In true picaresque tradition the novel explores the coming-of-age of Dino, a young Italian boy. Touched by the horrors of war even though evacuated to his uncle's farm in wartime Italy, he witnesses Blackshirt activities. His return to the city after the war takes him into a world of literature and philosophy. His desire to become an observer of history leads to an accidental stay in prison. More
The Dummy Run explores the coming-of-age of Dino, a young Italian boy, aged twelve.
Touched by the horrors of war when evacuated to his uncle's farm in wartime Italy, and whilst forming early alliances with his cousin and friends, he witnesses a hanging and other Blackshirt activities around his village. His return to the city and his parents after the war takes him into a world of literature and the influence of philosophy.
Over the years, his desire to become an observer of history leads to peripheral involvement in riots and an accidental stay in prison. His travels and work in England and Ireland add to his education as he meets larger-than-life characters. Returning to Italy, he overhears the plotters in the kidnap and murder of a prominent politician.
With unexpected twists, the exuberant use of language and literary references, not to mention a touch of magical realism, this book is a must-read for all students of literature.