The Twenty Days of Turin

The Twenty Days of Turin

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In the spare wing of a church-run sanatorium, some zealous youths create "the Library," a space where lonely citizens can read one another's personal diaries and connect with like-minded souls in "dialogues across the ether." But when their scribblings devolve into the ugliest confessions of the macabre, the Library's users learn too late that a malicious force has consumed their privacy and their sanity. As the city of Turin suffers a twenty-day "phenomenon of collective psychosis" culminating in nightly massacres that hundreds of witnesses cannot explain, the Library is shut down and erased from history. That is, until a lonely salaryman decides to investigate these mysterious events, which the citizenry of Turin fear to mention. Inevitably drawn into the city's occult netherworld, he unearths the stuff of modern nightmares: what's shared can never be unshared.
Publisher: New York :, Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781631492297
Branch Call Number: FIC DEMA
Characteristics: xxiv, 187 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Glazov, Ramon - Translator


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Aug 31, 2017

Definitely deserves more attention. I don't think of this as magic realism so much as dark fantasy. However, I can see how some might be scared away from that classification. Whatever it is, however it's pigeonholed, an excellent short novel.

Jul 20, 2017

The writing was good, but not great. There wasn't the mood I so expected from this book.

Cynthia_N May 03, 2017

I had such high hopes for this translation but I was left a little wanting. It did have its moments and it was weird but overall it did not meet my expectations.


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