Domenico Starnone, translated by Jhumpa Lahiri

Paperback (Trade paperback US) | Mar 2018 | Europa Editions | 9781609454449 | 176pp | 210x134mm | Forthcoming | 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.