HarperCollins presents – A HISTORY OF OBJECTS; A collection of stories by Carlo Pizzati

HarperCollins presents - A HISTORY OF OBJECTS; A collection of stories by Carlo Pizzati

New Delhi [India], February 11 (ANI/PRNewswire): ABOUT THE BOOK

A candy box reveals a son’s true feelings for his mother. A fish sculpture creeps into a budding and healthy relationship. A splint on a music teacher’s finger threatens to expose a secret.

Objects can come to hold great power over life and the course it takes. This collection of short stories explores the nuances of the human experience as objects of sentimental value, nostalgic appeal or cultural significance bear witness and shed light on all that remains unsaid. A History of Objects expertly demonstrates the ways in which the inanimate are far from lifeless.

Author Carlo Pizzati says, “As our experience of life becomes more digitalised, objects seem to be impoverished of the emotional meaning they held for most of us. And yet, objects are still often at the centre of so many stories. In this collection, objects act as a mirror against which the emotions and dynamics of the protagonists are projected. Sometimes they become central characters themselves, sometimes they are only side characters, underlining the love between a mother and a son, between lovers, new or old, or are just a memento that tells something of a life that no longer is.”

Prerna Gill, Senior Commissioning Editor, HarperCollins India, says, “Unpredictable and evocative, A History of Objects leads you to a world where things of sentimental value or nostalgic appeal spread tendrils of change, enrichment and growth through so many lives. With its unforgettable characters and sharp prose, this book is a treat for all.”


Carlo Pizzati is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction. He is a political analyst for La Stampa and a professor of theory of communication at the Asian College of Journalism. He has won the Leonardo International Prix and the Igor Man Prize.


‘What marvellous fun, what pleasure to read Carlo’s short stories! He employs a wonderfully unusual premise, each story is accessed through the world of an object and their intricate, inescapable entanglement with people’s lives–a wind-up cockroach that signals the end of a fling, a smartphone universe that traps its users in an idyllic country cottage, a single sheet stand that becomes a crutch, a missing umbrella that unleashes great evil, a gun that’s hidden to be found, a stolen sweater that reveals family history, a mask that captures all the precarity of our pandemic lives. Here are stories that speak to the social biography of things, and open up for us world after world of drama, tension, urgency, making us rethink, reassess how we negotiate, in our daily lives, the things we own, and the things that own us.’

— Janice Pariat

Fiction | Paperback | 228 pages | INR 399

Carlo Pizzati is an award-winning author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction

Releasing 12 February 2022

HarperCollins Publishers India is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers. HarperCollins India publishes some of the finest writers from the Indian Subcontinent and around the world, publishing approximately 200 new books every year, with a print and digital catalogue of more than 2,000 titles across 10 imprints. Its authors have won almost every major literary award including the Man Booker Prize, JCB Prize, DSC Prize, New India Foundation Award, Atta Galatta Prize, Shakti Bhatt Prize, Gourmand Cookbook Award, Publishing Next Award, Tata Literature Live Award, Gaja Capital Business Book Prize, BICW Award, Sushila Devi Award, Prabha Khaitan Woman’s Voice Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and the Crossword Book Award.

HarperCollins India has been awarded the Publisher of the Year Award four times: at Publishing Next in 2015, and at Tata Literature Live! in 2016, 2018 and 2021. HarperCollins India also represents some of the finest publishers in the world including Egmont, Oneworld, Harvard University Press, Bonnier Zaffre, Usborne, Dover and Lonely Planet.

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