Sunday, 22 July 2012

THRILLER REVIEW: The Last Man Standing - Davide Longo

Release Date: 05/07/12


Italy is on the brink of collapse. Borders are closed, banks withhold money, and the postal service stalls. Armed gangs of drug-fuelled youths roam the countryside. Leonardo was a famous writer and professor before a sex scandal ended his marriage and career. Heading north in search of her new husband, his ex-wife leaves their daughter and her son in his care. If he is to take them to safety, he will need to find a quality he has never possessed: courage.


If there’s something that you can say about Maclehose, it’s that they bring a lot of titles that would otherwise have skipped the English market to the fore and give us something that really becomes a special reading experience. That something is this new title by Davide Longo, translated from the Italian by Silvester Mazzarella.

It’s thought provoking, the emotional context comes over wonderfully and when added to a writing style that works it way deep into the readers psyche I suspect that it will be something that would work very well for the film market. Add to this solid prose, an almost adult hand guiding you through this dark future and all in it’s a wonderful book. Great stuff.

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