The hottest summer of the twentieth century. A tiny community of five houses enclosed by wheat fields. While the adults shelter indoors, six children venture out on their bikes across the scorched, deserted countryside. Whilst exploring a dilapidated and uninhabited farmhouse, nine-year-old Michele Amitrano discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he dare not tell anyone about it. To come to terms with what he has found, Michele has to draw strength from his own sense of humanity...It is Ammaniti's ability to inhabit the mind and perspective of his young hero that makes I'm Not Scared such an affecting and extraordinary novel. The book is a masterpiece of coming of age; a compelling portrait of losing one's innocence and a powerful reflection on the complexities and compromises inherent in growing up.
Niccolo Ammaniti was born in Rome in 1966. He has written four novels and a collection of short stories. His first novel, Steal You Away, was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. I'm Not Scared was the winner of the prestigious Italian Viareggio-Repaci Prize for Fiction, and has been translated into thirty-five languages. The Crossroads received the Premio Strega Prize 2007. Translated from the Italian by Jonathan Hunt. Hunt currently divides his time between Italy and Britain. His translations include Niccolo Ammaniti's The Crossroads and Steal You Away, and Tommaso Pincio's Love Shaped Story.