From the author of the critically acclaimed best seller and Miramax indie hit film I’m Not Scared, a charming, tragicomic tale of a philandering forty-something Don Juan who returns to his small Italian village and how he dramatically changes the life of an unpopular, fragile young village boy
I'll Steal You Away
978-1-84195-945-0 • $14.00 • Paperback • May 2007
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 hit indie film. Il Giornale called him “the best novelist of his generation” and The Times (London) wrote, “The new Italian word for talent is Ammaniti.” In 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. 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 debut.
In a tiny Italian village, separated from the rest of the world by a highway and a swamp, a young boy named Pietro is growing up tormented by bullies and ignored by his parents, with only his best friend, Gloria (the prettiest and richest girl for miles), for comfort. 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 someone else to take care of her sick mother for a few hours so she can go out with the town’s prodigal son, and the inept janitor at the school proclaims his love for his favorite prostitute.
But the village of Ischiano Scalo isn’t ready for such change, and when Graziano seduces and forgets Flora, both she and Pietro’s tentative hopes seem crushed forever. As Pietro’s dreams come crashing down upon his head, he realizes that only in leaving the town of his birth can he become the man he wants to be. With great tenderness Niccolò Ammaniti shines light on the broken hearts and heart-wrenching failures of ordinary people trying to live extraordinary lives. Through the eyes of a desperate boy and a self-aggrandizing smalltown lothario, he shows how two very different people each come to realize that redemption must come from within.