THE PHENOMENAL INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
'An anti-fascist history lesson disguised as a novel' New York Times
'The novel Italy has been waiting for. A masterpiece' Roberto Saviano
A startling look into the fascist mindset, a portrait of unrelenting determination, and an impeccable work of historical fiction.
M tells the story of the rise of fascism from within the mind of its founder. A gripping and masterful expose, it explores Benito Mussolini's rise to power and a movement that, amidst a failing democracy, came to shape the world.
'Panoptic and polyphonic, Scurati's book gives us the experiences of the fearful and the feared, the rhetoric of both the revolutionaries and the reactionaries ... an immense mosaic' Lucy Hughes-Hallett, New Statesman
'An indisputable literary achievement ... Italo Calvino would have loved it' El Pais
Antonio Scurati was born in Naples in 1969 and lives in Milan. He is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Creative writing at the IULM University in Milan and a columnist for Corriere della Sera. He is the author of various novels which have won an array of literary prizes in Italy, and M: The Son of the Century is the first to be translated into English. The first in a quartet of novels about Mussolini and the rise of fascism, it was the winner of the 2019 Strega award and has been translated into forty languages.