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IN THE WALL (working title)

Mauro Corona

  • Original Title: NEL MURO
  • Publication date: November 2018
  • Publisher: MONDADORI EDITORE
  • Country: IT
  • 280 print pages
  • Horror

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21th century
  • Location setting: Italy
  • Themes: FAMILY, Dysfunctional family, PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, Death, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, LOVE / HATE, Perversion, Sex, Obsession

Pitch

A solitary mountaineer discovers the mummies of three women in an abandoned chalet, their bones engraved with signs, maybe letters from a mysterious and unknown alphabet. What terrible message are those letters trying to communicate?

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December 2018: At rank 6 in the Italian best-selling charts

Mauro Corona is an Italian writer, mountaineer and sculptor. His books include LA FINE DEL MONDO STORTO (Bancarella Prize 2011) and LA VOCE DEGLI UOMINI FREDDI (shortlisted for the Premio Campiello 2014).

Summary

In a forest in the mountains of Northern Italy, a man finds a hut that belonged to his ancestors and decides to refurbish it. As he works, a single stroke of his pick changes his life forever. Opening up a wall cavity, he finds the mummified bodies of three women: their bones were engraved with signs, maybe letters from a mysterious and unknown alphabet. What is the story of the three women? Who hid them there? What terrible message are those letters trying to communicate? The man embarks on a search for the truth, while the three mummies begin to infest his thoughts and dreams, turning them into nightmares and hallucinations. Immersed in an untamed and powerful nature, visited by a doe who seems to know everything and tries to protect him, the protagonist is sucked into his own obsessions, starting to confuse present and past, reality and imagination, trapping himself in a spiral of delusions and delirium that seems to be the only way to reach the truth, truth that can lead, once and for all, to perdition or salvation. Or maybe both.

A novel that describes the majesty of nature and the wickedness of men. Mauro Corona constructs a nocturnal world of dark and twilight, combining a gothic and gloomy imagination with realistic situations and places, offering the reader a mix of terror and sweetness.

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  • Author’s biography

    Mauro Corona (born 1950) is an Italian writer, mountaineer and sculptor. He has climbed numerous Italian and foreign peaks, opening over 300 climbing routes in the Dolomites of the Oltrepiave. His books include LA FINE DEL MONDO STORTO (Bancarella Prize 2011) and LA VOCE DEGLI UOMINI FREDDI (shortlisted for the Premio Campiello 2014).