Im Not Scared by Niccolò AmmanitiIn this immensely powerful, lyrical and skillfully narrated novel, set in southern Italy, nine year-old Michele discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he daren’t tell anyone about it. Read an exclusive excerpt at BookBrowse today.
The hottest summer of the twentieth century. A tiny community of five houses in the middle of wheat fields. While the adults shelter indoors, six children venture out on their bikes across the scorched, deserted countryside.
In the midst of that sea of golden wheat, nine year-old Michele Amitrano discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he daren’t tell anyone about it. To come to terms with it he will have to draw strength from his own imagination and sense of humanity. The reader witnesses a dual story: the one that is seen through Micheles eyes, and the tragedy involving the adults of this isolated hamlet. The result is an immensely powerful, lyrical and skillfully narrated novel, its atmosphere reminiscent of Tom Sawyer, Stephen Kings Stand By Me and Italo Calvinos Italian Fairy Tales.
This is Ammanitis third book, but his first to be published in the USA.
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In , director Gabriele Salvatores adapted the novel into a film of the same name. In , in a small Italian village fictitiously named Acqua Traverse, a 9-year-old uncovers that the inhabitants of the village have kidnapped the son of a wealthy family to ask for a ransom. The book has sold more than , copies since its publication in ,  and has been translated in twenty languages. The Guardian described the experience of reading I'm Not Scared as "closer to that of such Italian neo-realist masterpieces as De Sica 's Bicycle Thieves as they appear to us now, imbued with a lyrical but utterly unsentimental nostalgia for lost innocence". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 15 August A stunning interpretation of the book by the same name".
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The story is set during Italy's " Years of Lead ", a time in the s riddled with terrorism and kidnapping, and tells the story of a nine-year-old boy who discovers a terrible crime committed by the entire population of his southern Italian town. The action of the film takes place in , in a fictional town called Acqua Traverse in Southern Italy , during the hottest summer of the century and the infamous Years of Lead. A nine-year-old boy named Michele Amitrano and a group of his friends set out on a race across scorched wheat fields to a deserted farmhouse. Michele's sister tags along but falls over, breaking her glasses, and she calls out to Michele, who runs back to her. Michele quickly calms her worries about the glasses, and they continue running. They are the last of the group to arrive at the farmhouse, which means that she and Michele must pay a forfeit. However, the leader of the group, Skull, chooses the only girl in the group apart from Michele's sister to pay up instead.
, English, Book edition: I'm not scared / Niccolò Ammaniti ; translated by Translated from the Italian as: Io non ho paura, which was first published by.
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His novel, Game Theory , is published by John Murray. Literature and literary criticism , Fiction. As the novel opens, the children are racing up a hill through a field of wheat. Maria falls and twists her ankle; Michele hesitates, but goes back to help her. The brother and sister are the last to reach the summit, where they find that the others have impaled a live chicken, stolen from a farm earlier in the day, as a flag of conquest.
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