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Born in Northern Italy in November 1973, Marco Mancassola is one of the most talked about writers in Italy and lately in France. He is the author of an outstanding debut novel, Il mondo senza di mi, while his second novel, Qualcuno ha mentito, has been published in France in a new version. After Italy, Berlin and New York, he's now living in London.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Don't let the erotic connotation put you off; this has no shades of grey or cufflinks in sight. A picaresque Italian novel and comedy in which all the famous superheroes turn out to be gay and in confused retirement in New York. An affectionate look at the perils of growing old, this is wonderfully original, witty and discreetly political and was a major success in Italy and France, although the author lives in London. Absolutely worth the detour, a delightful novel like no other around.
New York, early twenty-first century. Once, they were famous and their bodies were powerful. They were Mister Fantastic, Batman, Mystique, Superman... Now they know the pains of ageing and regret. And as an obscure conspiracy is threatening their lives, making them even more vulnerable, they live out one last, desperate love story. At once realistic and visionary, here is a novel that revives a pop imagination with a narrative of singular power. This is a story about the broken heart of not only a group of former superheroes, but of an entire civilisation.