At the End of a Dull Day Paperback – 1 May 2013
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'In choosing this as her standout book of 2013, Marina Sofia found this, Darker than dark, with fiercely black humour and a callous attitude towards its high body count."... you are going to be surprised by the verve and sheer exuberance of this Tarantino-like plot.' --Crime Fiction Lover
About the Author
One of Italy's most popular authors and a major exponent of the Mediterranean Noir novel, Carlotto has been compared with many of the most important American hardboiled crime writers. His novels have been translated into many languages, enjoying enormous success outside of Italy, and several have been made into highly acclaimed films.
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This is Italian hardboiled noir at its best, from the punchy dialogue, the great cast of characters and the simpering attentions of the spineless women who hang on Pellegrini's every word or his rationed bouts of Giorgio-love. As one of his unfortunate women comments, "the only way to love you is to abandon yourself and plunge down into the abyss that you dig for every woman that lets you get near her." He demeans and controls his wife, and amazingly she lets him, and embarks on an affair with his wife's best friend, who is even more keen it would appear to be treated like dirt. And as for the only woman brave enough to try and cross him? It doesn't end well. But this all adds to the gritty masculinity of the book which I think is the key to the success of Carlotto and others in this genre, and what I enjoy about these books. The bad guys are utterly bad, but totally compelling, and as much as you sit in judgement of them as a reader, there is a strangely alluring glamour to characters like Pellegrini that sucks you in, chews you up, and spits you out the other end. A slim but totally satisfying read.
While often a depressing commentary on the bottomless political and social hell that author Massimo Carlotto ascribes to contemporary Italy, the plot of this novel is unusually clever and frequently witty enough to keep the reader from total disgust. By book's end, it's difficult not to develop some level of admiration for Pellegrino and his determination to survive and prosper in what is very much a savage and violent political jungle.
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