As God Commands (novel)

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As God Commands
As God Commands (novel).jpg
Cover of As God Commands
Author Niccolò Ammaniti
Original title Come Dio comanda
Translator Jonathan Hunt[1]
Country Italy
Language Italian
Genre Fiction narrative
Media type Print
Pages 495
ISBN 8804502797
OCLC 74311261

As God Commands (Italian: Come Dio comanda), also known as The Crossroads,[2] is a novel by Niccolò Ammaniti.

It has won the 2007 Strega Prize.[2]

In 2008, director Gabriele Salvatores adapted the novel into a film of the same name.


It tells the misadventure of Cristiano Zena, 13 year-old, and his father Rino in an Italian suburban area.


The Guardian described the novel as "overexplicit" and flipping "over into the truly grotesque".[2] The New Yorker outlined the story of the novel as "grim but redemptive".[3] The Los Angeles Times praised the novel "as gritty as it is suspenseful".[4]

As God Commands won the 2007 Strega Prize with 144/356 votes.[5]


  1. ^ a b "As God commands". WorldCat. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Litt, Toby (24 January 2009). "The Italian job". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  3. ^ "As God Commands". The New Yorker. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  4. ^ Marler, Regina (23 November 2009). "'As God Commands' by Niccolò Ammaniti". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Niccolò Ammaniti vince il Premio Strega" (in Italian). Il Sole 24 Ore. 6 July 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2015.

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