Everything calls for salvation

by Mencarelli, Daniele, 1974-

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From one of the most exciting voices in a new generation of Italian writers, a powerful and moving novel that explores both the darkest recesses and the most luminous regions of the human heart

June 1994. Twenty-year-old Daniele wakes up in a hospital room, confused and surrounded by strangers. Slowly, memories of the previous night return to him: a spiral of anxiety and anger, an explosion of violence so intense that it almost inflicted irreparable damage to him and his family... To his horror, Daniele learns from the doctors that he's been sentenced to a week of mandatory treatment in a psychiatric ward.

Writing with lucid realism and stunning emotional force, and drawing from the author's own personal experience of mental illness, Mencarelli chronicles Daniele's seven days in the hospital as he struggles to find a way out of the darkness. Daniele finds unexpected companions in his fellow patients--men who, like him, have felt the full brunt of life's pain. Together they will realize the hidden strength and value of their common fragility and of the boundless empathy they feel towards others.

By focusing on some of the most marginalized people in our society, Mencarelli has written a heartbreaking and unforgettable novel that challenges our notion of normality and celebrates the salvific power of solidarity and vulnerability.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A young Italian man is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward in Mencarelli's evocative work of autofiction, his English-language debut. In June 1994, 20-year-old Daniele Mencarelli wakes up in a hospital bed. He attacked his father the night before during a psychotic break and has been committed for seven days. The doctors­­--one of whom Daniele dislikes immediately, though another seems genuinely compassionate­­--promise a diagnosis and treatment plan for him despite his long history of seeking help but seeing few results. His fellow patients include Mario, a calm older man, catatonic Alessandro, and the queer and flamboyant Gianluca. The days crawl by, with disappointing food, sweltering heat, and visits from patients' family members (some more supportive than others). Meanwhile, gruff behavior by nurses and forgetful doctors undercut any therapeutic aspects of Daniele's time in the hospital, and as his days there wind down, unexpected crises reshape his experience. Mencarelli captures Daniele's muddled emotional state--a blend of shame, confusion, and chafing at restrictions--in powerful, compact scenes. With its bracing view of the hero's interior world, this meditative novel viscerally excoriates the failings of his treatment. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Mental illness -- Fiction.
Psychiatric hospitals -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :Europa Editions,2022
Other Titles Tutto chiede salvezza.
Contributors Wheatley, Wendy. translator.
Language English
Notes Translation of: Tutto chiede salvezza.
Awards Winner of the Strega Youth Prize, 2020
Description 163 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781609458065
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