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You, Bleeding Childhood

You, Bleeding Childhood

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Publication Date: August 8th, 2023
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New Yorker, "The Best Books of 2023"

Italy's great chronicler of the macabre and of growing up geeky.

Long before the latest vogue for autofiction, Michele Mari, one of Italy's most beloved authors, cast his mind back to the days of his own childhood, and found it crawling with monsters.
Raised on comic books and science fiction, the young Mari constructed an alternate universe for himself untouched by uncomprehending grownups or sadistic peers. Compared to the horrors of real life, Long John Silver and Cthulhu made for positively cuddly company; but little boys raised by beasts may well grow up beastly--or never grow up at all. Waking or sleeping, the obsessions of Mari's youth seem to haunt his every adult thought. You, Bleeding Childhood stands as his first attempt to catalog this cabinet of wonders.
Cult classics since their first publication, these loosely connected stories stand as the ideal introduction to a fantasist on a par with Kafka, Poe, and Borges.

About the Author

Michele Mari is one of Italy's most renowned novelists, poets, and translators. He teaches Italian literature at the Università degli Studi di Milano, and his translations from English include novels by John Steinbeck, H. G. Wells, Jack London, and George Orwell. Brian Robert Moore is a literary translator whose published and forthcoming translations from the Italian include novels by Goliarda Sapienza and Lalla Romano. His translation of the novel Verdigris by Michele Mari is forthcoming from And Other Stories.