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Let the Games Begin Paperback – August 6, 2013

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Saverio Moneta (Mantos) is leader of a small and ineffectual satanic cult, the Wilde Beasts of Abaddon, stuck in a loveless marriage, and clerking in his father-in-law’s furniture store. Fabrizio Ciba is a world-renowned author, though on the downslope of his career. Both are seeking to achieve or maintain prominence, in the disparate fields of malevolence and literature, respectively, Mantos by staging the sacrifice by decapitation of the pop singer Larita. While at a decadent, celebrity-filled gala animal safari at a magnificent Roman estate, Villa Ada, at which the satanists intend to stage their horrific action, Ciba meets and becomes enamored of Larita. As events frenetically build to their climax, Ammanati suddenly introduces a band of anti-communist, former Soviet Olympic athletes, who have been living with their offspring in the catacombs under the estate, largely isolated from the world outside since leaving their team during the Rome Olympics five decades earlier. Ammaniti’s satiric, Fellini-esque style, ranging from quite funny to plain silly, ultimately strains one’s ability to ride out the absurdities to the cataclysmic finale. --Mark Levine

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"This book pulls off a rare feat: an action-packed but well-paced satire populated with characters rather than caricatures" —Publishers Weekly

"[A] raunchy, satirical romp." —Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus series

"Let the Games Begin may well be the print version of La Dolce Vita set today." —L'Unità

"Niccolò Ammaniti has constructed a novel you will not easily forget, rescuing the genius of Federico Fellini to mix chaos, social criticism and chronic human frailties . . . A fast-paced, fevered comedy . . . Ammaniti is the most gifted writer of his generation." —El Mundo

"Brilliant, smooth, neurotic, and at times scathing." —Le Monde

"A bittersweet book where you laugh knowing that there really isn’t anything to laugh about." —La Repubblica
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Black Cat (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080212111X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802121110
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sdk on August 7, 2013
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Ammaniti is at it again, with a social satire that skewers elites of all flavors: political, cultural, culinary, athletic, you name it. For my money, he is the unrivaled master of this game in our time. As with his other books (especially, As God Commands/The Crossroads), class division and hypocrisy are central. His sympathies are clearly with the fallen working classes, notwithstanding any Satanist leanings. Truthfully, in Let the Games Begin, unlike in Ammaniti's other books available in English translation, most of the characters are caricatures, with the exception of the two "protagonists," Ciba and Saverio/Mantos. [For example, who could ever forget Quattro Formaggi in As God Commands?] In alternating chapters, the story follows these two: Ciba, a successful (though never successful enough!) writer and Saverio/Mantos, a wannabe provincial high priest of Satanism whose day job is, miserably, to sell furniture for his father-in-law. Their paths cross when Ciba attends the party-of-the-century thrown for all of Roman celebrity by a real estate baron who has managed to obtain a public park and turn it into a luxury, private Safari-land. Mantos and his cohorts agree to temp for the party's caterer so they can kidnap and sacrifice a former heavy metal diva who has committed the mortal sin of converting to popular music. Don't ask. In fact, forget the whole silly plot. Although amusing, it is largely beside the point. The point is to show us what we have become. Ciba appears to be conflicted, but do his self-awareness and value conflicts redeem him in any way? The climactic scenes take place at this mega-party, set in a (real) Roman park, Villa Ada, that (fictionally) was privatized by corrupt politicians.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura on November 23, 2013
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"Don't judge a book by its cover". For the first time in my life, this saying applies.
Unlike his "I'm not scared" it did not draw me in, on the contrary. Do read the entire sample first. And if you like it, good for you! If not, get his "I'm not scared". It is infinitely better and definitely worth it.
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I love all this guy's books! They need to translate more European fiction into English. This was a fun read.
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