I'm Not Scared

Paperback | February 2, 2004

byNiccolo Ammaniti

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During the hottest summer on record, the children of a small Italian hamletplay in the surrounding fields. While completing a dare set by the others, oneof the boys, Michele Amitrano, discovers something so shocking that he feelsforced to keep it a secret from his friends.

Michele is repulsed by what he has discovered and yet is unable to resistunearthing more. But what upsets him most, is finding out to what extent theadults know.

A terrifying situation is revealed through the eyes of this nine year old,with a mixture of his burgeoning understanding of morality, his imagination andhis naivety about the adult world.

The heat and the isolation of the setting create an stiflingatmosphere that mirrors the boy’s fear and adult’s increasing desperation.

Absolutely gripping, this powerful and beautifully writtenstory is reminiscent of Stephan King’s Stand By Me, and Harper Lee’sTo Kill a Mockingbird.

Niccolò Ammaniti was born in Rome in 1966. This is his third novel and hehas also published a collection of stories. His books have been translated intoover half a dozen languages. At thirty-four, he was the youngest ever winner ofthe prestigious Viareggio-Repaci prize.

I’m Not Scared has been a phenomenal success in Italy, where it soldover 300,000 copies and topped the best seller lists for almost a year.

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During the hottest summer on record, the children of a small Italian hamletplay in the surrounding fields. While completing a dare set by the others, oneof the boys, Michele Amitrano, discovers something so shocking that he feelsforced to keep it a secret from his friends.Michele is repulsed by what he has discovered and yet is unable ...

Niccolò Ammaniti was born in Rome in 1966. I’m Not Scared is his third novel and he has also published a collection of stories.His books have been translated into over half a dozen languages.At thirty-four, he was the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Viareggio-Repaci prize.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.5 inPublished:February 2, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006392520

ISBN - 13:9780006392521

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leaves You Speechless I saw the movie based on this book a few years ago and loved it. And then just a couple of weeks ago read Niccolo Ammaniti’s book “The Crossroads"...which I devoured and adored. Then, by some crazy coincidence, while I was in my rented apartment in Italy on vacation...there I come across the English version book of “I’m Not Scared” sitting on the book shelf. Okay, I know I’m on vacation, but couldn’t resist taking that book to bed with me...and finishing it in one night. An amazing book to read. Depressing. Dark. Deep. Thought provoking. You can’t help but feel the desolation in the character’s lives, can’t help but understand what pushes them to do the things they do to strive for a better life. Ammaniti is able to bring the emotions of all his characters to life, whether these characters are adults or children. I’m hoping more of this author’s work is translated or I may have to learn to read Italian.
Date published: 2009-10-09