Trick by Domenico StarnoneTrick by Domenico Starnone


byDomenico StarnoneTranslated byJhumpa Lahiri

Paperback | March 6, 2018

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Shortlisted for the 2018 National Book AwardsSharp, succinct storytelling and breathtaking prose combine in this new novel by the author of Ties, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a Kirkus Reviews and Sunday Times Best Book of the Year. Trick is a stylish drama about ambition, family, and old-age that goes beyond the ordinary and predictable. Imagine a duel between two men. One, Daniele Mallarico, is a successful illustrator who, in the twilight of his years, feels that his reputation and his artistic prowess are fading. The other, Mario, is Daniele's four-year-old grandson. Daniele has been living in a cold northern city for years, in virtual solitude, focusing obsessively on his work, when his daughter asks if he would come toNaples for a few days and babysit Mario while she and her husband attend a conference. Shut inside his childhood home - an apartment in the center of Naples that is filled with the ghosts of Mallarico's past - grandfather and grandson match wits as Daniele heads toward a reckoning with his own ambitions and life choices.Outside the apartment, pulses Naples, a wily, violent, and passionate city whose influence can never be shaken. Trick is a gripping, brilliantly devised drama, an extremely playful literary composition," as Jhumpa Lahiri describes it in her introduction, by the Strega Prize-winning novelist whom many coinsider to be one of Italy's greatest living writers."
Domenico Starnone was born in Naples and lives in Rome. He is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including First Execution (Europa, 2009), Via Gemito, winner of Italy's most prestigious literary prize, the Strega, and Ties (Europa, 2016), a New York Times Editors pick. Jhumpa Lahiri is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of T...
Title:TrickFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.58 inPublished:March 6, 2018Publisher:Europa EditionsLanguage:English

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Praise for Trick The real meat of this story is an old man's breakfasts and bath times with a wired-up four-year-old, his wrestling for the remote, desperately trying to find some space for himself and his work. Starnone, one of Italy's most accomplished novelists, knows the territory and delivers it wonderfully." - Tim Parks, The Guardian "Domenico Starnone has written an emotionally complex, layered story whose brevity serves to amplify profound themes of self-identity, marriage, aging, death and the daunting sacrifices of the creative life." - Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)"A superb, sometimes unsettling intergenerational portrait hitting on basic truths." - Library Journal (Starred Review)"[A] new book from Starnone isan event to celebrate." - Kirkus (Starred Review)"A maestro translated by a maestra. What more could anyone want?" - Jeffrey Eugenides"I inhaled Trick, ran to Prairie Lights to get Ties, and inhaled that one too. Trick is fantastic - savage and funny and profound. A little masterpiece." - Garth Greenwell"Astute and emotionally precise [... ] This remarkably layered work encourages rereading to unearth subtle and new interpretations." - Publishers Weekly "[P]oignant and achingly observed... " - Entertainment Weekly "A sharp observation of two unlikely rivals matching wits and a trenchant analysis of aging, family and art, this deliciously addictive novel is a treat to read." - BookRiot "Domenico Starnone's new novel Trick has all the coherence and intensity of a classic two-hand play. [... ] Narrated in the grandfather's beleaguered, fractious voice, the book seems to unfold right before you - the voice so lucid and urgent all the emotional torque of what surges beneath the old man's interactions with his grandson - family secrets, a feeling of mortality buffeting up - assault the present, like they do when you're no longer young." - John Freeman, Literary Hub "[E]ngrossing [... ] Starnone packs a huge amount into a small compass... " - The Sunday Times (UK) "Family ties and family dramas are at the core of this story, but both are written about with such stylistic elegance that readers will be astonished. Once again, Starnone gets it just right. Trick is a must-read!" - Huffington Post (Italy)"Starnone expertly plucks some of the short story's essence, twisting and molding his own work into a marvel of metafiction that feels fresh and surprising." - The Washington Post "In Trick, the sophisticated pleasures of meta-fiction live happily together with the elementary pleasures of a story well told, one full of suspense and surprise." - Internazionale Praise for Domenico Starnone's Ties " Ties is... the leanest, most understated and emotionally powerful novel by Domenico Starnone." - Rachel Donadio, The New York Times " Ties is puzzle-like, architectural, a novel ingeniously constructed." - The New Yorker " Ties is a masterful study of passing time." - National Post (Canada) "[ Ties ] is as vivid and devastating as anything you will read this year. A slim, stunning meditation on marriage, fidelity, honesty, and truth." - Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) "Scalding and incisive." - Library Journal (Starred Review) "An expertly crafted short novel that is charmingly intimate, disarmingly chatty and laced with some walloping surprises." - Shelf Awareness "Ingeniously constructed." - Financial Times "Absolutely gripping from start to finish... a really stunning book." - Victoria Hislop, author of Cartes Postales from Greece "Each detail resonates, from the name of the family cat to the idiosyncratic way in which Aldo ties his shoes to his cherished Polaroids. Distinguished by its distinctive characters and clarity of tone, Ties is a gem." - Jane Ciabattari, BBC "A complex and devastating dissection of a relationship, superbly teased apart and considered from all possible viewpoints." - The Times "A tight tale of domestic carnage." - The Times Literary Supplement "The story glints and cuts like smashed crystal." - Anthony Cummins, The Guardian "A fine piece of story-telling... there is a feel of legerdemain to it - capturing and conveying a great deal in a relatively small space." - M.A. Orthofer, The Complete Review "Brief, brilliant and unnerving." - Margot Livesey, author of Mercury "A cleverly crafted psychological thriller, this slim, intimate novel deftly undoes contemporary gender constructions as well as timeless notions of truth, fidelity, and sacrifice." - Jennifer Tseng, author of Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness "A superlative novel, Ties offers an x-ray image both of love that is love in name only and of destruction, specifically a home torn apart by something that at first seems to be a tornado but turns out to be Starnone's brilliant writing." - Il Giornale " Ties is a masterfully crafted synthesis of Starnone's storytelling technique and prose style." - Christian Raimo, Internazionale " Ties is not simply a novel about a couple in crisis, but a work of literature where staged scenes featuring one's unrealized self are propped up by the indestructible scaffolding of marriage." - Daniela Brogi, Le Parole e le Cose "