The Javelin Thrower

Paolo Volponi

The Javelin Thrower

Paolo Volponi

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Richard Dixon
288 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2018
Cloth $24.50 ISBN: 9780857425393 Will Publish June 2018 World sales rights except India
As a boy growing up in rural Italy in the 1930s, Damìn is experiencing the first stirrings of adolescence when he accidentally sees his mother having sex with the local Fascist commandant. His pain, anger, and confusion are uncomfortably intertwined with a compulsion to watch them, which becomes an obsession.
 
Isolating himself from anyone who might help him understand what he’s feeling, he channels his fury into his javelin, getting better and better until he is a local champion. But his success is fleeting, as wholly confused and caught up in his own anger, he ends up betraying and humiliating his friends. The Javelin Thrower is the story of an erotic education turned tragic, poisoned by the darkness running through Mussolini’s Italy.
 
Review Quotes
The Independent
“A portrait of a troubled adolescent boy, Damìn, which is the most memorable of all such portraits since J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.
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