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“Foul, Small-Minded Deities”: On Giorgio De Maria’s “The Twenty Days of Turin” - Los Angeles Review of Books

Jim Groom

“Foul, Small-Minded Deities”: On Giorgio De Maria’s “The Twenty Days of Turin” - Los Angeles Review of Books

The Twenty Days of Turin is uncanny both in terms of its subject matter and in the way it prefigures the emotional reality of our own period. This is a book written in 1975 and featuring no technology more advanced than high-end analog audio recordings, yet it grasps the implications of social media in ways cyberpunk never did. It’s a book steeped in the idiosyncratic culture of Turin that speaks to psychic elements of crises now gripping much of the world. The Twenty Days of Turin depicts how the past overflows the feeble efforts of the present to make its own future; in that, it may be the novel that foreshadows our moment more accurately than any number of speculative fictions.