Trick
Domenico Starnone, translated by Jhumpa Lahiri


Paperback (Trade paperback US) | Mar 2018 | Europa Editions | 9781609454449 | 176pp | 210x134mm | Stocked item (plenty) | GEN | AUD$24.99, NZD$29.99


Imagine a duel between an elderly man and a mere boy. The same blood runs through their veins. One, Daniele Mallarico, is a successful illustrator whose reputation is slowly fading. The other, Mario, is his four-year-old grandson. The older combatant has lived for years in solitude, focusing obsessively on his work. The younger one has been left by his querulous parents with his grandfather for a 72-hour stay. Shut inside an apartment in Naples that is filled with the ghosts of Mallarico’s own childhood, grandfather and grandson match wits, while outside lurks Naples, a wily, violent, and passionate city whose influence is not easily shaken.


“Lahiri’s translation preserves the poignancy and humor of the first-person narration, which balances compassion and repressed irritation.” Publishers Weekly 

“I think Domenico is the finest Italian living writer.”Jhumpa Lahiri in Entertainment Weekly 

“Engrossing”The Sunday Times

“A stark meditation on art, ambition and failure.”BBC 

“TRICK has all the coherence and intensity of a classic two-hand play... [T]he book seems to unfold right before you—the voice so lucid and urgent...”Literary Hub

“Deceptively simple, the novel is also witty to the point of hilarity (see Mario’s argument with his grandpa about cartoons) and achingly moving.” Kirkus, starred review

“Trick is fantastic—savage and funny and weirdly profound. A little masterpiece.” —Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You