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As God Commands

Ammaniti, Niccolò (Book - 2009)
As God Commands
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From the internationally best-selling author of I'm Not Scared comes a dizzying and compulsively readable novel set in a moribund town in industrial Italy, where a father and son contend with a hostile world and their own inner demons. The economically depressed village of Varrano, where Cristiano Zena lives with his hard-drinking, out-of-work father, Rino, is a world away from the picturesque towns of travel-brochure Italy. When Rino and his rough-edged cronies Danilo and Quattro Formaggi come up with a plan to reverse all their fortunes, Cristiano wonders if maybe their lives are poised for deliverance after all. But the plan goes horribly awry. On a night of apocalyptic weather, each character will act in a way that will have irreversible consequences for themselves and others, and Cristiano will find his life changed forever, and not in the way he had hoped. Gritty and relentless, As God Commands moves at breakneck speed, blending brutal violence, dark humor, and surprising tenderness. With clear-eyed affection, Niccolò Ammaniti introduces a cast of unforgettable characters trapped at the crossroads of hope and despair.
Authors: Ammaniti, Niccolò, 1966-
Uniform Title: Come dio comanda. English
Title: As God commands
Publisher: New York : Black Cat, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 406 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Niccolò Ammaniti ; translated from the Italian by Jonathan Hunt
Notes: Includes a Grove Press Reading Group Guide, prepared by Lindsey Tate
"First published in Italy in 2006 as Come dio comanda by Mondadori Editor s.p.a."--T.p. verso
Awards & Distinctions: Winner of the Strega Prize
Additional Contributors: Hunt, Jonathan 1951-, Translator
ISBN: 0802170676
9780802170675
Branch Call Number: FICTION AMMANITI 2009
Subject Headings: Italy Fiction Friendship Italy Fiction Bank robberies Italy Fiction Fathers and sons Italy Fiction
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction
Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Friendship
Bank robberies
Fathers and sons
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Known for his smash hit 'I'm Not Scared,' Ammaniti's talent shines again in this novel that is a seamless mix of comedy, crime, family, and the skewed perception of working-class Italians. Not for Mayes-Reichl lovers.


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