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Child's Play

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In a sunlit piazza on an April morning, women throw buckets of water over the cobbles and men deliver trays of pastry to trattorie. In a barren room above, a fanatic watches, engaged in the details of his life's most important project: the assassination of one of Italy's most beloved men of letters.

In this penetrating novella, David Malouf, the highly acclaimed Australian
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 27th 1999 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1982)
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Lisa
Apr 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: 20th Century Lit Yahoo Reading Group
Child’s Play, David Malouf’s fourth novel, was first published in 1982, but it’s still in print. Although it is, like many of his other novels, focussed on the themes of ‘male identity and soul-searching’ [1] it is certainly a departure from his other early works because it takes us back to the days of the Bologna Bombing in 1980 and the activities of the Red Brigades. (Malouf lived in Tuscany for part of his early career). It’s a chilling portrait of a terrrorist, planning his attack, somewhere ...more
Henry
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't get enough of Malouf's florid yet clear writing style.
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Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A first-person account of an assassination. Lush, if not speedy. Beautiful, if a little ponderous. It’s a brilliant novella of twisted motives and secret plots that follows the radicalism of 1970s Italy. The victim? A famous writer the assassin greatly admires. There’s wonderful tension and a beautiful eeriness. The voice is fervent but charming as well as convincing.
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David Malouf is the author of ten novels and six volumes of poetry. His novel The Great World was awarded both the prestigious Commonwealth Prize and the Prix Femina Estranger. Remembering Babylon was short-listed for the Booker Prize. He has also received the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
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