Description - Timeskipper by Stefano Benni
One late-winter morning as he is 'hop-hiking' downhill toward his character-building destination, a vomit-yellow cube surrounded by a garden of barbarously unkempt weeds known as the Bisacconi elementary school, Stefano Benni's young hero encounters a peculiar man - as big as a mountain and as filthy as a garbage dump, with a vast beard the color of a dung-heap, dressed from head to foot in layers and rags, and in the company of a swarm of buzzing flies. A god, perhaps? A pagan divinity? Who can tell! After a brief tete-a-tete, this earthy apparition endows the young boy with a rare gift- an internal 'duoclock' that allows him to see into the future and at the same time exist in the present with an uncommon fullness. Meet Timeskipper. Timeskipper sees and foresee the epochal events of his era, from postwar reconstruction to the birth of television - from the golden age of rock'n'roll to the revolutionary sixties and the turbulent seventies. These events are tenderly offset by his own private experiences- his first love, his first job, leaving home, hilariously wild adventures with oddball acquaintances. A moving and inventive satiric tale in which imagination defies corruption and conformity, in which the innocence of yesteryear comes face-to-face with the moral aridity of today's money-obsessed society, Timeskipper is one of Stefano Benni's most touching and enduring creations. Colored by Benni's trademark linguistic inventiveness and irresistible humor, this is a coming-of-age story with a difference. Advance Praise for Timeskipper 'Timeskipper does precisely what it sets out to do . . . and Benni, as if there were need to, once again asserts his position as one of our most original writers.' L'espresso Magazine Praise for Margherita Dolce Vita 'Just the thing to wake you from wintry hibernation, this book is a firecracker. The world of Margherita Dolce Vita jumps from the page into three-dimensional life, fizzing with wit and wisdom.' The Sunday Telegraph 'In his Italian best seller Margherita Dolce Vita, Mr. Benni takes advantage of the child's given naivete and sensationalism, to create a world of magical realism.' The Sun (New York) 'The adorable, chubby, brainy young Margherita, has a moral that's a hilarious bit of social commentary.' People 'This is the first of the prolific Italian author's novels to be published in English - a cause for celebration.' Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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Format: Paperback / softback
(210mm x 135mm x mm)
Publisher: Europa Editions
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Author Biography - Stefano Benni
Stefano Benni is widely considered one of Italy's foremost novelists. His trademark mix of biting social satire and magical realism has turned each of his books into a national bestseller. His many novels include: Bar Sport, The Company of Celestini, The Cafe Beneath the Sea, and now the remarkably successful Margherita Dolce Vita. Benni is also the author of several volumes of essays and poetry and many collections of short stories. He lives in Bologna, Italy.