You, bleeding childhood


On the cusp between autobiography and fiction, at the crossroads of memory and myth, these stories by Italy’s answer to both Stephen King and Jorge Luis Borges find the obsessions of childhood coming back to haunt the present day in hilarious and unsettling ways.

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SKU: 9781913505684 Category: Tags: , , , Publisher/imprint : And Other Stories
Published on 11th July, 2023


Long before the latest vogue for autofiction, Michele Mari, one of Italy’s most beloved authors, cast his mind back to the days of his own childhood, and found it crawling with monsters.

Raised on comic books and science fiction, the young Mari constructed an alternate universe for himself untouched by uncomprehending grownups or sadistic peers. Compared to the horrors of real life, Long John Silver and Cthulhu made for positively cuddly company; but little boys raised by beasts may well grow up beastly – or never grow up at all. Waking or sleeping, the obsessions of Mari’s youth seem to colour his every adult thought. You, Bleeding Childhood stands as his first attempt to catalogue this cabinet of wonders.

Cult classics since their first publication, these loosely connected stories stand as the ideal introduction to an encyclopedic fantasist on a par with Kafka, Poe, and Borges.

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Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 cm