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04 Bertola, Via delle Magnolie 11 28 Nardi, La via perfetta

5 Bonvissuto, La gioia fa parecchio 29 Oggero, Il gioco delle ultime volte
rumore 30 Parrella, Almarina
6 Campani, I passi nel bosco 32 Pezzali, Amare tutto
7 Cappagli, Ricordati di Bach 33 Pomella, I colpevoli
8 Cassar Scalia-De Cataldo 34 Presta, Fate come se non ci fossi
De Giovanni, Tre passi per un delitto 35 Scarpa, La penultima magia
9 Comencini, L’altra donna 36 Seminara, I segreti del giovedí sera
10 De Bellis-Fiorillo, Il diritto dei lupi 37 Sottili, Senti che vento
11 De Cataldo, Io sono il castigo 38 Starnone, Confidenza
12 De Cataldo, Un cuore sleale 40 Starnone, Via Gemito
14 Di Pietrantonio, Borgo Sud 41Vecchioni, Lezioni di volo
16 Fois, Pietro e Paolo e di atterraggio
18 Frandino, È quello che ti meriti 42 Venezia, Via del Riscatto
19 Imai Messina, Tokyo tutto l’anno 44 Wu Ming 1, La macchina del vento
20 Lagioia, La città dei vivi 46 Vitali, Il metodo del dottor Fonseca
22 Lodoli, Il preside
23 Lucarelli, L’inverno piú nero
24 Mannocchi, Io Khaled vendo uomini
e sono innocente
25 Marino, Svegliami a mezzanotte
26 Maurensig, Pimpernel
27 Milone, L’arte di legare le persone

Is the Boscolo family normal? Not exactly.
Almost all of them live in an apartment building at Via delle Magnolie 11 and they are not
averse to fake murders, rigged competitions, and illicit love affairs. In short, they have a
very particular code of ethics. Otherwise, why would they continue to rent the apartment
on the second floor to Lorenzo, that womanizer, without even informing its legitimate
owner? And why would they hire a private investigator disguised as a palm tree to keep
her – the legitimate owner – from finding out?
This first chapter of the Boscolo saga started out during the lockdown as a novel in install-
ments, a powerful antidote to the limitations of forced reclusion. The book is spellbind-
ing thanks to its characters and their wild adventures; the scenario that doesn’t have much
in common with real life but it does have all of real life’s worldly-wise, irrepressible mad-

STEFANIA BERTOLA, the author of

many successful books, has published
with Einaudi Il primo miracolo di George
Harrison (2010), Romanzo rosa (2012),
Ragazze mancine (2013), Ragione
& sentimento (2017), and Divino amore

€ 17,00 • pp. 240


There is an us and there is a me: this is what the world teaches us. Bonvissuto
sings of Rome but above all he sings of an absolute, fulminating love which
ignites in the soul of a boy and teaches him everything.

Mixing high and low, as did his book Dentro, and alternating digressions and extraordi-
nary scenes, the new novel by Bonvissuto starts like a philosophical treatise on love.
But, as opposed to many other passions, the passion for soccer lasts an entire lifetime and
it never stops burning, for better or, above all, for worse. This flame is the fulcrum of a mi-
crocosm of fathers, grandfathers, uncles, fellow fans of the A.S. Roma soccer team, a true
community, joyous and infinite, which can initiate you in life. Sharing defeats, the couch
on which the entire family “watches” the radio, the epic construction of a flag to take to
the stadium along with the omelet sandwiches... Then there’s Barabba, who lives in a
camper near the train tracks: he will reveal to the boy how many universes there are, con-
centrated in a single soccer jersey. Number five. It is worn by an atypical Brazilian, a mid-
in Rome. He is a waiter in a pub and fielder who tiptoes onto the scene and makes the forbidden dream of every fan come true,
has a degree in Philosophy. In 2012, that unnameable word, “championship”.
he published with Einaudi Dentro.
He is one of the authors of Scena “A love story like you’ve never seen before”.
padre (Einaudi 2013).
Diego De Silva

€ 18,50 • pp. 200 France (Métailié)


Some men safeguard secrets; instead, others are made of the same
substance as secrets. They don’t seem to have a past, or they have too many.
Luchino is one of these men: elusive, loved and hated by one and all, distant
and yet so present.

It is the period of logging, a collective rite which brings together all the inhabitants of
a small community in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. Everyone gathers, even if it’s
only to have a look around or drink a few glasses with the others. But it isn’t just the
woodcutters and their families: there are many other familiar and less familiar faces.
Luchino shows up, too; some townspeople had whispered that he had returned, even
though no one had seen him yet. But then, that’s Luchino for you: he went out into
the world a while back, for who knows what adventures, and now he has come back,
when it suits him best.
SANDRO CAMPANI lives and works
His presence does not go unobserved. Everyone expects something from him, everyone
in a town in the Tuscan-Emilian has a grudge, a regret, a wound, a score to settle, feelings which need to be confirmed.
Apennines, where he was born in 1974. All of them will be disappointed.
He has published È dolcissimo non Sandro Campani has a unique talent: he gives voice to the
appartenerti piú (Playground 2005), forest, to the wind which whips the trees, to the fragrance
Nel paese del Magnano (Italic Pequod
of the soil after a rainfall. And he does so with a writing
2010), and La terra nera (Rizzoli 2013).
With Einaudi he has published Il giro
style as precise and implacable as the blow of an ax.
del miele (2017).

MARCH 2020
e 19,50 • pp. 248

After the success of Niente caffè per Spinoza, Alice Cappagli returns to
tell the story of a passion that is so powerful it can change your life. Be-
cause music is also a way of life.

“If the ways of heaven are infinite, those of music are equally numerous.
The story I’m about to tell is, to a large extent, my own”.
Alice Cappagli

Cecilia was eight years old when a nerve in strument will become hers. Because a true
her left hand was injured in an accident teacher really does teach everything: even
but she doesn’t lose heart; she learns to how to live. And, to Cecilia, music is a way
play the cello. Then she is accepted at a of life, something that is transformed into
conservatory, one of the serious ones. destiny. Maybe, in the end, this is why she
Slowly she discovers what it means to cut doesn’t yield, neither to her hand nor to
ALICE CAPPAGLI is from Livorno and
for over thirty years she has played the her fingertips on the strings, she learns deceit. Because she lives the only way she
cello in the Teatro alla Scala orchestra. solfeggio and harmony, she makes pro- knows how to.
She has a degree in Philosophy and gress and slips back, she is disheartened
in 2010 she published, with Statale 11, and amazed. She teaches her hand, she
a music-based short story entitled
challenges it. And she finds an energy that
Una grande esecuzione. With Einaudi,
she has published Niente caffè per seems to spring directly from her efforts.
Spinoza (2019). Her teacher Smotlak bets on her as though
betting on a horse. Unbeknownst to her,
she bets money, bows, instruments, even
that beautiful cello she has lent the girl for
the competitions. But Cecilia offers her
the ultimate bet: if she wins the competi-
tion to be admitted to the Scala, that in-

e 17,50 • pp. 264 Arabian language (Al-Karma Books)


Three people who, for different reasons, were involved in a murder offer their
interpretation of the facts.
One knows the truth. One manipulates it. One doesn’t seem to care.
Each one has the voice of a different author.

A beautiful young woman who works in the world of Rome’s art galleries is found dead in
her apartment. A policeman follows the lead of a crime of passion: he is expert, ambitious,
fairly unscrupulous, and he soon comes to a conclusion.
His voice is that of Giancarlo De Cataldo.
An ophthalmologist, she lives in Catania. The victim’s lover, a wealthy businessman whose interests are not crystal clear, is the pri-
Her books Sabbia nera (Einaudi, “Stile mary suspect: she wanted to break up with him.
Libero”, 2018) and La logica della lampara His voice is that of Maurizio de Giovanni.
(Einaudi, “Stile Libero”, 2019) brought to life
a new and very successful serial character,
deputy commissioner Vanina Guarrasi. The businessman’s wife has always been aware of the affair between her husband and the
young woman: it appears that it never bothered her.
GIANCARLO DE CATALDO (Taranto 1956) Her voice is that of Cristina Cassar Scalia.
is a magistrate, author, screenwriter,
and playwright. He became famous with
Romanzo Criminale (Einaudi, “Stile Libero”, The versions of the crime are different, at least initially. They all represent a small step to-
2002). His most recent books include ward the surprise solution of the incident.
L’agente del caos (Einaudi, “Stile Libero”,
2018) and Alba nera (Rizzoli 2019).


is a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter.
He became famous thanks to Commissioner
Ricciardi and the Bastardi di Pizzofalcone STILE LIBERO
series. His most recent books include Le JULY 2020
parole di Sara (Rizzoli 2019) and Il pianto € 17,00 • pp. 200
dell’alba (Einaudi, “Stile Libero”, 2019). 978880624358-6


It all began with an affair between a 25-year-old woman and a much older man. Elena
and Pietro chose each other and they decided to exclude the wounds of their previous
lives from their relationship. They make love with the gusto of people who don’t have a
worn-out marriage behind them, they drink caipirinhas when he gets back late, they on-
ly concentrate on what makes them happy at that precise moment. They have a mature
relationship, carefree and unconditioned. Obviously, it’s not destined to last.
And in fact, their former lives manage to sneak back into this effortless daily life and to
pollute it with the germ of confrontation. Basically, all it takes to upset the equilibrium
is a former wife who is ready to do anything it takes to meet her ex-husband’s new com-
panion. She is even willing to pretend to be someone else in order to gain the other
woman’s trust and dig into her intimacy, her memories, her traumas. Enraptured by the
power of a friendship based on a lie, Elena and Maria begin to mirror themselves in
each other, to mercilessly recount themselves and their differences, to offer each other
CRISTINA COMENCINI is an author, those issues which couldn’t surface with Pietro.
director, and playwright. Her novels, After Da soli, Cristina Comencini’s sharp and revealing writing style once again illumi-
published until now by Feltrinelli, include nates the vortexes and doldrums of adult life, this time from the point of view of two fe-
Le pagine strappate (1991 Air Inter male rivals whose only point in common seems to be the same man, but at different pe-
Prize), Passione di famiglia (1994
Rapallo Prize), Il cappotto del turco
riods of their existence. Like the comedies of Yasmina Reza, Comencini recounts small
(1997 Alghero Donna National Prize), conspiracies and silent wars, fierce generational confrontations and sudden acts of
Matrioska (2002), La bestia nel cuore sweetness: because, deep down, even the worst acts of sabotage can hide the key to sal-
(2004), L’illusione del bene (2007), vation.
Quando la notte (2009), Lucy (2013),
and Voi non la conoscete (2014).
Her film based on La bestia nel cuore
received an Oscar nomination for best
foreign film. With Einaudi she has
published Essere vivi (2016 and 2017)
and Da soli (2018 and 2019).

e 18,00 • pp. 184


Cicero at his first important trial and a former centurion dealing with a shady
investigation. Part legal thriller and part hard-boiled detective story, an action-
packed novel that takes place in ancient Rome, a city that – like New York or
London today – is, above all, a world capital.

79 BC. Rome is a gigantic, violent metropolis, where vice and politics ceaselessly inter-
Wrapped in the darkness of the Suburra district, four hired assassins burst into a high-
class brothel where a party is taking place. The massacre only lasts a few seconds, and one
of the corpses is that of a future senator. Right away, the hunt for the culprit begins: the
main suspect is Marco Garrulo, known as Mezzo Asse – the sole survivor of the blood-
STEFANO DE BELLIS (1973) is an bath and the brothel’s owner – but the man has disappeared. Many people are searching
administrative computer consultant. for him: one of them, who has been hired by the social climber Crasso, is the veteran Tito
Annio; he is accompanied by the gigantic Roman Gaul Gabello and by Astragalo, an old
biologist and science popularizer.
legionnaire full of memories and wine.
They are both aficionados of history, During that same period, the former vestal virgin Cecilia Metella, an influential matron,
noir, movies, and comics. This is their asks young Cicero to defend one of her protégés, Sesto Roscio, who has been accused of
first novel. patricide. It is a delicate trial, not only because of the seriousness of the accusation, but
because of the interests and power struggles hidden in the folds of the case.
Over both these incidents, which will prove to be connected, looms the shadow of Silla,
the Dictator, who for years has governed unopposed. In order to get to the truth of the
matter, Tito will have to deal with brawls, ambushes, sentimental complications, deter-
mined women, and memorable hangovers; instead, Cicero will discover that, at court, not
only is the destiny of Sesto on the line, but his as well, and perhaps even the survival of
the Republic.

€ 22,00 • pp. 800


The first serial character created by Giancarlo De Cataldo.

Manrico Spinori della Rocca, Public Pros- tics: Rick is very, very good at his job. The
ecutor in Rome. He has a very special, per- most recent case he is investigating involves
sonal method for solving cases: he search- the death of Ciuffo d’Oro, a pop singer from
es for a corresponding opera. Because the 1960s who later became a powerful re-
there is no human experience – including cord industry guru. At first, it was consid-
crime – which hasn’t already been recount- ered a car accident but it wasn’t: someone
ed in an opera. killed him. Rick, with the help of an all-fe-
male investigative team, gets to work. And,
An eccentric type: this is how acquaintances as always, the plot of a melodrama will pro-
define Public Prosecutor Manrico Spinori vide the key to solving the mystery.
della Rocca, aka Rick. A gentleman from an
old noble family, he carries his sixty years “For a long time, I thought about a protago-
RIGHTS SOLD well. What is most amusing is that he is a nist who could keep me company for many
France (Métailié) die-hard opera fan but even the most skepti- books. Now I have found him”.
cal commenters must face up to the statis- Giancarlo De Cataldo

GIANCARLO DE CATALDO was born in Taranto and lives in Rome. With Einaudi “Stile
Libero” he has published: Teneri assassini (2000); Romanzo criminale (2002) which, after
the popular film version directed by Michele Placido, also became a TV series which aired
over two seasons in 2008 and 2009 on Sky; Nero come il cuore (2006, his debut novel);
Nelle mani giuste (2007); Onora il padre. Quarto comandamento (2008); Il padre e lo
straniero (2010); with Mimmo Rafele, La forma della paura (2009); Trilogia criminale (2009);
I traditori (2010); with Andrea Camilleri and Carlo Lucarelli, Giudici (2011); Io sono il Libanese
(2012); with Massimo Carlotto and Gianrico Carofiglio, Cocaina (2013); with Carlo Bonini,
STILE LIBERO Suburra (2013), which because of a Netflix series has been distributed in 190 countries, and
MAY 2020 La notte di Roma (2015); with Maurizio de Giovanni, Diego De Silva and Carlo Lucarelli,
€ 18,00 • pp. 250 Giochi criminali (2014); Nell’ombra e nella luce (2014); with Steve Della Casa and Giordano
978880624520-7 Saviotti, the graphic novel Acido fenico (2016) and, in 2018, L’agente del caos.


After Io sono il castigo, a new investigation for the opera-loving magistrate

created by Giancarlo De Cataldo: he solves crimes by finding inspiration in

Christmas is coming and the public prosecutor doubt, the right man is Manrico Spinori della
Manrico Spinori, known as Rick, is by himself in Rocca, who, as an aristocrat who was “born
cold, rainy Rome: the ideal conditions for con- rich”, knows how to deal with the rich. He
centrating on a crime that seems to be an enigma, doesn’t mind the assignment at all, after all, it
an authentic “locked-room mystery”. comes during a moment of perfect tranquility:
When the sea at Ostia washes up the corpse of his mother the countess, a compulsive gambler, is
Ademaro Proietti – a successful businessman and in the mountains with her trusted manservant;
an important person in Rome’s political-econom- his son is in America with his ex-wife; and even
ic equilibrium – it doesn’t take long to under- his new flame, Maria Giulia, is gone for a few
stand that the still handsome 70-year-old man did days. So, with the help of his all-female team, in
not drown as the result of an accident: someone which Inspector Cianchetti – as boorish as she is
RIGHTS SOLD hit him on the head and threw him into the water. efficient – increasingly excels, he gets to work.
France (Métailié) Moreover, the crime cannot have been commit- The case is quite complicated, in part because the
ted on board the yacht owned by the victim, who six suspects start some masterful role playing.
had gone off to do some fishing with his three But Rick doesn’t let himself be fooled, nor will he
sons, his son-in-law, the ship’s captain, and a sail- be stopped by the bureaucracy which wants him
or. But since the investigation involves an impor- off the case. And, following his own bizarre
tant family, and has created a frenzy of media methods, in the end he discovers the truth lurk-
coverage, the district attorney Melchiorre has no ing in a “disloyal heart”.

GIANCARLO DE CATALDO was born in Taranto and lives in Rome. With Einaudi “Stile
Libero” he has published: Teneri assassini (2000); Romanzo criminale (2002) which, after
the popular film version directed by Michele Placido, also became a TV series which aired
over two seasons in 2008 and 2009 on Sky; Nero come il cuore (2006, his debut novel);
Nelle mani giuste (2007); Onora il padre. Quarto comandamento (2008); Il padre e lo
straniero (2010); with Mimmo Rafele, La forma della paura (2009); Trilogia criminale (2009);
I traditori (2010); with Andrea Camilleri and Carlo Lucarelli, Giudici (2011); Io sono il Libanese
STILE LIBERO (2012); with Massimo Carlotto and Gianrico Carofiglio, Cocaina (2013); with Carlo Bonini,
Suburra (2013), which because of a Netflix series has been distributed in 190 countries, and
NOVEMBER 2020 La notte di Roma (2015); with Maurizio de Giovanni, Diego De Silva and Carlo Lucarelli,
€ 17,00 • pp. 256 Giochi criminali (2014); Nell’ombra e nella luce (2014); with Steve Della Casa and Giordano
978880624520-7 Saviotti, the graphic novel Acido fenico (2016) and, in 2018, L’agente del caos.


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Some families shatter like waves on the shoreline: a sudden crash, followed by
a long wake of foam. Other families are as large as an entire neighborhood; at
first, they make you feel at home but their embrace can become too confining.
Donatella Di Pietrantonio has a unique ability to recount the light and the
shadows of our closest ties.

The return of the unforgettable characters of L’Arminuta, the novel which conquered
300,000 readers, won the 2017 Campiello Prize, and has been translated in over 25 coun-

“Memory picks its cards from the deck, it switches them, and sometimes it cheats”.
It’s the darkest moment of the night, the moment before dawn, when her sister Adriana
pounds on the door with a newborn in her arms. They hadn’t seen each other in a while and
she didn’t even know Adriana was expecting a baby. Who is she running away from? And is
she truly in danger?
DONATELLA DI PIETRANTONIO lives Adriana is like the wind; she always ushers in a dynamic and impudent chaos, but above all, a
in Penne, in Abruzzo, where she works resolute need to look the truth in the face. Even the most uncomfortable, bitter truths. Thus,
as a pediatric dentist. She debuted with all of a sudden, the rooms are filled with voices, doubts, questions. About her husband Piero,
the novel Mia madre è un fiume (Elliot
for example, who inhabits those rooms as though he weren’t there, always absorbed by his
2011, Tropea Prize). With Einaudi,
she has published L’Arminuta (2017 work, so absent. Years later, an unexpected phone call forces her to flee from the French city
and 2019), winner of the 2017 Campiello where she had decided to settle down. It’s the beginning of an endless night of travel – both
Prize; and Bella mia, with which interior and exterior – which will take her back to Pescara, and more precisely to Borgo Sud,
she participated in the 2014 Strega Prize the town’s seaside district. There, in that impenetrable yet welcoming microcosm, with its
and won the Brancati Prize and the ironclad rules and hospitable yet brusque people, she will discover what really happened, and
Vittoriano Esposito Città di Celano Prize. perhaps make her peace with the past. Donatella Di Pietrantonio is back with an intense nov-
el, cover to cover, which, once again, brings together emotion and depth of gaze, literary style
and winning narration. The confirmation of a great author.

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Winner of the 55th Edition

of the Campiello Prize.

“Well then, you have to prove he is your friend”. Friendship is a complex
and very concrete value, in early-20th-century Nuoro, on the threshold of
the Great War. Paolo and Pietro grew up together, as though their two
families weren’t divided by the chasm that separates landowners from their
sharecroppers. But the outside world doesn’t have time for purity.
Marcello Fois returns to his homeland to recount the story of a bond which
was consumed by a promise and kept alive by a prayer.

Under the “rigid and impassible” January sky, Pietro and Paolo, grown men by now, are
about to encounter each again after a long separation. They both know it will be the last
time. Before, they had been inseparable: Pietro, the son of servants; Paolo, the masters’
son. An adolescence spent in harmony with nature, in the vivid heart of rugged Sardinia.
Their games, the words they said in order to know each better or to hurt each other, then
Lucia, “a young, wild acacia”. There are many ways to discover who you are, who you
want to become, the exact measure of your power.
MARCELLO FOIS (Nuoro 1960) lives When Paolo is called to arms, Pietro enlists as well, as a volunteer, to honor a promise
and works in Bologna. His many books which is more like a blood oath. His duty is to keep a close eye on his fragile friend, to
include Picta (Calvino Prize in 1992), watch over him, protect him. But the disparity in their relationship can no longer be ig-
Memoria del vuoto (Super Grinzane nored, the grammatical rules which Paolo used to explain to Pietro are now required:
Cavour, Volponi, and Alassio Prizes
in 2007), Stirpe (Città di Vigevano Prize
there are verbs, auxiliaries which permit the others to move in space and time.
and Frontino Montefeltro Prize in 2010), “Don’t leave me”, Paolo asks, and Pietro might betray him, or perhaps he will honor his
Nel tempo di mezzo (finalist for the promise, but after those days of bombs and battles, their lives – and those of their families
Campiello Prize and the Strega Prize in Sardinia – were destined to change forever.
in 2012), L’importanza dei luoghi comuni Until that morning in January when, once again, they find themselves face to face, in a
(2013), Luce perfetta (Mondello Prize
and Asti d’Appello Prize in 2016), Manuale
showdown during which, paradoxically, betrayal or rescue might be the same gesture.
di lettura creativa (2016), Quasi Grazia
(2016), Del dirsi addio (2017), and the
book of verses L’infinito non finire (2018).

€ 17,50 • pp. 160 World Spanish rights (Hoja de Lata)


“The story of a wounded, obstinate marriage which is on the point of

dying and yet doesn’t. What petty and harsh cruelties can people inflict
on each other when they choose to remain together despite everything?
To communicate through a few misunderstood words and many gestures
which start out like a caress and end up more like a slap? Claudia and
Antonio are conducting a skirmish in which the heart and the brain always
carry equal weight. And intelligence can even complicate things”.

“I asked Antonio, ‘Don’t you ever feel like leaving me?’ ‘Constantly’, he replied,
‘what about you?’ ‘Constantly’”.

Claudia is 42 years old. She’s a ghostwriter and knows how to weigh words and emotions.
Antonio is a famous TV host, an exuberant and charismatic man. They used to be very
much in love, now they’re learning to hate each other. The violence of the time they spend
BARBARA FRANDINO has published the
together – even when time is motionless – shocks both of them, as it drags them toward
young people’s book Jason. Avventure
di un supereroe paurosamente umano an unpredictable, almost noir, finale.
(Salani 2013) and the illustrated book Because there are two mysteries to resolve in this book. One is sentimental: what is this
Che paura (Fabbri 2017). This is her first love? What is the substance that keeps two people together, teetering between reciprocal
novel. need and a desire for revenge? But the other mystery regards Claudia and her guilt, which
she’ll keep hidden until the end.
Barbara Frandino has constructed a small and carefully calibrated novel, a concentration
of intelligence which can touch our deepest chords through its very clear-eyed and merci-
less female voice, which proceeds through subtraction and landslides. And through that
voice, and through Claudia’s eyes, readers might decode the book’s double mystery. And
they’ll find something which regards them very intimately.

€ 16,00 • pp. 148


Illustrated by Igort

Laura Imai Messina moved to Tokyo for study reasons: she thought she
would only be there for a few months, just the time it took to perfect her
Japanese. Instead, she remained for over fifteen years and fell deeply in love
with the big metropolis. She recounts her story in this book, with beautiful
illustrations by Igort: month by month, neighborhood by neighborhood,
the personal and daily portrait of one of the most fascinating, labyrinthine,
and seductive cities in the world.

Tokyo not only is one of the big global metropolises, it is also one of the cities with the
most history, traditions, symbols, and “signs”. It is a city where centuries-old traditions
live alongside otaku neighborhoods and manga aficionados, where one of the most effer-
vescent young cultures of the planet walks streets lined with small traditional restaurants.
It is a city where the frenetic pace of work and commerce alternates with the changing
seasons and the festivities, in which rites play a fundamental role because they are the cal-
endar which governs the life of its inhabitants. Laura Imai Messina recounts Tokyo with
a unique gaze, in which her knowledge of the customs and the streets hasn’t dulled the
freshness of her curiosity. To show us Japan’s capital, Imai Messina has divided the city in-
to neighborhoods, each one recounted during a particular month of the year. The places,
the streets, and the buildings take on the special light of that season, of the festivities
which animate it, of the daily customs of its inhabitants. She offers the reader a richness
and an authenticity which no guidebook or novel, alone, could ever provide.

LAURA IMAI MESSINA was born in Rome and graduated in Literature from La Sapienza University. She
moved to Tokyo when she was twenty-three to perfect her Japanese and has been living in Japan ever
since. She received her doctorate in Comparative Cultures from the International Christian University with
a thesis on the Japanese author Ogawa Yoko, and she received her PhD from the Tokyo University of
Foreign Studies. She is presently a lecturer in the Italian language at various universities in Tokyo. In March
2011 she founded the blog Giappone Mon Amour and the relative Facebook page which became, over
time, a reference point for aficionados of Japan and a window onto daily life in the Japanese metropolis.
FRONTIERE To date, the page has over 100,000 followers. In late October 2018, Vallardi published WA. La via
MAY 2020 giapponese all’armonia, a true bible for Japan lovers which is being published in Spain. With Piemme, she
e 18,50 • pp. 200 has published three novels, the most recent of which, Quel che affidiamo al vento, was published in
978880624421-7 January 2019 and has already been sold in over fifteen languages – including Japanese.


A novel that has all the impact of actual fact, a piece of investigative journalism that
hovers between In Cold Blood and True Detective, in 21st-century Rome.

From the murder case that has most profoundly roiled the consciences of Italy in
recent years comes a riveting, powerful novel that perfectly recounts our time and
the darkest abysses of the human soul. A book you won’t be able to put down until
the very last page. A book that’s hard to forget.

What is the face of Evil, at the beginning of the 21st century? In March 2016, in a nondescript apart-
ment on the outskirts of Rome, two young men from good families, named Manuel Foffo and Mar-
co Prato, torture a younger boy, Luca Varani – without any real motive – inflicting upon him a slow
and terrible death. The case immediately riveted the attention of the mass media and profoundly
troubled public opinion. Soon, it emerged that the killers had been leading secret lives, very differ-
ent from everything their friends and parents thought they knew about them. And even though the
NICOLA LAGIOIA was born in Bari in 1973, and relationship between them and their victim also soon became a topic of discussion, it was the nature
lives in Rome. In 2010 he was named one of
of the murder that prompted the most disturbing questions. Was this a terrible case of gratuitous
Italy’s best writers under forty. He is a jury
member of the Venice Film Festival and since violence? Were the murderers sadists? Lunatics? Did they really understand what they were doing?
2016 is the program director of the Turin Book Some even began to describe the murder as a case of satanic possession.
Fair. He has published the novels Tre sistemi per Nicola Lagioia engages us emotionally with this case from the very outset: he attends Varani’s funeral,
sbarazzarsi di Tolstoj (senza risparmiare se meets the boy’s parents, collects documents, interviews the chief figures involved in the murder, and car-
stessi) (minimum fax 2001, Lo Straniero Prize),
Occidente per principianti (Einaudi 2004),
ries on a lengthy correspondence with one of the killers. For him, setting out on the trail of the killing al-
Riportando tutto a casa (Einaudi 2009, Vittorini so means descending into the night of Rome, a city that has become unlivable and yet teems with life,
Prize, Volponi Prize, Viareggio Prize), La Ferocia besieged by rats and wild animals, overwhelmed by corruption and investigations, riven with narcotics
(Einaudi 2014, Strega Prize, Mondello Prize). and juvenile prostitution, and yet capable of giving the people who live there a sense of freedom unri-
Lagioia is a contributor to Italy’s most
valed by any other place on earth. A city that, at the time of this story, had no mayor, but two popes. La-
prominent culture pages, such as la Repubblica,
Il Venerdí, Internazionale, and La Stampa. gioia’s trek brings out the dark side of the times we live in, at once made up of expectations betrayed,
He is one of the anchors on Pagina3, a daily difficulties in becoming adults, inequalities, gaps in identity, alienation, and bewilderment. Once again,
news roundup on Radio3. His books have been Nicola Lagioia appears in our bookstores with a fascinating investigation into the deepest roots of Evil,
translated into fifteen languages. asking the most upsetting question of them all: what secrets can lurk behind the everyday lives of peo-
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We have become accustomed to the inevitable occupation of schools by students, a fall rite which
struggles to transmit energy, to communicate its protest and its objectives to the world. But some-
thing new happens in Marco Lodoli’s novel: this time, the principal wraps the chains around the
gates and occupies his own school, brandishing an old hunting rifle.
The media circus immediately gathers outside: journalists, television stations, the police, onlookers,
but also former students and peanut vendors, all trying to understand the reasons behind this ab-
surd gesture. Inside the school, the principal is in the company of a turbulent female professor and
a student who had locked themselves in one of the bathrooms to consummate a scandalous sexual
relation. But who is this principal, what does he want, why is he fighting the entire world? How did
such a crazy man become the head of a school? Is he a purist, a fanatic, desperate?
Slowly but surely, his story comes out, even though it’s still a mysterious story, something that
seems to swing between reality and a dream, between the inevitability of destiny and the vague-
ness of visions. Once gain, Lodoli recounts a concrete and metaphysical incident, the poetical jour-
ney of a man who, an instant before the end, would like to understand what has been; a principal
who hopes to find a meaning in the chaos of life, to learn the ultimate lesson.
MARCO LODOLI was born in Rome in 1956.
With Einaudi, he has published, among
others, the trilogy I principianti – which “Il preside concludes a cycle of twelve novels which began in 1989 with I fannulloni. Like the last,
includes I fannulloni (1990), Crampi (1992), pathetic string of a rickety violin played by a vagabond in a deserted piazza, the general title, I
and Grande Circo Invalido (1993); the novels poveri [‘The poor’] vibrates in my mind. Nuns, anarchists, illusionists, marathon runners, immi-
Il vento (1996), I fiori (1999), La notte grants, illegal taxi drivers, poets, Martians, criminals, professors, maids, young people, and retirees:
(2001), brought together in 2003 in the the invisible kingdom of the spirit opens up before all of them, and maybe it is only a simple illu-
trilogy I pretendenti; the novels Sorella
sion, a nice lie to pit against the sad truth of existence. And yet, each one seems to hear a sudden
(2008), Italia (2010), Vapore (2013), Diario
di un millennio che fugge (1997, first edition
call from a vaster sphere, where the time of struggle can melt into a universal breath, quiet and eter-
Theoria 1986); the collection of reviews nal. They are small adventuresome stories with lots of trials to overcome, contemporary fairy-tales
Fuori dal cinema (1999), as well as Isole. which intersect the wind – violent or soft – which blows here from elsewhere. Basically, I fear they
Guida vagabonda di Roma (2005), Snack are autobiographical pages of a person who didn’t know how to embrace life serenely, always threat-
Bar Budapest, with Silvia Bre (2008, first ened by the yearning for the absolute, by the onslaught of the imagination. Thus, my poor charac-
edition 1987), Il rosso e il blu. Cuori ed errori ters wander solitary through the city of Rome in search of something bigger than them: and in the
nella scuola italiana (2009), Nuove isole
end, maybe it’s only a bit of love, because love is what does away with the tight enclosures of exist-
(2014), Il fiume (2016), and Paolina (2018).
ence and opens out onto the unlimited generosity of the spirit.
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France (P.O.L.)

An Investigation by Commissioner De Luca
Un’indagine del Commissario De Luca
The winter of 1944 is, without a doubt, the “blackest win-
ter” for Bologna. The city is occupied, in the grips of the
cold, wounded by bombing raids. The Black Brigades
have reacted to the constant episodes of partisan guerrilla
warfare with such ferocity that even the German com-
mando finds itself in difficulty. De Luca is now a member
of the political police of Salò, and therefore an accomplice
of the torturers who have their headquarters in the facul-
ty of engineering, and to him those damned months are a
progressive slide into the depths of hell. Then something
happens. Three corpses are found in the Sperrzone, in the
center of Bologna – which is full of evacuees, guarded by
CARLO LUCARELLI (Parma 1960) is the
the soldiers of the Feldgendarmerie, a sort of ghetto
author of novels, essays, and scripts. His
most recent books published by Einaudi
whose porticoes resound with the sounds of the animals
“Stile Libero” include Albergo Italia brought in from the countryside. Three murders which
(2014), Il tempo delle iene (2015), Intrigo De Luca must investigate for three different clients with
italiano (2017), and Peccato mortale contrasting interests. Supporters of the Republic of Salò.
(2018). These latter two books marked The Germans. And above all, the colleagues of the “anti-
the return of Commissioner De Luca, fascist police headquarters”, a clandestine organization of
who had already starred in a trilogy
active policemen. In fact, a man has been unjustly accused
(published originally by Sellerio and
now by Einaudi “Stile Libero”) composed of the crimes, a man who, unbeknownst to the authorities,
of Carta bianca, L’estate torbida is an important member of the Resistance. What with eye-
and Via delle Oche. For many years now, witnesses who saw what they couldn’t have seen, impossi-
he hosts television programs in which ble alibis, and dead people who disappear like ghosts, De
he retraces famous crimes and examines Luca might just have an opportunity to redeem himself, at
the aspects which are still obscure. least in part, of his sins.


MARCH 2020 France (Métailié), Germany (Folio Verlag), Greece
e 18,00 • pp. 312
(Patakis), The Netherlands (Serena Libri)


What pushes a young Libyan man to become a human trafficker?

For the first time the migrants’ tragedy is told from the contradictory,
astonishing point of view of a trafficker: a victim of blackmail in a country
plunged in chaos.

The shocking confession of a human trafficker.

Khaled comes from Libya, he is just over thirty years old. He has joined the revolution
to depose Gaddafi, but the revolution turned out to be a failure. And so Khaled, who
had wanted to become an engineer and build a new country, is now a link in the chain
that handles the traffic of human beings. He organizes Mediterranean crossings, shunts
FRANCESCA MANNOCCHI works men, women and children from the southern borders to the detention centres: the legal
with several Italian and international prisons, and the illegal ones, where traffickers lock migrants awaiting passage and tor-
newspapers and televisions. She has
ture them, rape them, blackmail their families.
reported from Iraq, Libya, Lebanon,
Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Afghanistan. Khaled looks on, at times he joins in. He’s doing it for money, but doesn’t feel like a
She won the Giustolisi Prize with criminal, because he lives in a country where there seems to be no alternative to abuse.
an investigation into the trafficking Francesca Mannocchi, a journalist and documentary maker who has worked in conflict
of migrants and on Libyan jails. In 2016 zones and with migrants for many years, records Khaled’s voice, his words describing a
she was also awarded the Premiolino,
world where the line between good and evil is growing thinner.
the foremost Italian prize for journalism.
With photographer Alessio Romenzi,
she has co-directed the documentary
Isis, Tomorrow, presented at the 75th
Venice Film Festival.

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July 26, 2012: in an anonymous holiday resort, after a day spent at the
seaside, a young woman, who gave birth to a baby a few weeks earlier,
goes up to the top floor of an apartment building. She leans over the ledge
and throws herself into the void. Why did she do it? Why did she decide to
kill herself? We don’t know – and maybe, at that moment, she didn’t know,
either. But this attempted suicide failed and today, the young woman
wants to understand.

After surviving that crime against herself, Fuani Marino wonders why she did it. And she
does so in a searing book which progresses like a medical chart, in which the most im-
portant information is a difficult personal deposition. Navigating hereditary and envi-
ronmental factors, the author plumbs the diagnosis of bipolar disorder she was given.
She hypothesizes the causes, referring to scientific and literary publications, and to how
mental illness and suicide are considered today by neuroscience and anti-psychiatry.
FUANI MARINO (Naples 1980) is a This painstaking investigation raises questions about the warning signs and clues of a
psychologist and a journalist. She has complicated childhood, the anxieties of adolescence, the more conventional choices of
worked on the editorial staff of Corriere
del Mezzogiorno. In 2017, she published
adulthood: marriage, maternity. But the stages of her life are illuminated by a new light,
the novel Il panorama alle spalle (Scatole a clear-eyed acceptance of the suffering of her past and the impossibility to erase what
Parlanti editore). Her articles and short has been. And the author recounts her unexpected resurrection through the filter of this
stories have been published in Rivista awareness.
Studio, il Tascabile, and other journals. In Svegliami a mezzanotte, Fuani Marino uses literary characters and authors to recount
a true story, her own. In part memoir, in part a description of mental distress, and in part
a reflection on social and cultural stigma, Svegliami a mezzanotte is a powerful book
which courageously looks into the darkness without self-indulgence or sentimentality –
on the contrary, often with sharp self-irony. As painful as life can sometimes be, but
equally radiant with the hope it can bestow.

€ 17,00 • pp. 168

When an author like Maurensig opens a mysterious trunk, only marvels can
appear from the dusty sheets of paper. A delightful whirlwind about literary
fiction, an overwhelming story of love and death which could have been written
by Henry James.

“Every so often, beauty grazed me like the wing of an angel, only to leave me stunned and
Paul Temple is a young American author who is visiting Venice. Reserved and ambitious,
he is searching for inspiration for a new book. Venice is a wonder for spirits famished for
beauty: the lagoon, the antique shops, the showcases displaying Renaissance lutes, strolls
through the market, surrounded by furious geese and tubs teeming with eels. In one of
the city’s cosmopolitan and artistic salons, Mr. Temple meets Miss Annelien Bruins, blue
eyes and a dusting of freckles on her cheeks, she looks like a Pre-Raphaelite muse. Their
love story unfolds among canals, discussions of art, and even a seance. But Annelien has
a secret, a mystery from her past which makes her unhappy and their love story impossi-
PAOLO MAURENSIG was born in Gorizia ble. The new novel by Paolo Maurensig is a literary matryoshka doll, a delicate and pow-
and lives in Udine. He debuted in 1993
erful divertissement, like a story by Henry James or a painting by Canaletto.
with La variante di Lüneburg, which
has been translated into over twenty
languages. His novels include: Canone
inverso (1996), Venere lesa (1998),
Il guardiano dei sogni (2003), and
L’arcangelo degli scacchi (2013). In 2015,
he published Teoria delle ombre, which
won the Bagutta Prize. With Einaudi, he
has published Il diavolo nel cassetto
(2018) and Il gioco degli dèi (2019).

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“When I finished reading it, there was emotion. There was fear, amazement,
annoyance, tenderness. There was compassion. When I finished reading it,
I lived. How wonderful that L’arte di legare le persone has arrived. It isn’t
a novel; it isn’t an essay; it is a story that contains us. It preserves human
beings the way they have come into the world: there are those who heal,
those who are healed, those who remain in the middle. Paolo Milone has
composed an emotional mosaic that breathes the truth, from the first page
to the last”.
Marco Missiroli

In these past months, how many times have we found ourselves talking about doctors: he-
roes, martyrs, victims... Actually, rhetoric aside, they are men and women who are ex-
posed to suffering. Fragile, fallible, mortal. For forty years, Paolo Milone worked in an
emergency psychiatric ward, and this is exactly what he recounts. No holds barred.
PAOLO MILONE, a psychiatrist, was born Part Grey’s Anatomy and part Ronald Laing, sometimes even with laughter, the bursts
in Genoa in 1954. He worked in a Mental
Health Center and, later, in Emergency
and flashes of his portraits offer us a completely new gaze, rendering the dismay and the
Psychiatry for over thirtyfive years. impotence, the curiosity, the passion, the exasperation, and the endless chain of questions
This is his first book. that anyone who has chosen to “look into the abyss through the eyes of others” collects.
There is nothing rhetorical in these pages. There is a proliferation of stories, and the pow-
er of life that stops before nothing. There are nurses, doctors, patients, passers-by, ac-
quaintances, those who have fallen on one side and those who have fallen on the other of
that “well-thrown toss of the dice” that separates the healthy from the sick.
Readers will not put this book down without feeling a deep and lasting emotion, without
looking at the mentally ill in a completely different way, and, above all, without immedi-
ately discussing it with someone.

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Nanga Parbat: Mummery Spur
Nanga Parbat: sperone Mummery
Con Alessandra Carati

Narrated in the first person, the adventure of a man who left the province
of Latina and, despite countless difficulties and prejudices, followed his
dream of leaving his mark on the world of extreme mountaineering.

There are fourteen mountains on Earth which are over 8,000 meters high: Nanga Parbat is
one of them. It is the ninth in order of height and one of the most dangerous; in particular
if it is climbed along the Mummery Spur, a route no one has ever managed to complete.
Daniele Nardi, along with Tom Ballard, took on that spur in the wintertime. It was his
fourth attempt, the dream of his life, his obsession, as he himself admitted. Somehow, may-
be, the extraordinary ascents he had made were a way to prepare himself for that climb.
DANIELE NARDI (Sezze, June 24, 1976
- Nanga Parbat, February 2019) was the first He was aware of the risk but he was sure he’d make it this time.
mountaineer born south of the Po river, in Italy, Daniele was an optimist, like every great explorer. After all, only with optimism and deter-
to have climbed Mount Everest and K2, the mination could a young man from Sezze make his way in an environment which, in Italy,
two highest mountains in the world. His most
is traditionally reserved to men and women who grew up in the country’s northern valleys.
important climbs include: Cho Oyu (8,201 m),
Broad Peak (8,047 m), Nanga Parbat (8,125 m), Instead, the only mountain he had nearby for training was 1,536 meters high, the Sempre-
the Middle Peak of Shishapangma (8,027 m), visa, on whose peak he had spent the night when he was only fourteen years old and al-
and Aconcagua (6,962 m, the highest ready had very clear ideas about what he wanted to do with his life.
mountain in South America). He was a member
Daniele Nardi’s last endeavor was cut short a step before it was accomplished, but he knew
of many scientific expeditions and received
international awards. As a Human Rights this might happen; this is why he had contacted Alessandra Carati. Alessandra had worked
Ambassador across the globe, he supported with Daniele on this book for almost a year. She had followed him to the Nanga Parbat
solidarity projects in Nepal and Pakistan. base camp and, after returning to Italy, she remained in telephone contact with him up to
ALESSANDRA CARATI is an author, editor,
the last day. She found a message in her e-mail which was a commitment: finish the story.
and screenwriter. She has edited books such
as Le prime luci del mattino (Mondadori 2011);
La strada verso casa (Mondadori 2013);
È tutta vita (Mondadori 2015); and Quando
tutto inizia (Mondadori 2017), by Fabio Volo. NOVEMBER 2019
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Bestie da vittoria (Piemme 2016). 978880623991-6


A psychological thriller set in a mountain chalet. And the secrets and lies
are scarier than guns or knives.

For no reason, a beautiful 17-year-old girl throws herself in front of a streetcar in Turin.
And as she struggles between life and death in the hospital, the doctor who rescued her
spends a few days in a mountain chalet with some old and new friends; moments which
resemble The Big Chill.
There are three men and three women in that chalet, plus their best-kept secrets. Men
whose women know nothing about them, and women whose men – perhaps to suffer
less – don’t want to know anything more than what they have sensed over the years.

MARGHERITA OGGERO was born and lives Intrigue worthy of the best locked-room mystery, in which the enigma is also its solution.
in Turin. In 2002, she debuted in fiction with
the novel La collega tatuata, published by
Mondadori, on which the film Se devo A story of betrayal, regret, and lies, but above all, of unconfessed secrets which finally come
essere sincera (directed by Davide Ferrario, to light.
starring Luciana Littizzetto and Neri
Marcorè) is based. Her novels include
Una piccola bestia ferita (2003), L’amica
americana (2005), Qualcosa da tenere per
sé (2008), Un colpo all’altezza del cuore
(2012), L’ora di pietra (2013), La ragazza di
fronte (2015, 2016 Bancarella Prize) and the
short stories Il rosso attira lo sguardo
(2008), all published by Mondadori. In
2006, she published with Einaudi Cosí
parlò il nano da giardino, in 2009 Il compito
di un gatto di strada and Non fa niente
(2017 and 2019).

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Elisabetta teaches math at the Nisida juvenile detention center. Ever since
she found herself living on her own, it is as though every border has shifted.
Almarina is one of her students; she is Romanian and she bears the signs of
her personal history on her body, but when she wants to, she can make it fly.
Together, closed up in that small classroom, a true island within an island,
they will discover a possible pathway to salvation.

Can a prison free the people who enter it?

Is there an island in the Mediterranean from which you can never reach the sea?
It happens at Nisida, just beyond the promontory of Posillipo. Nisida, moored like a
boat, is a small island nestled between Capri and Bagnoli. This is where Elisabetta
Maiorano does sums at the blackboard with a mixed group of young inmates.
She is fifty years old; she lives alone; every morning she crosses the city with all its
But one day, Almarina shows up in her classroom. The prospects change, the earth
VALERIA PARRELLA was born in 1974; becomes the sea and its opposite, and those stairs always leading downward – ener-
she lives in Naples. She debuted with vating bureaucracy, unexpected deaths, sleepless nights – reveal the other possibility:
the collection of short stories Mosca an opportunity to ascend them.
piú balena (minimum fax 2003). She has
published with Einaudi: Lo spazio bianco
In a dry writing style, warm, intimate, and political, Valeria Parrella precisely touch-
(2008, 2010, and 2018), on which es our emotions, giving voice to two forms of loneliness whose power will move us.
Francesca Comencini based the “The hardest thing is to see them go away, because of where will they go. They are still
same-titled film; Tre terzi (2009, with so young, and they will go back to where they came from, and where they came from
Diego De Silva and Antonio Pascale); is the reason they are here”.
Lettera di dimissioni (2011); Antigone
(2012); Tempo di imparare (2014); Ma
quale amore (2014); Troppa importanza
all’amore (2015); and Enciclopedia
della donna. Aggiornamento (2017).
For years she has written the book
column for Grazia and collaborates
with la Repubblica.


Finalist at the 2020 Strega Prize. APRIL 2019 RIGHTS SOLD Germany (Hanser),
e 17,00 • pp. 136 World English Rights (John Murray)

(Hanser) (Astor Forlag) (Folio Verlag), Slovakia language (Beba Editions),
(Inaque) France (Seuil), Germany
(Bertelsmann), Sweden
(Astor Forlag)

Empathy between two women is broken when a man appears.
A violent portrait of provincial life. A novel about the fatal ambiguity
of family choices: both a dead end and a fortress to defend.

“Massimo remained standing, looking at of one of them, or perhaps of both, sparks

the forest, as though he expected to see unexpected tension between them, and it is
something emerge. Then he sat down next heightened when their husbands arrive.
to Lucia. There was an intense earthy smell, Who is Massimo? What happened, years
it came from him and from the damp hill, before, in that same place?
the same smell. He was the hill”. Slowly but surely, madness seems to take
hold of the protagonists’ minds, as though it
Sometimes, we dream so much of meeting a had been released by the forest which bor-
person that when it finally happens, we’re ders the house. Less and less attention is
scared. paid to the children, who play freely and
LETIZIA PEZZALI was born in Pavia in
1979. Her first novel, L’età lirica (Baldini A sudden, alarming situation convinces two strangely quietly on the unstable border be-
& Castoldi 2012), was a finalist for the women to take refuge with their children in tween carelessness and tragedy.
Calvino Prize. With Einaudi “Stile a large villa outside town. The idea is to
Libero”, she has published Lealtà (2018), spend a week away from everything; to be
whose translation rights were sold
mothers during the day and to exchange
in eight languages.
confidences during the night, caressing the
fragile myth of perversion.
The disturbing presence of a man who, un-
til that moment, had inhabited the fantasies

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€ 17,00 • pp. 224

What remains of the bond between a father and son after a rancorous estrangement that
has lasted thirty-seven years? Thirteen thousand days without seeing each other, ever
since the father abandoned his wife and son because he was in love with another wom-
an. An entire life apart.
The new book by the author of L’uomo che trema is the story of a reconciliation, of a year
and a half of encounters, reflections on the past, a daily life rippled by the memory of guilt.
What does it mean – concretely and symbolically – to betray and abandon? “I can’t do
it”, says the son to a young woman who listens incredulously, as she sits on a wall and
dangles her legs. And with that remark, he re-establishes his own existence, just like his
father had done thirty-seven years before.
Throughout the entire story, we follow him as he begins a clandestine affair; we think he
is cheating on his wife. But only at the end of the book do we discover who is the wom-
an he has talked about the whole time – the woman he is head over heels in love with,
the woman sitting on the wall.
ANDREA POMELLA was born in Rome All of us have been betrayed and left. And we are all guilty of something; because guilt is
in 1973. He has published monographs inside of us, and is an inescapable condition. Andrea Pomella’s novel reconstructs a bridge
about Caravaggio and Van Gogh,
I Musei Vaticani (Editrice Musei
suspended above a chasm, in order to give a complete meaning to the word forgiveness.
Vaticani 2007), the essay 10 modi
per imparare a essere poveri ma felici
(Laurana 2012), and two fiction books:
La misura del danno (Fernandel 2013)
and Anni luce (add 2018).

€ 18,50 • pp. 216 Spain (Altamarea Ediciones)


This is a book about a man who threw himself into the world in his own way,
to recount it to us. In a certain sense, it is about a benevolent misanthrope.
Because the one doing the first-person storytelling is Marco Presta himself,
who lives and – as he lives – laughs and reflects.

An old refrigerator abandoned on the street, a differing opinion from one’s children re-
garding the longevity of superheroes, a barber’s theological point of view, buying a pair of
trousers, or battling with a broken boiler: everything can become a catalyst for vaster re-
flections, a way to exorcise our fears and find, come what may, a reason for salvation in
laughter and compassion.
If the person doing this triple pike dive into humanity is an observer who is very involved
with and perplexed about the things going on around him, the customs of his contempo-
raries, family relationships, existence as a whole, the result is a humorous book in the
MARCO PRESTA is one of Italy’s top highest sense of the term: episodes of hilarious life; “swaggering” thoughts; ideas for sto-
radio writers and hosts. For years now, ries; ironical, involved, or indignant reflections, like those of a person who knows that
he and Antonello Dose have animated profoundness and levity travel arm-in-arm, like an irresistible couple.
mornings on Radio 2 with their show
Il ruggito del coniglio. He has published
the book of short stories Il paradosso
terrestre (Aliberti Editore 2009,
Einaudi 2012). With Einaudi, he has also
published the novels Un calcio in bocca
fa miracoli (2011), Il piantagrane (2012),
L’allegria degli angoli (2014), and
Accendimi (2017).

€ 16,00 • pp. 184


A grandmother, a granddaughter, the magic of their relationship, which

battles the disenchantment of the world. A fairy-tale story about family
relationships, the resources we have for coping with pain, the magnificence
of nature, the most daring challenges.

A novel which invites us to relearn things from the bottom up, as though the world had just been born.
This is not a summary; it is a promise: anyone who reads this novel will fall hopelessly in love with it.
It is impossible to describe the plot without ruining the pleasure of reading it: the story is so unpredict-
able and full of wonder that it would be a shame to disclose it. We can only reveal a few ingredients.
A city where the lampposts talk at night, the statues stretch, and in the morning, the coffee pots serve
coffee, is not as strange as it might seem. It is ruled by Renata, an elderly and very powerful woman
who has given form to her world. But when a new mayor arrives, she is forced to reorganize every-
thing, starting with her family. Renata plucks up her courage to protect her granddaughter, little Aga-
ta, and face daring adventures: not only in sinister landscapes, but even inside herself.
La penultima magia is an amusing and profound novel that tells a story with many meanings. A medi-
tation on suffering and, at the same time, an ecological myth, a short course in family pedagogy in
which the generations teach each other.
To read this book is like living a dream with your eyes open: more than words and sentences, the pag-
es seem to be made of images. The characters burst into life within its readers and will continue to in-
habit their soul.

TIZIANO SCARPA was born in Venice in 1963. His books include Occhi sulla graticola (Einaudi 1996 and
2005), Amore® (Einaudi 1998), Venezia è un pesce (Feltrinelli 2000), Cos’è questo fracasso? (Einaudi
2000), Nelle galassie oggi come oggi (with Raul Montanari and Aldo Nove, Einaudi 2001), Cosa voglio da
te (Einaudi 2003), Kamikaze d’Occidente (Rizzoli 2003), Corpo (Einaudi 2004 and 2011), Groppi d’amore
nella scuraglia (Einaudi 2005 and 2010), Batticuore fuorilegge (Fanucci 2006), Amami (with Massimo
Giacon, Mondadori 2007), Comuni mortali (Effigie 2007), Stabat Mater (Einaudi 2008, 2009 Strega Prize),
L’inseguitore (Feltrinelli 2008), Discorso di una guida turistica di fronte al tramonto (Amos 2008), Le cose
fondamentali (Einaudi 2010 and 2012), La vita, non il mondo (Laterza 2010). Since the early 1990s, he has
written roughly fifteen pieces for theater and the radio, all of which have been performed, including:
Comuni mortali (Effigie 2007); L’inseguitore (Feltrinelli 2008); L’ultima casa (Transeuropa 2011); La custode
SUPERCORALLI (in New writing Italia. Dieci pezzi non facili di teatro, edited by Rodolfo di Giammarco and Martina Melandri,
Editoria e spettacolo, 2011), L’infinito (Einaudi 2011). In 2013, he published with Einaudi the new digital
JUNE 2020 series “Quanti”, Lo show dei tuoi sogni (also available in a version with music by Davide Arneodo and Luca
e 16,00 • pp. 224 Bergia of the Marlene Kuntz). Always with Einaudi he has published Il brevetto del geco (2015), Il cipiglio
978880624601-3 del gufo (2018), and the poetry collection Le nuvole e i soldi (2018).


The words and stories of a group of 59-year-old friends, before whom old
age trembles like a metaphor.

Sophia, Miriam, Olivia, Cesare, Pietro, and Mauro are friends, and they led ordinary
lives until they discovered that their time was almost up: soon, they would no longer be
the fifty year olds they said they were. They would leave middle age forever and enter in-
to new territory. They are angry, as they face this ephemeral and miraculous threshold,
jumping onto it like a merry-go-round, determined not to get off as long as their breath
– or the wine – lasts. On that day which mustn’t end, and which lasts and spins dizzily,
the protagonists transform and reveal themselves, between Thursday dinners, anxiolyt-
ics, and dates, inside a society which is breaking apart below their feet. Their chatter, and
their new or collapsing loves, cause friction with today’s dark zone, which emerges in
ELVIRA SEMINARA, journalist and flashes, in the evocation of a denied harbor, of a march of handicapped people, of No-
pop artist, has published L’indecenza tre-Dame as it burns. Theirs is an inexhaustible and lewd dialogue, which involves all of
(Mondadori 2008), I racconti del us – on the same merry-go-round, in the same laughter, or in the same fear: to take our
parrucchiere (Gaffi 2009), Scusate leave without warning from the one, true youthfulness assigned to us, without knowing
la polvere (nottetempo 2011),
what is in store.
La penultima fine del mondo
(nottetempo 2013), and Atlante degli
abiti smessi (Einaudi 2015). Her writings
are translated in various countries. She
lives between Catania and Rome.

JULY 2020
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Agata is about to get married but she isn’t really sure she wants to anymore.
It’s raining outside, the river has overflowed, nothing is staying put. It
might be a good moment to understand what she wants to do with her life.

When the water submerges the land, her wedding dress twirls in the closet. The wedding
presents float undisturbed and the current brings surprising gifts.
Her neighbors climb into their boat directly from their balcony to reach dry land, but
Agata, her mother, and her grandmother, decide to stay put.
The house becomes a ship after the storm passes, in which the three women save objects
as best they can, reconfiguring the spaces, eating salami, fishing tomatoes out of their
vegetable patch, and finding hidden treasures. In this suspended time, Agata discovers
ELEONORA SOTTILI was born in who her grandmother really is, and why her mother wants her to know, at all costs.
Tuscany in 1970 and works at the After all, she, too, has a secret: the empty apartments where she made love to a young
Holden School. She has published
man who isn’t the same one she’s about to marry.
Il futuro è nella plastica (nottetempo
2010), Se tu fossi neve (Giunti 2015), With a clear-cut and light writing style, full of magic, Eleonora Sottili recounts how the
and the short story La direzione unexpected can slip into our lives and offer us the keys for opening new doors.
del cuore for the collection Ritratti
dell’autore da cucciolo (Instar Libri
2016). She was one of the editors
of the book Scrivere, part of the
anthology La seconda Luna
(Zanichelli 2017).

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The gaze of other people is our obsession, our gratification, the measure of our
inadequacy. We do everything possible to resemble our best profile, and we
have beautiful love stories in which we give our best, knowing that our worst is
hiding right nearby.
All it takes is for one person in the world – the totally wrong person – to know
what we would never, ever want to reveal.

A young man and a very young woman. She is vivacious and brilliant; they share a stormy
love story. After yet another fight, Teresa has an idea. “Tell me something you have never
told anyone before”, she says to Pietro. “You tell me your unmentionable secret and I’ll
tell you mine. This way we’ll be bound together forever”. Naturally, they break up a short
while later.
Pietro meets Nadia and is enchanted by her. The softness of her body and her personali-
ty are like a deep breath, after so many sharp corners. But a few days before their wed-
ding, Teresa magically reappears. And with her, the shadow of what they had confessed to
writes novels and short stories. In 2001,
each other, almost a warning, “Watch out”. From that moment on, his secret will follow
he won the Strega Prize with Via him threateningly: good will rests on his bad conscience, and Pietro will never be able to
Gemito. With Einaudi, he has published forget this. Also because Teresa always reappears, each time he finds himself at an existen-
Spavento (2009, 2010 Comisso Prize), tial crossroads.
Autobiografia erotica di Aristide Gambía
(2011), Il salto con le aste (2012, first After the international success of Lacci e Scherzetto, Domenico Starnone adds a powerful
edition 1989), Condom (2013), Lacci page to his activity of digging into the ambivalence of people and relationships. With a
(2014, The Bridge Book Award), gaze that is both conspiratorial and detached, and the searing weightlessness which only
Scherzetto (2016, Isola d’Elba Prize, the great narrations possess, he tells us about a man who is unequal to himself and his own
a finalist for the National Book Award
in a translation by Jhumpa Lahiri), ambitions. But he is actually telling us about ourselves, the instability of the ground which
and Le false resurrezioni (2018). supports the construction of our identity.
Successful movies have been based
on his books, including La scuola by
Daniele Luchetti, Auguri professore by
Riccardo Milani, and Denti by Gabriele RIGHTS SOLD Brazil (Todavia Livros), China: Simplified rights (Archipel Press),
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e 17,50 • pp. 152 World English Rights (Europa Editions), World Spanish Rights (Lumen)

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(Bazar Forlag), Poland (Foksal), (Park), Iceland (Benedikt), Israel
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Spanish Rights (Lumen)

Rereading this novel today, one very simple thing becomes clear: Via Gemito is
a masterpiece of Italian literature.

“Via Gemito by Domenico Starnone was first published in 2000; the next year, it won
the Strega Prize. It is the book that created a great author. What I mean is that the au-
thor created the book and, through the book, the author also created himself, as wit-
nessed by his works in recent years, as well. The countless facets of family relationships,
the terrible complexity of that city-cosmos which is Naples, come from there. This is
why we decided to propose it again in the ‘Supercoralli’, because it might not be some-
thing new but it will always remain a ‘new’ book”.
Ernesto Franco

A novel that created a following, grand, enthralling, amazingly contemporary.

In 2001, the winner of the Strega Prize, the Selezione Campiello Prize, the Napoli Prize,
and the Corrado Alvaro Prize.
is the author of novels and short stories.
In 2001 he won the Strega Prize with Via The house on Via Gemito smells like paint and turpentine. The furniture in the dining
Gemito (Feltrinelli). With Einaudi, he has
room is haphazardly pushed against the walls and, before going to sleep, the canvases laid
published Autobiografia erotica di Aristide
Gambía (2011), Il salto con le aste (2012, first out on the beds to dry have to be removed. Federico, known as Federí, is ambitious and
edition 1989), Condom (2013), Lacci (2014, dissatisfied; he wants to be respected as a talented artist. Instead, he works as an employee
The Bridge Book Award), Scherzetto (2016,
of the State railways so he can feed his family: his wife Rusinè, a woman of rare beauty, and
Isola d’Elba Prize, finalist for the National Book
Award in the translation by Jhumpa Lahiri), Le their four children. Many years later, it is his first-born son who recounts his father, who
false resurrezioni (2018), and Confidenza was so anxious to demonstrate his artistic talent, but also so overwhelmed by dissatisfac-
(2019). Successful movies have been made
tion and disappointment. Naples still shows the traces of World War II, but the memory
from his books, including La scuola by Daniele
Luchetti, Auguri professore by Riccardo Milani, his son has of those days is completely concentrated in the incandescence and lies of
Denti by Gabriele Salvatores, and the very Federí. But memory is a sum of misunderstandings, and, many years later, how much true
recent Lacci by Daniele Luchetti, which
life can his often untrustworthy confusion release? Federí, with his presumption and
inaugurated the 77th Venice Film Festival
(2020). He edits a weekly column for paint-splattered hands, finds a place among the memorable characters of contemporary
Internazionale. Italian literature. And above all now, twenty years after this masterly novel first appeared
in bookstores, we are moved when we read the native language of an author who, perhaps
now even more than then, stands out as one of the best narrators in Italy.
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“Only what you can see out of the corner of your eye can touch you most
profoundly”, wrote E. M. Forster: and in these short stories, Roberto
Vecchioni offers us exactly what you can see out of the corner of your eye,
in literature and in life: another, very powerful, form of truth.

Whether the topic is the death of Socrates, Ulysses’ voyage, or a verse by

a contemporary poet, the eyes glow and the voice goes up and down like a

“It’s a game, a challenge, a provocation. It’s throwing a stone and counting the circles that
broaden on the water. Doors that open on to other doors, never stop at the first one”.
historical fathers of folk songs in Italy. With They arrange to meet in a park, they spread out, some standing, some stretched out, some
Einaudi, he has published Viaggi del tempo
immobile (1996), Le parole non le portano
lying in the arms of someone else. Then, they choose a word and begin.
le cicogne (2000), Parole e canzoni (2002), Roberto Vecchioni’s school is a place where people teach without holding lessons. He is
Il libraio di Selinunte (2004 and, with a new known as a cultured, original professor, but above all he is enthusiastic, always ready to
preface in short story form, 2007), Diario di throw that spell over young people which flashes in a different manner, every day.
un gatto con gli stivali (2006), Scacco a Dio
(2009 and 2011), Il mercante di luce (2014), Behind this is the emotion of a person who grew up with words and knows that, with
and La vita che si ama (2016). With those same words, his young people will deal with life.
Frassinelli, he published the book of poetry
Di sogni e d’amore (2007). A professor
of Greek and Latin for many years, he is
presently a professor of Forms of Poetry
in Music at the University of Pavia. In 2011,
he won the Sanremo Music Festival with
the song Chiamami ancora amore.
Roberto Vecchioni’s official website is:

€ 16,00 • pp. 150

Imma Tataranni and the Uncertainties of the Future
Imma Tataranni e le incognite del futuro

A real estate agent is found murdered in an abandoned building near Via del
Riscatto: this time, the investigation takes place in the heart of the Sassi, amid
ancient monasteries, Byzantine depictions of the Virgin Mary, caverns and
17th-century walls.
And in the meantime, the high-heeled public prosecutor from Matera comes
to television in Imma Tataranni sostituto procuratore, the TV series on Rai 1.

In her fourth appearance, Imma Tataranni is more pugnacious and colorful than ever. As are
the characters we have come to know in her preceding adventures. Like her mother-in-law,
who, in Via del Riscatto, plays a role in the investigation in hopes of gaining ground in high-
society Matera. Or her sister-in-law, who can sense the presence of ghosts. Or Pietro, who is
so patient but sooner or later might get fed up.
MARIOLINA VENEZIA was born Like in a game of poker, Imma has to figure out which of the many suspects is bluffing, and
in Matera. Her first novel, Mille anni how. But she also has to keep an eye on Calogiuri, who doesn’t want to be treated like a toy
che sto qui, won numerous prizes boy. Not to mention Valentina, who gets into serious trouble this time, and might get Imma
in Italy and abroad, including the into trouble as well...
2007 SuperCampiello, and has been
In a Matera suspended between redemption and real estate speculation, there is a certain
translated into fourteen languages.
effervescence in the air. Is it the tourism or is it because our heroes are about to become flesh-
AFTER THE SUCCESSFUL TV SERIES and-blood characters?
SET IN THE FASCINATING, MYSTERIOUS Six episodes will be aired on Rai 1 this fall, directed by Francesco Amato, who has already
directed popular comedies starring actors such as Toni Servillo. Imma Tataranni will be
portrayed by the talented Vanessa Scalera, who has worked with directors such as Marco
Bellocchio and Nanni Moretti. Patient Pietro is played by Massimiliano Gallo (Mine vaganti
by Özpetek, I Bastardi di Pizzofalcone), and handsome Calogiuri is the esteemed Alessio
Lapice (Il Primo Re).

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France (Laffont)

Everyone has heard of Ventotene, “where the idea of Europe was born”. In this
novel, Wu Ming 1 narrates the island with a visionary approach.
After Proletkult, a new “science fiction style” raid into the folds of 20th-century

Pertini, Secchia, Spinelli, Terracini, Di Vit- years, to change history. But can Giaco-
torio... fathers of the homeland, future par- mo create a new prototype? In truth, the
tisans, constituents, utopians: but among island seems the perfect place for the en-
those confined on Ventotene there is one deavour: if there is one thing not missing
who has an even greater dream. on Ventotene, it’s imagination.

Island of Ventotene, 1939. As the Sec-

ond World War breaks out in Europe,
WU MING 1 is one of the founding members
the antifascist colony confined on the is-
of Wu Ming, a writers’ workshop that has land acquires a new member, a Jewish
produced such collective novels as Q, 54, scientist from Rome. Giacomo has a se-
Manituana, Altai, L’Armata dei Sonnambuli,
L’invisibile ovunque and Proletkult,
cret: he is the survivor of a shocking ex-
all published by Einaudi from 1999 onwards. periment that has culminated in a dou-
As a soloist, WM1 is the author of New ble disappearance: gone is one of his
Thing (Einaudi 2004), Cent’anni a Nordest.
Viaggio tra i fantasmi della “guera granda”
friends, who knows where – in fact, who
(Rizzoli 2015) and Un viaggio che non knows when –, and gone is the only ex-
promettiamo breve. Venticinque anni di isting prototype of a time machine.
lotte No TAV (Einaudi 2016). With Roberto
Santachiara he has written Point Lenana
One day Giacomo shares his secret with
(Einaudi 2013). He has translated novels by some of his confined companions. At
Elmore Leonard and Stephen King. first most of them think him a madman,
He is the editor of Edizioni Alegre’s Quinto
Tipo series, dedicated to hybrid narratives
but slowly, in the isolation of the colony
and creative non-fiction. Wu Ming’s blog is (rife with debates on the future but also
Giap, home to the likes of young Erminio, lost
in reveries peopled by the creatures of
APRIL 2019 classical myth), the idea of a great anti-
papel), France (Métailié), World
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Spanish Rights (Anagrama)
978880624080-6 new time machine, to leap over the worst

With Il metodo del dottor Fonseca, Andrea Vitali has invented the
“Gothic comedy”.

An isolated mountain village inhabited by ity and their ridiculous traits, Vitali has written
elusive people. A crime which doesn’t seem a surprising noir novel which the reader won’t
to deserve to hit the headlines. A clinic which be able to put down until the last page.
straddles the border between two countries
and belongs to neither one, constructed in “In my stories, I always recount the same provin-
the “dead land”. cial landscape because my universe is all there. I
love it and I can narrate it because I know it. I
For months relegated behind a desk to carry know its moods, its breaths, its power, and its
out bureaucratic duties, an investigator is sud- transitory nature”.
denly sent to Spatz, a remote village near the Andrea Vitali
border. What awaits him is a case of murder
ANDREA VITALI was born in Bellano, which was considered solved. The victim is a
on Lake Como, in 1956, and worked as woman who has always lived a secluded life;
a doctor in his hometown until 2008, the presumed murderer, her brother, is a re-
when he decided to begin writing full tarded young man who lives with her. But the
time. His best-selling novels include case proves to be more complicated than ex-
La signorina Tecla Manzi (2004), Olive pected. In the small hotel where he is staying,
comprese (2006), La modista (2008), the policeman becomes acquainted with some
Almeno il cappello (2009), Zia Antonia
unusual characters; one of them is his incom-
sapeva di menta (2011), Galeotto fu
prehensible next-door neighbor, Mr. Ermini,
il collier (2012), Viva piú che mai
(2016), A cantare fu il cane (2017), who has just accompanied his brother to a
Bello, elegante e con la fede al dito nearby medical center where desperate opera-
(2017), Gli ultimi passi del sindacone tions are attempted and where, in order to be
(2018) and Documenti prego (2019). admitted, the patients must first “renounce life”.
His books are translated worldwide. Slowly but surely, before his eyes a scenario ap-
pears which will surprise everyone, even the
powerful head of national security who sent him
there: a functionary everyone calls “the Pig” be-
hind his back.
JUNE 2020
With his incomparable ability to investigate the
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soul of normal people, highlighting their nobil-


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