The Twenty Days of Turin

The Twenty Days of Turin In the spare wing of a church run sanatorium some zealous youths create the Library a space where lonely citizens can read one another s personal diaries and connect with like minded souls in dialog

  • Title: The Twenty Days of Turin
  • Author: Giorgio De Maria Ramon Glazov
  • ISBN: 9781631492297
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the spare wing of a church run sanatorium, some zealous youths create the Library, a space where lonely citizens can read one another s personal diaries and connect with like minded souls in dialogues across the ether But when their scribblings devolve into the ugliest confessions of the macabre, the Library s users learn too late that a malicious force has consumeIn the spare wing of a church run sanatorium, some zealous youths create the Library, a space where lonely citizens can read one another s personal diaries and connect with like minded souls in dialogues across the ether But when their scribblings devolve into the ugliest confessions of the macabre, the Library s users learn too late that a malicious force has consumed their privacy and their sanity As the city of Turin suffers a twenty day phenomenon of collective psychosis culminating in nightly massacres that hundreds of witnesses cannot explain, the Library is shut down and erased from history That is, until a lonely salaryman decides to investigate these mysterious events, which the citizenry of Turin fear to mention Inevitably drawn into the city s occult netherworld, he unearths the stuff of modern nightmares what s shared can never be unshared.An allegory inspired by the grisly neo fascist campaigns of its day, The Twenty Days of Turin has enjoyed a fervent cult following in Italy for forty years Now, in a fretful new age of lone wolf terrorism fueled by social media, we can find uncanny resonances in Giorgio De Maria s vision of mass fear a mute, palpitating dread that seeps into every moment of daily existence With its stunning anticipation of the Internet and the apocalyptic repercussions of oversharing this bleak, prescient story is disturbingly pertinent than ever.Brilliantly translated into English for the first time by Ramon Glazov, The Twenty Days of Turin establishes De Maria s place among the literary ranks of Italo Calvino and beside classic horror masters such as Edgar Allan Poe and H P Lovecraft Hauntingly imaginative, with visceral prose that chills to the marrow, the novel is an eerily clairvoyant magnum opus, long overdue but ever timely.

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  • Definitely one of the freakiest and most unsettling novels I've read in a while. Originally published in 1977 by a small Italian publisher and, though a cult classic in Italy, is only just now being released to English-speaking readers.Turin (in the novel) has a history that its citizens would all like to forget. 10 years ago, the entire city was tormented by twenty sleepless nights, during which incredible, seemingly impossible nighttime murders took place. Throughout this time of widespread in [...]


  • Full disclosure here – I'm the person who originally referred this book to Ramon Glazov (the translator) suggesting he should try to have it published.Twenty Days of Turin” is a novel about about fictional darkness, terror and moral confusion, written in a moment (1977) when the real Turin was beginning to live its most traumatic moment since the darkest days of the Nazi occupation (1943-1945), sliding into the grip of an escalation of real life daily political and common violence, in the co [...]


  • By the time I'd put this book down, I was actually shaking. Not so much for the horror elements here, but more because of the feeling that this book, while written in the late 1970s, has a certain timeliness about it that terrifies me, one that is more frightening than the contents of any horror novel. Our guide through this book of strange events in the city of Turin both past and present is an unnamed man who has decided to write a book about the "Twenty Days of Turinither a war nor a revoluti [...]


  • This may seem like an unfair review but I can only give this 3 stars because I didn’t exactly understand it. I think that’s mainly because I’m a little slow to the mark sometimes and because I read this in a distracting environment, but this disappointed me and didn’t scare me like I hoped it would.It was well written, especially since it’s a translation, but parts of it felt disjointed and I found it hard to follow the uncovering of the Library’s secrets and the cause of the disturb [...]


  • "A lost gem of European weird fiction"La verità e il futuro sono sempre in agguato, e fanno paura. Cosa abbiamo qui? Un libro dimenticato, pubblicato negli anni '70 ma caduto presto nel dimenticatoio letterario, che risucchia da sempre i libri fuori posto, senza mai fare discrimine fra quelli che non dovevano essere scritti perchè fanno oggettivamente schifo e quelli che da soli renderebbero una libreria degna di essere chiamata tale. Qualche volta un raro esemplare della seconda specie viene [...]


  • First of all, can we talk about the cover? Go on, Google "Satan sement l'ivraie," by Felician Rops. I'll wait.Are you back? What did you think?I KNOW RIGHT?Who cares if Satan is marching over Paris and not Turin? THIS IS A GOOD BOOK COVER. GOOD JOB, BOOK COVER DESIGNER WHOSE NAME I FAILED TO NOTE (WHICH ACTUALLY I THINK IS A CRIME BECAUSE BOOK COVERS ARE GREAT).Moving on.This edition comes with a lengthy introduction by the translator and one extra short story and an essay by De Maria, all of wh [...]


  • Giorgio De Maria wrote this in the late 70's, and now it is presented in English in a slim and pretty unsettling hardcover. The story concerns our unnamed protagonist who is compiling a book on an uncanny event that occurred ten years before. While researching this book, the horrors of the past, that he's studying, begin to manifest around him. He meets some weird blokes, one who has recorded strange sounds on the night, ten years ago, when many were murdered by tall lunatics using other humans [...]


  • WOW. Umberto Eco and Lovecraft had a baby*Ten years ago, the grand old museum town of Turin suffered a mysterious series of events stemming from mass insomnia, a public library filled with only the personal, anonymous musings of strangers, and a breakdown in certain areas of the goverment and that led to a horrific, city-wide slaughter. Now the narrator digs into the past, trying to find out what exactly happened back then.It's bad. Literally worse than I imagined. Weird horror of the best strip [...]


  • Very cool, the SFF surprise of my year so far. Very timely (probably even more timely if you are Hungarian, but Americans should also find it timely), very prescient. I'd say it owes a lot to creepypasta, except it massively predates creepypasta. Many people have already said it presages the internet - I'd say especially the social web - and that's true, but those people might not know about CREEPYPASTA in particular. I didn't see that coming!If you are interested in dark magical realist literar [...]


  • Curious, but occasionally disconnected. The town of Turin has a mysterious and horrific past. Lots of weird, strange, and sometimes disgusting tidbits unfold throughout the book, which is fine and interesting, but some of the puzzle pieces didn’t always seem to fit (the pen pal side-story for instance). The book kept my attention well enough, and the horrors and clues were spaced out in a way that every time one dropped I had to keep reading to see what sort of answer it lead to.Hard to say mu [...]



  • The Twenty Days of Turin by Giorgio De MariaTranslator's Introduction by Ramon GlazovMy rating: 4 out of 5 starsType of book: Cosmic horror novel; weird novelSimiliar writers: H.P. Lovecraft, Thomas Ligotti, T.E.D. Kline_The Twenty Days of Turin_ was first published in Italy in 1977 and published in English in February 2017. This edition also contains a translator's introduction which is well worth reading too. After the novel are two unrelated short pieces: a short story about Lord Bryon which [...]


  • Incuriosito da un articolo che descriveva in modo un po' fumoso un romanzo intrigante né noir né horror, malato e con squarci profetici, scritto da un autore misconosciuto e sfortunato e per di più ambientato nella mia città, ho cercato di prenotarlo presso la biblioteca, che però possiede solo una copia non in prestito dell'edizione originale del 1977.Ho quindi comprato una ristampa di Frassinelli, appena uscita dopo che per via di qualche strano giro il testo era stato tradotto in inglese [...]


  • Even those infamous contributions, those dialogues across the ether that were later purged by the Library, helped break that cycle of loneliness in which our citizens were confined. Or rather they helped to furnish the illusion of a relationship with the outside world: a dismal cop-out nourished and centralized by a scornful power bent only on keeping people in their state of continuous isolation. The inventors of the Library knew their trade well!Foreboding and Lovecraftian.Filing this alongsid [...]


  • An odd and very compelling story if you are open to depressive hero manque a la Philip K. Dick. There's a lot here in terms of various genres, but it all works. The story took hold of me and never let me go. I felt that strange juvenile excitement of wanting to hurry home to return to it. The writing is crisp, intelligent and it shows more than it tells about the mystery at the heart of this book. I rarely finish novels today, let alone devour them in one or two sessions, but this book bit me go [...]


  • I had read this book when I was about twenty years old and it had created such a "folie a deux" with a pal who had loaned me the tex that we took a train to Turin that weekend to explore the places of the novel I had read it in Italian and that might explain why the English version does not get me that excited about things Maybe the translation is not as DREAMY as the sound of the Italian was or maybe i am just not as impressionable in any case this is still a very strong and bizarre universe



  • A very strange and intriguing novel.Giorgio De Maria's Twenty Days of Turin is a work of imagined history. Something terrible happened to that Italian city in the 1970s; decades later, our unnamed narrator tries to write a book about it.I do want to place some thoughts behind spoilers, since part of the book's pleasure is in discovering what happened and how. For now I'll just say that each chapter offers a different slice of the mystery, usually involving meeting a new character and exploring a [...]


  • Intertwining the present and the past, Giorgio De Maria's cult novel of societal breakdown, The Twenty Days of Turin, appears in English for the first time, smartly translated by Australian writer Ramon Glazov. A nameless office worker is obsessed with events of a decade earlier, when a mysterious collective created a secret and ultimately dangerous library. Ominous messages and suspicious activity convince the narrator that the same forces are regrouping. "A business we believed was over and do [...]


  • An excellent slow burn sort of horror. De Maria gives you just enough to worry without ever ruining everything by tearing down the curtain. You're given just a little peak into a richly allegorical, highly symbolic world of despair.


  • The author was a friend of Italo Calvino and Umberto Eco, and that gives you sort of an idea of what the novel is: it's weird, spooky, and erudite, capturing the unnamed narrator's efforts to piece together a baffling spate of violence in his native Turin in the mid-70s.The book, written during Italy's "Years of Lead," the period from the late 1960s to the early 1980s when the country was repeatedly visited by political violence carried out by extremist sects of the left and right, revolves arou [...]


  • "But isn't it possible that the Library did reach one of its goals? To bring people closer together?""Oh, it reached its goals! Quite a lot of goals!" he said with a dash of sarcasm. "But certainly not the goals you're talking about! Even those infamous contributions, those dialogues across the ether that were later purged by the Library, helped break that cycle of loneliness in which our citizens were confined. Or rather they helped to furnish the illusion of a relationship with the outside wor [...]


  • I loved this; atmospheric, amorphous horror DONE RIGHT. You're never given too much; every word is imbued with meaning and the most terrifying scenes are the ones you're made to imagine for yourself. The book has a lot to say about urban living, about history and identity and place--I'm really glad I found this strange and terrifying and wonderful little work.


  • Creepy, delightful, and disturbing. Plus! Sinister nuns and early (1977, yes really!) warnings about the potential dangers of social media.


  • Sembrava che in Italia fossimo geneticamente incapaci di scrivere noir surreali di qualità. Poi in America hanno pubblicato una traduzione di un vecchio libro di uno scrittore italiano semisconosciuto e noi ci siamo accorti che invece sì: siamo capaci di scrivere noir surreali di qualità anche in Italia. O almeno quarant’anni fa lo eravamo.


  • English translation of an Italian novel written in the late 1970s. It gained cult classic status in Italy for offering on-point commentary of the so-called "Days of Lead" in the country at the time, a period marked by constant terror attacks and a cropping fear throughout the country. One could argue that makes it relevant today as well, but it's really nothing more than an eerie, atmospheric thriller, full of strange happenings and witnesses who give mysterious comments to the narrator research [...]


  • “Did an obscure Italian author really predict social media in 1977?”I was intrigued to buy “The Twenty Days of Turin” by Giorgio De Maria after an enticing preview by our friends over at the ‘This is Horror’ site. After then discovering an absolutely fascinating interview with the translator Ramon Glazov over at the ‘Weird Fiction Review’ I was sold – hook, line, and sinker. I’ve been around weird fiction for more years that I can remember and I cannot ever remember hearing o [...]


  • THE TWENTY DAYS OF TURIN evokes a creepy dystopic world that is also uncannily contemporary. People chronically overshare using a crude social media platform and terrorism prevails. Whether these two vices are directly linked in the novel or, indeed, in our world today remain unclear. The novel was intended as an allegory for the violence and fear that were prevalent in highly polarized Italian society during the 70’s, a time known as the “Years of Lead.” De Maria evokes a “library” wh [...]


  • Originally published in the 1970s and recently translated into English, Girogio de Maria’s short novel “The Twenty Days of Turin” is remarkable in the way it mirrors society in the twenty-first century. It is a dark read, straddling the line between horror and magical realism, that combines religion, isolation, paranoia and monsters both human and ones which might well have inspired the Weeping Angels of Doctor Who. Within an abandoned wing of a former insane asylum, a library is establish [...]


  • An unusual tourist's guide to TurinThis is just a short note to register I've read this. It isn't the kind of book I usually read: even though it was written in the 1970s, it is in the line of H.P. Lovecraft: it conjures its terrors with set-pieces (a strange old woman's narration, a zealously guarded vault full of moldy papers, streets with inexplicable happenings, special radio recordings of incomprehensible voices, solitary witnesses to horrific events, and so forth). Readers are supposed to [...]


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