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The Fugitive [Paperback]

By Massimo Carlotto & Antony Shugaar (Translator)
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Tells the story of a man falsely accused of a crime in Italy who flees to the French underworld before traveling to a Mexico besieged by guerrilla warfare.

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Massimo Carlotto's odyssey began in 1976 when, as a member of a militant leftwing organization that had fallen awry of the ruling powers, he was arrested and falsely accused of murder. Unwilling to play the role of fall guy in a political power struggle, he chose to flee the country rather than wait for a verdict that the whole country knew was a foregone conclusion. He first went into hiding in the French underworld and then made his way to a Mexico embroiled in bloody class conflict. Betrayed by a Mexican lawyer, he returned to Italy in 1985 and spent six years in prison, during which time the "Carlotto case" became Italy's most famous legal fiasco.
Carlotto was finally freed with a presidential pardon in 1993. Subsequently, his case helped bring about significant changes to the Italian criminal code to ensure that similar judicial travesties would never happen again. The Fugitive is the first book Carlotto wrote as a free man. Virtually a handbook on how to live life on the run, The Fugitive is also a novel full of underworld characters and moments that Carlotto recounts in the prose that has become his trademark.

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Pages   162
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Europa Editions
ISBN  1933372257  
ISBN13  9781933372259  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Massimo Carlotto's first book, an autobiographical novel entitled The Fugitive, deals with his time on the run in Latin America. Carlotto is one of the most important exponents of the Mediterranean Noir novel and has been called an Italian James Ellroy.

Massimo Carlotto was born in 1956.

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"Life on the run is like the blues; it's a state of mind."  Aug 22, 2007
When I first came across the novels of Italian crime writer, Massimo Carlotto, he instantly became a great favourite. "Death's Dark Abyss" and "The Goodbye Kiss" are both incredibly dark crime novels, some of the best noir I've read recently. But there was something about these two novels that I couldn't quite put my finger on.... I decided there was something 'different' about the author. This was a man who'd experienced things most of us, fortunately, never will. Only a man who saw everything he'd ever believed in systematically stripped away could have written these novels. If you've read any of his books, you'll know what I'm talking about.

A blurb on the back of one of Carlotto's books revealed that he'd been imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, and after reading that, I decided that this must hold the key to the author's stark world vision. I tried finding out more on the internet, but couldn't. So when I saw that Carlotto had written an account of his life on the run, well, I had to read it.

"The Fugitive" is an account of what happened to Carlotto when he decided to flee from a lengthy jail sentence for a crime he did not commit. He spends some time in Europe before fleeing, against the advice of friends, to Mexico. It's in Mexico that he's finally caught and returned to Italy. This highly personal account describes the characters the author meets, the people who help him and the people who betray him. Beaten and tortured by the police, a witness to the death of a mysterious cellmate, Carlotto is almost grateful to return to Italy where years of fighting the judicial system await him.

Carlotto never spares his fictional characters, so it should come as no surprise that he doesn't spare himself either. He describes his battle with bulimia, the toll a fugitive life takes on his body, and his desperate longing to return to his family. Finally, he even contemplates suicide as the ultimate way to avoid prison. This is not a traditional memoir, so Carlotto doesn't approach it in any normal fashion. It's uniquely his, and it is perfect--displacedhuman
Carlotto, The Fugitive  May 17, 2007
Although Carlotto is allegedly a major novelist in Europe, this memoir is disorganized, rambling, and boring. Its only virtue is its brevity. Do not waste your money.

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