his novel Me and You was made into a feature film by Bernardo Bertolucci. Kylee Doust [translator] studied Italian literature and linguistics at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She has lived in Italy since 1998.
 
Published August 3, 2017 by Canongate Books. 273 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by John Burnside on Jul 26 2017

In recognising this, and in avoiding the easy narrative tensions offered by moral simplification, Ammaniti sets a new standard in post-apocalyptic fiction, while creating a world that, populated by desperate innocents, proves far more frightening than any stock cannibals-in-monster-trucks scenario.

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Reviewed by Zoë Apostolides on Aug 04 2017

The rising tension is created through short, economic sentences, a narrative detachment from even the most distressing scenes and a quiet menace...This is unbeatable storytelling — an immediate and engaging study of humanity at its best and worst.

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