A literary chronicle narrating one of the most vicious crimes in recent Roman history
This documentary thriller is psychogeography at its most perceptive, an insightful socio-economic analysis of Italy and an attempt to understand what human beings are capable of doing to each other and to themselves. * Anna Aslanyan, Financial Times * "Literature at its best literature that breathes life into the facts of reality." * Domenico Starnone, author of Ties and Trick * "An absorbing study of the banality of evil." * Kirkus Reviews * Make no mistake: this is a novel of modern Rome in all its beauty and flaws, and having its roots in true life makes it even more powerful. I was both transformed and appalled. * Maxim Jakubowski, Crime Time * Outlining the decay of the human psyche with a historic city in the background, The City Of The Living builds to a climactic moment. * Buzz Magazine * I dont think its possible to praise this book enough. * CrimeReads * A chilling account of a true crime. it reads like a gripping novel, to the point where youll need to remind yourself that this is a real story. For those who enjoy true crime, crime fiction, or want to learn more about Romes seedier side, The City of the Living will undoubtedly capture your attention. * West Words Reviews * "Reading some books can be an experience as extreme as the story they tell... This is the case with Nicola Lagioias The City of the Living." * La Repubblica * "A magnificent panorama of Rome, dark and rotting." * Domani *
One of Italy's most critically acclaimed contemporary novelists, Nicola Lagioia has been the recipient of the Volponi, Straniero, and Viareggio awards. In 2015, he won the Strega Prize for Ferocity. He has been a jury member of the Venice Film Festival and is the program director of the Turin Book Fair. Ann Goldstein has translated into English all of Elena Ferrantes books, including The Story of the Lost Child, which was also shortlisted for the Booker International Prize. She has been honoured with a Guggenheim Fellowship and is the recipient of the PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Award. She lives in New York.