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The Twenty Days of Turin by Giorgio De Maria
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Worse, rather than helping its users connect, the Library consumes their privacy in a “web of mutual espionage . . . malicious and futile.”

Replacing a chain of command, we have friendless deviants who prompt equally friendless imitators far away through a sort of perverse quantum entanglement; the atomized lead the atomized.

Those who are unmoving, those who are beyond suspicion—as far as they are inert and familiar—and yet soaked in blood from head to toe, have always found ideal living conditions and absolute safety in our country. Millions of mouths have always protected them, whether screaming their praises or staying firmly zipped.

What a weird, unsettling little book. A city atomised by a seemingly benign pre-digital social technology. Statues of a culture's prophets, leaders and heros come alive to engage each other in mortal combat, wielding human bodies as clubs…

It all sounds ghastly, but the horror is subdued and reported on in a deadpan manner by the book's protagonist who thinks all of this has happened in the past and will never happen again, but as he starts digging comes to realise history will repeat itself.

I'm pretty sure this will haunt me for quite some time to come. For something first published at the end of the seventies, this feels troublingly current.
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Reading Progress

February 18, 2018 – Shelved
February 18, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
February 18, 2018 – Shelved as: fiction
February 25, 2018 – Started Reading
February 25, 2018 –
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March 8, 2018 –
35.0%
March 13, 2018 –
43.0%
March 23, 2018 –
76.0%
March 28, 2018 – Shelved as: weird
March 28, 2018 – Finished Reading

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