In The Last Man Standing, Italian author Davide Longo's first novel to be translated into English, a double apocalypse transforms a literary author into a hero when his country deteriorates into anarchy after an economic collapse. Leonardo has trashed his career and his family and retreated to the village of his birth. As Italy descends into chaos with fuel, food, and services getting more scarce month by month, he sits in a room full of thousands of books waiting for things to improve.
One day his ex-wife appears with their 16-year-old daughter Lucia and her troubled son by a second marriage. She leaves the children with Leonardo to go in search of her husband who has not been heard from for months after being sent to the Swiss border as a military engineer. Though having promised to return in two weeks, there is no further word from her.
Incident after incident of increasing...
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