HarperCollins Presents – A STORY OF OBJECTS; A collection of stories by Carlo Pizzati

A masterful exploration of how objects can have great power over life and the course it takes

NEW DELHI, February 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ —


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

Objects can hold great power over life and the course it takes. This short story collection explores the nuances of human experience as objects of sentimental value, nostalgic appeal or cultural significance testify and illuminate all that remains unsaid. A story of objects expertly demonstrates how the inanimate is far from lifeless.

Author Carlo Pizzati said“As our experience of life becomes digitized, objects seem to be depleted of the emotional meaning they held for most of us. And yet, objects are still often at the center of so many stories. In this collection, the objects act as a mirror against which the emotions and dynamics of the protagonists are projected, sometimes they themselves become central characters, sometimes they are only secondary characters, emphasizing the love between a mother and a sons, between lovers, new or old, or are only a memory that tells something of a life that is no more.

Prena Gillcommissioning editor, HarperCollins India, says: “Unpredictable and evocative, A story of objects takes you into a world where things with sentimental value or nostalgic appeal spread tendrils of change, enrichment and growth through so many lifetimes. With its unforgettable characters and sharp prose, this book is a treat for everyone.”


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


“What wonderful pleasure, what pleasure to read Carlo’s short stories! It uses a wonderfully unusual premise, each story is accessed through the world of an object and its intricate and inevitable entanglement with people’s lives – a wind-up cockroach that signals the end of an adventure, a smartphone universe that traps its users in an idyllic country home, a single leaf holder that becomes a crutch, a missing umbrella that unleashes great evil, a gun that is hidden to be found, a stolen sweater that reveals family history, a mask that captures all the precariousness of our pandemic lives. These are stories that speak to the social biography of things and open up to us world after world of drama, tension, urgency, making us rethink, reevaluate the way we negotiate, in our daily lives, the things we own and the things that possess us.’

Janice Parity

Fiction | Paperback | 228 pages | INR 399
Carlo Pizzati is an award-winning author of ten fiction and non-fiction books
Release February 12, 2022

About HarperCollins Publishers India

HarperCollins Publishers India is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers. HarperCollins India publishes some of the best writers from the Indian subcontinent and around the world, releasing around 200 new books every year, with a print and digital catalog of over 2,000 titles spread across 10 editions. Its authors have won almost all major literary awards including Man Booker Prize, JCB Prize, DSC Prize, New India Foundation Prize, Atta Galatta Prize, Shakti Bhatt Prize, Gourmand Cookbook Prize, Publishing Next Prize , the Tata Literature Live Award, Gaja Capital Business Book Award, BICW Award, Sushila Devi Award, Prabha Khaitan Woman’s Voice Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Crossword Book Award. HarperCollins India has received 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 best publishers in the world including Egmont, Oneworld, Harvard University Press, Bonnier Zaffre, Usborne, Dover and Lonely Planet.

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