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Leonardo è uno scrittore che vive in provincia, in un paese sperduto e fumoso che racconta molta parte dell’Italia dei giorni nostri. Trascorre da alcuni anni un’esistenza calata nel silenzio e nella solitudine, sullo sfondo di un paesaggio in cui di grigio e di nebbia sono impastati anche i cuori di chi ci abita. Leonardo si è lasciato alle spalle una carriera da professo ...more
Paperback, 396 pages
Published January 2010 by Fandango Libri
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Saleh MoonWalker
Onvan : The Last Man Standing - Nevisande : Davide Longo - ISBN : 1623650348 - ISBN13 : 9781623650346 - Dar 352 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2010
orsodimondo
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: italiana
IL TEMPO DEI LUPI
Non è facile parlare di un libro come questo senza entrare nel merito della trama, col rischio di anticiparne snodi e passaggi che è meglio scoprire da soli leggendolo.
Ci provo comunque.

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Iniziando dalle parti che mi sono piaciute: descrizioni e lentezze da assaporare, odori, luci, tutta una grammatica dei suoni, e, quindi, dei silenzi, l'atmosfera, la composita carovana dell'ultima parte.

Il libro ha purtroppo diversi refusi e altre sbavature: per fare un solo esempio, a pagina
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Antonio Nunez
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read Longo's book "The Last Man Standing" after seeing a review in the FT. Since I have a weakness for post-apocalyptic fiction it seemed like an attractive read. It was absolutely enthralling, I couldn't stop until the end and even today, almost a month later I find myself remembering the characters and the situations. The book describes the aftermath of an unnamed catastrophe happening in Italy in the near future. The main character is a former professor and well-known author as he tries to ...more
Allison Denny
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Last Man Standing is actually a very well done post-apocalyptic novel: definitely the most literary one I've ever read. It's unrelenting in its matter-of-fact, bleak realism. That's why I gave it a low score. No matter how technically good it is, I didn't enjoy it. The beginning had some beautiful passages and the ending was relatively positive, but that doesn't make up for the 200 pages of misery in the middle.
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
Bleak.

Very Bleak.

THE LAST MAN STANDING is a tremendously effective piece about the collapse of Europe's governments and economy. The pace at which this disaster unfolds, and the way that Davide Lango tells the story makes it entirely plausible, and exceedingly realistic. If you want a taste of what The End will really be like, try this book.

We enter the story when there are still islands of civilization. The main character, an author and former professor named Leonardo, is introduced as he is st
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John
The Best Recently Published Near Future Dystopian Novel


William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” meets Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” in Italian novelist Davide Longo’s “The Last Man Standing”; a psychological intense near future thriller that, along with Peter Heller’s “The Dog Stars”, is the best recently published dystopian novel. It is psychologically and emotionally far more complex than McCarthy’s celebrated “The Road”, chronicling how a former Italian college literature professor and critically
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DunklesSchaf
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hervorragend - stellenweise sehr verstörend, aber tief beeindruckend. Das Buch werde ich so schnell nicht vergessen.
Henk Deraedt
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zeer mooi boek over hoe de menselijke waarden ook in tijden van anarchie en destructie overwinnen
Benedikte
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Misschien was dat de barbaarsheid, bedacht hij: een nieuw vocabulaire en nieuwe beelden die langzaam hun intrede doen. Het eerste woord was het Paard van Troje. Daarna was de bron verontreinigd. De kiem was gezaaid. De ziekte. De cholera."

Leonardo is een schrijver wiens carrière na een slippertje genekt werd. Moreel en financieel zit hij aan de grond, zijn huwelijk is gebroken. In die hoedanigheid zwerft hij door het Italië van de toekomst: een land dat van God los is, zonder wetten en regels,
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Kay Smillie
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice to read a dystopian novel not based in the USA or the UK. Yes it is bleak but I would imagine that a society that has crumbled isn't exactly going to be a bundle of laughs. What would you do to survive? One of the better dystopian novels on the market and no zombies!

Ray Smillie
Paolo Gianoglio
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In poche occasioni sono stato rapito in modo così completo da una storia. In poche occasioni una storia mi ha urtato con la sua violenza senza che io riuscissi a difendermi smontandone i singoli elementi, criticandone la verosimiglianza, svelandone i cliché di genere. In poche occasioni ho trovato personaggi tanto improbabili e allo stesso tempo veri.
Davide Longo ha la capacità di compiere la magia. Ci trasporta in un altro tempo – indefinito – e ci lascia privi di precise coordinate geografiche
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Judy
This month I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing this post-apocalyptic novel by Italian author Davide Longo. Interesting that I read it between two other books set in Italy, Daughter of Silence by Morris L West (published in 1961) and The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian (published in 2013, review coming soon.) Reading a book by an author who actually lives there was a fitting antidote to what I found lacking in the other two novels. Reading a post-apocalyptic story set somewhere bes ...more
pierlapo  quimby
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: italiani
Un buon romanzo, con una storia raccontata come si deve e personaggi ben tratteggiati che la vivono.
Che in Italia si scopra uno scrittore così mi sembra già un evento.
Tutti hanno citato La strada di McCarthy per via dell'ambientazione, io direi piuttosto Baci dalla provincia di Gipi, l'atmosfera è molto simile, e un po' anche Il signore delle mosche di Golding.
Certo è che il romanzo ne ricorda altri e forse deve molto ad altri.
Ma la scrittura tiene.
Scrive per immagini Longo, la sua è una prosa c
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Randy
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic novels, so this seemed a natural selection.

The tale is set in Italy and the world is coming apart. Borders are guarded, the banks are giving people their money(if they even have any), and Leonardo is just trying to survive. A former college professor and writer caught up in a sex scandal that cost him his family, his job, and his desire to write, he ekes out an existence with a small vineyard.

One day his wife shows up with his daughter, now seventeen, and the so
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Becky
A brilliant bit of appocaliterature here. For darkness this rivals anything in this genre that I've come across, and yet it manages to remain totally compelling despite the bleak and horrific detail of the story. It's set in Italy, somewhere in the Tuscany/Umbria/Romangna area I would think although no places are mentioned for sure (not during the period of the story in anycase, I did get a mild thrill when one of the characters remembered an event from their past that took place in Viareggio an ...more
Ned Frederick
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
It's a mistake to try to pigeonhole this book. Somehow the broad themes of The Road, Lord of the Flies, and Mad Max, as cultural references, hover over The Last Man Standing suggesting they may have influenced the author. But I think not. This wonderful book is not derivative in any way, as it presents a wholly original view of a post-apocalyptic world seen through the eyes of a good, decent man, in the same way as Peter Heller's The Dog Stars.

The 100% unrestrained Id of the nomadic, youth gang
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Bronco Billy
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bronco Billy by: Sébastien
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MicheleC
Jul 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Narra del cammino di un uomo attraverso le rovine di quella che fino a pochi mesi prima era l'Italia, prima del crollo della società e dello Stato per non si sa bene quale insieme di cause (chessò, potrebbe essere stato per via di una recessione mondiale seguita da una bancarotta finanziaria dello Stato, mentre al governo forze irresponsabili, xenofobe e fasciste contribuivano a distruggere gli elementi minimi perchè una società rimanesse coesa e solidale. Fantascienza, insomma). Forse ho sbagli ...more
Andrea
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had far too many late nights reading this book! This book is based in Italy and translated from Italian, it is a very haunting tale of a time in the future when the country is at the brink of collapse and armed gangs roam the countryside. Leornado takes his daughter and another child and tries to escape to safety , along the way they face raw survival as they travel through the countryside in poor conditions, they witness and are part of some terrible things along the way.
This book really grab
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Gavin
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two stars for parts one and two which showed vision, imagination and interested me despite being evocative of Cormac McCarthy's The Road which I had recently completed. Sadly as I began to read the confusing middle section, part 3 - oddly written in the first person as distinct from the rest of the book - and the following parts, I felt like I was reading two completely different books. I have the impression a bit of hurry up from the publisher contributed to the distinction between the earlier, ...more
Kruip
Longo en de Apocalyps, die ook weer niet voor eeuwig is. De makke van de meeste dystopiëen is de onrealistische setting, althans dat is mijn bescheiden mening. Waar Longo een vrij realistisch verhaal schrijft over de maatschappij die in elkaar sodemieterd, is het niet van wezenlijk belang om het waarom te weten. Alles staat uit, de stroom werkt hier en daar nog vanwege generatoren, internet is dood, email, mobiel, alles waar wij nu denken van afhankelijk te zijn.
Het beest komt naar boven in de m
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Tadzio Koelb
From my review for the Times Literary Supplement:

"Apocalyptic fiction is often steeped in pseudo-Nietzschean assumptions about society as an unnatural restraint on human instinct, a structure designed (by a nameless “them”: you can pick your scapegoat) for the inefficient protection of the weak. Author Davide Longo’s great achievement in The Last Man Standing is to avoid completely this facile posturing and give the question of what we surrender for collective harmony a much more thoughtful anal
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Alessandra Gallo
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
L'Italia è un paese isolato e si è trasformata in una terra senza legge o morale; Leonardo, professore universitario e scrittore, viene incaricato dall'ex moglie di prendersi cura della figlia Lucia e del figliastro Alberto con la speranza che possano presto riunirsi con lei e con il nuovo marito oltre confine. Durante il lungo e stremante viaggio a piedi verso un confine che dubitano di poter attraversare, i tre vengono catturati e sottoposti a ogni genere di barbarie. La salvezza non arriverà ...more
Marilyn
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Web London has given his whole life to his career. When his entire HRT crew is gunned down, and he's the only survivor, his life becomes a battle for mental clarity and the will to survive. Hidden in the chaos, a group of men who hold little regard for others plots further destruction. With the memory of 9 year old Kevin Westbrook fresh in his mind, and the help of Claire his new psychiatrist, the will to live survives and settling the score becomes his strong goal.
[►Werenfried
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ein mehr als aufregendes Buch. Fiction oder doch real? Können Freunde im Ernstfall zu Feinden mutieren? Wie würde man sich angesichts einer dubiosen, undurchsichtigen, diktatorischen Gewaltmacht verhalten? Dem Protagonisten zu folgen, scheint in diesem Buch sehr logisch. In der Realität würden wohl viele den Weg lange vorher abbrechen. Die Bedrohung in diesem Buch ist ein permanenter Begleiter, die Auflösung ermuntert nicht gerade zum Widerstand, oder doch?
Linda
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most painful part of reading this dystopian novel is realizing the main character is me..and probably everyone I know. Finding a way to survive in a world where all the rules of life/society seem to be gone and all that is left are rapidly fading memories and a few people/animals you love make this a dark, reflective, atmospheric and (at times) difficult to read novel that is so amazingly well written that it is hard to put down.
World Literature Today
"Powerful, emotional, and addicting, you will not want to put this novel down until you find that good does exist, though sometimes in the most remote locations and only to be discovered at the most unlikely times." - Janny Gandhi, University of Oklahoma

This book was reviewed in the January 2014 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our website: http://bit.ly/1fY4OAC
Riccardo
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Geniale. Contesto, personaggi, trama, stile curato e colorato mi hanno colpito, sorpreso, coinvolto e suscitato forti emozioni. Lo trovo un capolavoro: le situazioni così particolari che Davide Longo ha creato trascendono i tipici romanzi post-apocalittici e danno molteplici spunti di riflessione sui comportamenti e le scelte dell'uomo ai giorni nostri. Un po' come i romanzi di Asimov sono diversi dai tipici romanzi fantascientifici.
Non capisco come mai non sia molto conosciuto qui in Italia.
Jonathan
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This literary post-apocalyptic novel delves into the depths of human relationships during a time of survival. Though graphic at times, the story and character development will pull you right in. Though I'm not a huge fan of post-apocalyptic stories, I really enjoyed this one!

Disclaimer: An Advanced Reading Copy of this book was received for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Kookie
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You would think the most ridiculous, unbelievable part of this post-apocalyptic novel set in Italy would be that the hero ends up with a pet elephant. You would be wrong.

Faults aside, I enjoyed this and was grooving very hard on the author's themes of intellectuals v hoi polloi in the end times. I recommend this.
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