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When winter comes, man and dog are snowed in. With stocks of wine and bread depleted, they pass the time squabbling over scraps, debating who will eat the other first. Spring brings a more sinister discovery that threatens to break Adelmo Farandola's already faltering grip on reality: a man's foot poking out of the receding snow.
Paperback, UK edition, 128 pages
Published February 15th 2020 by Peirene Press (first published 2015)
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Paul Fulcher
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
“These village types,” he says, and spits on the ground. He says it in the same way that people from the village say ‘these city types.’

The publication of Dog, Foot, Snow is a doubly exciting event. It is the first in the 2020 'Closed Universe' series of books from Peirene Press, one of my favourite publishers
Peirene Press is an award-winning boutique publishing house, specialising in contemporary European novellas and short novels in English translation. We only publish books of less than 200
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Argos
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitabın arka sayfa tanıtım yazısında şöyle bir cümle var; “masal olamayacak kadar gerçek, gerçek olamayacak kadar büyülü bir roman”. Tam tamına kitabın tanımlaması bu. Alp Dağları’na ait gerçek bir olay çokça kurgu ve basit edebiyat araçlarıyla etkileyici bir romana dönüşmüş. Doğanın büyüklüğünü, yalnızlığın insandaki etkilerini, efsanelerin gerçek olaylardan türetildiğini romanı okuyunca yerlerine oturtacaksınız. Fantastik gerçeklik budur dersem yanlış olmaz. Çok rahat okunan bir kitap, zor ...more
Robert
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
While I was reading Snow, Dog, Foot, I couldn’t help thinking about Michelangelo Frammartino’s Le Quattro Volte, which also features a man and his interactions with nature. Also both take their time to build up to a memorable conclusion.

The book is deceptively simple; hermit Adelmo Farandola lives in the mountains and occasionally visits the closest village in order to buy goods. The problem is that Farandola’s memory is going so he tends to repeat certain actions twice without realising it.

One
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Aslıhan Çelik Tufan
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Gösterişten uzak bir anlatım ve sürprizli bir hikaye.
Beni kitabın arka kapağındaki Dino Buzzati’ nin günümüz temsilcisi olması iddiası çok etkilemişti. Gerçekten de öyle ve hatta daha fazlasını da buldum kendimce.
Özellikle yazarın kitabın sonundaki hikayenin hikayesi yazısı enfes.

Yaratıcılık ve eserlerin ortaya çıkışı bence her seferinde takdire şayandır. Bu kitapta da olduğu gibi küçücük şeyler mesela bazen bir sinek vızıltısı bile sizi büyük ilhamlara sürükleyebilir.

Tavsiyemdir.
Rebecca
Who could resist the title of this Italian bestseller? A black comedy about a hermit in the Italian Alps, it starts off like Robert Seethaler’s A Whole Life and becomes increasingly reminiscent of Olga Tokarczuk’s Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead with its remote setting, hunting theme, and focus on an older character of dubious mental health.

Adelmo Farandola hasn’t washed in years. Why bother since he only sees fellow humans every six months when he descends to the valley to stock up
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Renklikalem
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
yazarin alplerde birkac dakikaligina gordugu bir adamdan yola cikarak kurguladigi bu oyku insanoglunun hem bedenen hem de ruhen doga karsisisindaki acziyetini cok guzel resmetmis diye dusunuyorum. baslangicta heidinin buyukbabasi gibi -tabii ki degil- tatli ve huysuz bir ihtiyar gibi gozuken kahramanimizin hikayesinin arkasinda ne oldugunu, asil psikolojisini ve zaman gectikce evrildigi adami etkileci ama son derece yalin ve gosteristen uzak bir uslupla anlatmayi basarmis yazar.

bu tip
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Anni
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
An old hermit fending for himself in the Italian Alps is cut off from the local community by an avalanche, with only a stray dog for company - and a rival for the scant food available. Man and dog are pitted against against Nature but the odd couple relationship is lightened with gallows humour: which one will end up eating the other? A convincing journey into madness and delusion - both unsettling and deeply affecting.
Valentina Accardi
Nella mente di Adelmo Farandola, un vecchio burbero e solitario che vive in una baita su un pizzo di montagna, non riusciamo più (lui e noi) a distinguere la realtà dall'immaginazione.
Una storia molto bella che, come dice l'autore, prende spunto da un personaggio reale e da una breve vicenda forse trascurabile.
Gribuia Lele
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Racconto allucinato dovuto all overdose di solitudine (abitata) o dei cavi dell'alta tensione.. Libro collegato all'iniziativa di Modus Legendi - Ultimapagina, son contenta di avervi partecipato!
Tom Mooney
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brilliant. By turns funny, absurd, dark, touching and sad. This short, beautifully-translated novel follows Adelmo, an old hermit in the Italian alps, as he spends a bitter winter in his mountain cabin with a stray dog he meets while getting supplies.

Adelmo and the dog - which the old man can hear talking back to him - strike up quite the relationship, constantly baring each other and offering unwanted advice on their life choices. For Adelmo is losing it. His grip on memory, that is. And things
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Tripfiction
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stylish novella set in the ITALIAN ALPS

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Another delightful story from Peirene Press. This novella is set in the Italian Alps and it is a beautiful book to hold and read, produced as always with care and quality.

Adelmo Farandola is a hermit living in the mountains, in a hut, who has given up on his appearance or personal hygiene. He has cut himself off from humanity. One day however, a rather scraggly dog bowls up and it is clear that the dog
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Turrientes
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Habla con los animales como un antiguo guerrero habla con sus enemigos antes del duelo. Cuando apunta contra ellas la vieja escopeta, ajustando cómodamente la mirilla, ellas esperan con los muslos tiritando por la tensión. Les ha prometido un final rápido y casi placentero. Les ha hecho sentir parte de un diseño ineluctable. Ha demostrado con sólidos argumentos lo absurdo de la fuga y las miles de ventajas que tiene rendirse. Ahora llega el momento del duelo.

“Dispara. El animal escogido se
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Pinar Kumandas
Kitabın sonundaki 'hikayenin hikayesi' bölümü sayesinde taşlar yerine oturdu. Kolay okunur ama çok da iz bırakmayacak bir öyküydü benim için.
Kokelector
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como una vivencia que puede parecer insulsa en un momento, se transforma en la idea general para construir una historia. Morandini así lo cuenta, encontrarse con un ermitaño durante una excursión veraniega lo transporta a escribir la historia de Adelmo Farandola, quien se ha refugiado en la soledad de la montaña, no para escapar, sino que para encontrar algo de paz. En algún momento lo logra, y comienza a encontrarse consigo mismo, pero no en la soledad absoluta sino que acompañado de un perro ...more
Appunti di una lettrice
Uno stile duro, crudo, essenziale proprio come è la montagna, come si presenta il vallone dove vive il nostro protagonista, Adelmo Farandola. Il modo di scrivere di Claudio Morandini è schietto, chiaro e semplice, non troverete giri di parole o grandi descrizioni. L'autore va dritto al sodo e colpisce il bersaglio. Scene molto vivide, a distanza di tempo dalla lettura ho ancora determinate scene in mente, e non credo mi abbandoneranno molto presto.
Una storia molto breve, che si legge in poco
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Leggendolibri
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Veramente un bel lavoro. Delicato e non retorico, come spesso sono i racconti di montagna. Ha dalla sua una certa ironia che accompagna il lettore, il cane, la neve e il piede verso una fine, a conti fatti, certa ma non intuibile da subito. Da leggere, è scorrevole e si finisce in un pomeriggio.
Mercedes
Me había hecho mucha expectativa con este libro y si, me gusto, pero no me encantó. Me falto algo más en la historia, no se, o quizás la forma del relato. En cualquier caso, vale la pena leerlo.
beesp
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Di "Neve cane piede" ho sentito Michela Murgia parlarne. E soprattutto mi sono convinta a comprare questo libro e leggerlo proprio per l'iniziativa di Billy, il vizio di leggere: l'idea di "hackerare" il sistema e portare in classifica un libro che altrimenti in pochi avrebbero conosciuto.
Perché è vero che oggi ci sono troppi libri, ed è difficile orientarsi tra di loro se non con il passaparola (perché per me rimane il sistema più attendibile; più del posto in classifica, più del numero di
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Betül YILMAZ
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alan Teder
Senior dementia is not a funny topic for me
Review of the Peirene Press English translation paperback (Feb. 2020) of the Italian language original Neve, cane, piede (2015)

This just wasn't the book for me at this time. I am a regular visitor to a senior's home where most of the residents have cognitive impairment. The antics of the old man here are probably meant to invoke humour but it was mostly lost on me. He imagines conversations with the dog and with birds until the final sad conclusion.
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Alice
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
An old hermit fending for himself in the Italian Alps is cut off from the local community by an avalanche, with only a stray dog for company - and a rival for the scant food available. Man and dog are pitted against against Nature but the odd couple relationship is lightened with gallows humour: which one will end up eating the other? A convincing journey into madness and delusion - both unsettling and deeply affecting.


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Umberto Rossi
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I miei Morandini preferiti restano Rapsodia su un solo tema e A gran giornate, ma questo romanzo breve montanaro è comunque un lavoretto di pregio da uno scrittore che sembra capace di reinventarsi ogni volta. In questo caso lo stesso autore ha detto che il protagonista di Neve, cane, piede è praticamente uno dei picari di A gran giornate che gli era sfuggito mentre scriveva quel romanzo; in effetti una certa continuità la si avverte, ma l'ambiente di montagna apre (ancora una volta) una nuova ...more
Vivek Tejuja
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This for now is the strangest book I’ve read in 2020. I mean it with the utmost admiration for the author, Claudio Morandini to have the capacity to spin such a fantastical tale of a man, a dog, and a human foot that appears poking out of the receding snow.

I don’t know what to make of this novella. It is a thriller (in some sense of the word), it is also a meditation on loneliness and deliriousness, and more than anything else it is about the reality of hunger and survival.

Adelmo Farandola doesn
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Vesna
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up
I am not the kind of reader who enjoys a novel about the recluse in the mountains but the captivating prose and excellent translation made it a deeply immersive reading that I couldn't put down. But then came the ending that didn't work for me. A complete letdown (view spoiler). The fault has to be
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Emilia
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: club-catalonia
Le tenía muchas expectativas al libro y creo que eso me cagó un poco. Encontré que la historia quedaba ahí y que estaba inacabada, me faltó desarrolló. Disfruté mucho el personaje del perro y del cadáver por lo ridículo que era.
Si alguien quiere leerlo recomiendo entrar en el no sabiendo nada.
Esra Karadoğan
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beş yıldız verilen kitaplara haksızlık olmasın diye dört yıldız verdim fakat böyle de haksızlık yapmış gibiyim. Tahmin ettiğimden iyi bir kitap çıktı. Kitabı bitirmeme rağmen hikayeye duyduğum heyecan devam ediyor.
Luis Bravo
Buena lectura. Me interesó la mezcla entre cosas inanimadas, animales, el hombre y la muerte. A veces todas ellas eran una misma cosa.
Khulud Khamis
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
My Peirene Press annual subscription is one of the delights that arrive in the mail several times a year. Peirene Press is a small independent publisher that publishes translated European literature. Over the last couple of years, I've read authors I would otherwise probably not even hear about. The latest novella in my mail was this beautiful book, by Italian writer Claudio Morandini. The book has received several prizes. The translation into English is impeccable.

The novella itself is about a
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Francesca Maccani
Neve, cane, piede è un piccolo capolavoro che narra di montagna e di certi suoi abitanti in modo magistrale. Una prosa asciutta, pulita, evocativa e sinestetica. Libro mai scontato né retorico. Il sentiero più impervio non è nulla rispetto alle tortuose elucubrazioni che avvengono nella mente del protagonista e che il lettore segue inconsapevole e a tratti attonito. Le parole dell'autore dipingono con abili pennellate gli scenari e i paesaggi. Il momento del disgelo è descritto con una perizia ...more
Pino Sabatelli
Ennesima stucchevole variazione narrativa della storia del vecchio montanaro, solitario e malato, appena modernizzata da tocchi splatter e involontariamente comici. Dell’“Epos pungente e ferino, di poche parole, di pochi gesti ripetuti, di fatica e sole a picco e tenebre improvvise…” di cui parla l’Autore nella nota in appendice al romanzo, io non ho trovato traccia alcuna. A me è sembrata una storia piuttosto debole, ulteriormente infiacchita quando si verifica il viraggio da un registro ...more
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