Literary Fiction

I tuoni

(Thunderbolts)

Ponte alle Grazie, April 2021, pp.192

On the distant outskirts of Rome, three young men are bound by a common destiny that involves exclusion, oppression, friendship, love and violence. It’s this violence – the result of their desire for release – that will inevitably lead to revolt.

In a nameless outlying district, Manuel, Andrea and Abdoulaye lead a precarious existence. They are first- and second-generation Italians with talent, aspirations and past lives they don’t talk about. For them, the city is only a backdrop, while daily life is stuck in the ruthless hierarchy of the district, where the difference between those who can cultivate their ambitions and those who are irreversibly condemned to the margins is distinct. The friendship that binds them is their only staple, at least until loves comes to break them up –love for Donatella, a seventeen-year-old whose parents have sacrificed their roots and identities in favour of an anonymous little house in a residential area that borders the district. Her anger will trigger the crackdown everyone expects. And when violence does come, it claims its victims but also grants a small glimmer of hope for salvation.

Ponte alle Grazie, April 2021, pp.192

  • “Delicate, insightful, capable of throwing doors open, Tommaso Giagni’s writing is among the best and most original in recent years.

    Stefania Auci

  • “Giagni‘s language is of exemplary neatness, where even simple brackets are a revelation, a bolt of lightning before the rumble of thunder.

    Paolo di Paolo

  • Both vivid and precise, Giagni’s prose has the rare power to make us imagine the world he describes.

    Emanuele Trevi

  • “Giagni ‘s writing is a taut muscle in a prose that never overflows from the page.

    Diego De Silva

  • “The crystalline beauty achieved by his writing (…) if you read Giagni, the gap between writing and good writing will become very clear to you.”

    Marcello Fois, L’Espresso

  • “Both a social fable and a coming-of-age novel, I tuoni owes its success to Giagni’s highly-strung, mature style, as he always succeeds in making the voices of his characters credible.”

    Alessandro Zaccuri, Avvenire

  • “A stylistic hallmark and a precise, personal view (…) language able to achieve a balance that’s so successful it feels natural.”

    Rosella Postorino, ttL

  • “On one hand it follows a perfect trajectory that passes through Pier Paolo Pasolini and certainly Walter Siti, and on the other hand it has a beautiful, original tone. This is thanks to a remarkable writing skill.”

    Alessandro Beretta, La Lettura – Corriere della Sera

Tommaso Giagni

Tommaso Giagni (1985) specialised in Contemporray History at the University “la Sapienza” in Rome. He has written for dailies and magazines, in print and online. His L’estraneo (2012) and Prima di perderti (2016) were published by Einaudi.

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