The Twenty Days of Turin

The Twenty Days of Turin

( Italian - Le 20 giornate di Torino - 1977 )

novel by Giorgio De Maria

translated by Ramon Glazov

Published: Liveright - hardback - 2017
ISBN: 1631492292 / 9781631492297

Liveright - e-book - 2017
eISBN: 1631492306 / 9781631492303

In the spare wing of a church-run sanatorium, some zealous youths create "the Library," a space where lonely citizens can read one another’s personal diaries and connect with like-minded souls in "dialogues across the ether." But when their scribblings devolve into the ugliest confessions of the macabre, the Library’s users learn too late that a malicious force has consumed their privacy and their sanity. As the city of Turin suffers a twenty-day "phenomenon of collective psychosis" culminating in nightly massacres that hundreds of witnesses cannot explain, the Library is shut down and erased from history. That is, until a lonely salaryman decides to investigate these mysterious events, which the citizenry of Turin fear to mention. Inevitably drawn into the city’s occult netherworld, he unearths the stuff of modern nightmares: what’s shared can never be unshared.


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