Fists

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Pushkin Press, 2009 - Fiction - 157 pages

Three stories present three portraits of young men learning the realities of adult life.Boxingtakes us into the world of gyms, a world of bodies and nerves stretched to the limit, of sacrifice and challenge. Two young men confront each other in the fight of their lives: one of them is well-to-do, a model student whose his skills have never been put to the test; the other, although poor and deaf, is stubborn, determined, and wins fights easily. Now they face the ultimate test—the encounter on which not only their present but also their future depends.Horsespresents the wide open spaces of the countryside. Here, two brothers, both given horses by their father, confront each other sensing that two different destinies are opening up for them.The Monkeyis about the fragility of identity, the desire to escape it and disappear. When Nico discovers that his boyhood friend Piero has made the sudden, shocking decision to become a monkey, he is led to question the basis on which he has lived his own life.

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