I'll Steal You Away by Niccolo Ammaniti

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Italian literary superstar Niccolò Ammaniti’s debut novel, I’m Not Scared, prompted gushing praise, hit international best-seller lists, and was made into a smash indie film. With his highly anticipated follow-up, Ammaniti takes his unparalleled empathy for children, his scythe-sharp observations, and his knack for building tension to a whole new level. In a tiny Italian village, a young boy named Pietro is growing up tormented by bullies and ignored by his parents. When an aging playboy, Graziano Biglia, returns to town, a change is in the air: Pietro decides to take on the bullies, his lonely teacher Flora finds romance with the town’s prodigal son, and the inept janitor at the school proclaims his love for his favorite prostitute. But the village isn’t ready for such change, and when Graziano seduces and forgets Flora, both she and Pietro’s tentative hopes seem crushed forever. With great tenderness, Ammaniti shines light on the heart-wrenching failures and quiet redemptions of ordinary people trying to live extraordinary lives. I’ll Steal You Away is a fresh and classic story of a boy learning to be a man that delivers on the promise of Ammaniti’s acclaimed debut.
 

About Niccolo 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 December 1, 2007 by Canongate U.S.. 416 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Yet Ammaniti is more than a red-hot storyteller: his delineation of Pietro’s agonized adolescence and Graziano’s ridiculous, moving midlife crisis, his cinematic descriptions of village atmosphere and custom, the way he portrays Italy’s fabled old loveliness with its desperate embrace of American...

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Pietro’s elder brother Domenico, “known to all as Mimmo,” for instance, seems to exist simply so that Ammaniti can describe him as “the only metalhead shepherd in Ischiano Scalo.” The deputy headmistress of Pietro’s school brings little but dictatorial cliché to the story, but Ammaniti cannot res...

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Entertainment Weekly

Due to the critical success of Niccoló Ammaniti's 2001 novel, I'm Not Scared — as well as the film of the same name — Canongate is issuing this 1999 novel, I'll Steal You Away, a snapshot of small-town Italian life that could be, just as easily, a tale of small-town American life.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Christopher Bray New Yorker 4 of 5 Stars "Ammaniti beautifully evokes the lopsided streets of an Italian backwater and, especially in Pietro’s surprising friendship with the prettiest girl in the village, the shadow life of childhood."

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