I'm Not Scared
Publication Date: March 9, 2004
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“Stop all this talk about monsters, Michele. Monsters don’t exist. It’s men you should be afraid of, not monsters.”
A sweltering heat wave hits a tiny village in Southern Italy, sending the adults to seek shelter, while their children bicycle freely throughout the countryside, playing games and getting into trouble. On a dare, nine-year-old Michele Amitrano enters an old, abandoned farmhouse, where he stumbles upon a secret so terrible that he can’t tell anybody. As the truth emerges, Michele learns that the horror in the creepy old house is closer to home than he ever imagined.
A widely acclaimed international bestseller, I’m Not Scared is a spine-tingling novel that combines a coming of age narrative with a satisfying, enthralling story of suspense.
Niccolo Ammaniti was born in Rome in 1966. This is his third novel and he has also published a collection of stories. At thirty-four, he was the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Viareggio-Repaci prize for I’m Not Scared which has already been sold into twenty languages.
“A suspense story as gripping as any Hitchcock classic.” —The Washington Post
“Niccolò Ammaniti is talented, and his descriptions of the sun-baked Italian earth give off a heat that singes the reader’s fingertips. . . . Enjoy this book right down to its bittersweet Faulknerian ending.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Ammaniti [has an] almost cinematic ability to conjure detail . . . utterly convincing.” —The New Yorker
“This book is breathless, and surprising, to the last word.” —The Baltimore Sun