How they got there? What are they doing in front of the tomb of Marcel Proust? Here they are: a writer experiencing a creative crisis, paranoid and a little sociopath and a 17-year-old out of control. She is looking for some desperate freedom; he, with five novels, many awards and so little money on his back, is teaching creative writing at the Uni. A meeting, a tale as a three parts movie, unsettling, disquieting, ironic and sharp; a novel in which dreams and fiction intertwine and replace the reality, to give back the thin atmosphere of a cultural environment and the flaking not only of a privileged class, but of a social climate that collapses on cliches and idiosyncrasies.
From the spine-chilling possibility of Evil to the shiny vision of a psychiatric patient who believes himself God; from the mystery of an unusual tea shop to the banality of a trip in the country. With a clean, sharp and elegant style, Luigi Cecchi abducts the reader carrying him from tale to tale and letting his imagination flow to feed fears and restlessness, but also to highlight all those small details making possible our daily-life. Touching almost every declination of Fantastic, these tales celebrate the beauty, the inevitable sadness of the human condition and the boundless possibilities of the imagination, underlining the contradictions and the dangers intrinsic to this arid society, withdrawn into itself. A compelling debut.SHORTLISTED AT XXIV EDITION OF PREMIO CALVINO
Matteo Gemmi, having left with no degree the faculty of philosophy, is looking for a job with no ambitions: he starts selling subscriptions to satellite TV, then life insurances door to door. During these test periods, a little bit for envy and a little bit to catch up, begins to snoop into the lives of others, especially those "normal" people with a steady job, a mortgage, a family and the holidays to organize. Curiosity will soon become his main occupation: Matteo decides to spend his life to shadow people, regularly, noting events and impressions. And it is during one of his stalking that meets old Mr. Alunni, who will guide him in disturbing experiences and perhaps even to a breakthrough. In the background, a world of clichés, inequality and social hypocrisies, mediocrity and vulgarity. Afflicted by the inability to build relationships, an existential and professional insecurity, the main characters are involved in competition and senseless hate, in conformism and in desperate need of belonging. All told without a hint of languid sentimentality, but with the lens of detachment and irony.SHORTLISTED AT XXVII EDITION OF PREMIO CALVINO
Arcano 21 narrates the adventures of a university student in the late eighties, a student who is a bit lazy and lonely, but has an overwhelming passion: reading. His love for stories lead him to seek and find a job in a bookshop where he is formed by a bibliophile and nostalgic of Futurism warehouse worker and by other tragicomic figures. Bookshop after bookshop, the student begins an apprenticeship that will lead him to know the ins and outs of a trade which is not just meditative and routine, and is crowded with effervescent characters. The main character is helped by a very special compass: the voices of characters from literary works that he loved the most, which take possession of his head with their original thought – namely the thought of their respective authors. Unexpectedly, the story of the appearance of the first wisteria in Europe, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, will mark a turning point in the life and the boy’s head.
Guido Pennisi and Gianni Serra are two lazy children; no one seems to notice them in the Primary School Attilio Regolo. Until the most trumpeted and awaited day of the year, the day when the anonymous institution is preparing to welcome the most famous and wealthy inventor of the world, the one who gave birth to the "Futurometro", an incredible machine destined to change the future and, above all, the Italian education system. Everything is ready in the gym: festoons hanging, mothers overdressed, sleek authorities. A narrow-minded Italy is crowded in that room, a Country of mummy’s boys ready to wash their hands of their children’s future with the blessing of technology. The final challenge to creativity has started, but, perhaps, the adults have not come to terms with the terrible twins Smargotti. Cosa vuoi fare da grande is an amusing and adventurous novel in which the feelings are treated with delicacy and truth. A story that sows irony and melancholy, leaving us astonished in front of the question that we should never stop to ask.An amazing, comic, visionary, excessive novel. Marco Belpoliti, La StampaA surprising social satire on our present and on the faults and failings of public education. Paolo Di Paolo, L’Unità
Io non ci volevo venire qui is the fictional and comic autobiography of a talentless guy in search of a quiet life and trying to run away from the sirens of art. An open confession, which give the reader the chance to live an incredible list of pseudo-artistic experiences: acting companies, scuffed writing schools, post-rock musicians in search of fame, all taking on a life of one's own. A true reflection of what happens when mass education creates its unexpected product: an army of poets and guitarists instead of scientists. We will be dealing with “The syndrome of Forrest Gump”, “The theorem of the Knight” and “The curse of the lost manuscript”, chapter by chapter, until the last, incredible misadventure that will lead us to find out “why the public of Dante’s readings has always that kind of air.”A laugh will dig you up. Francesco Forlani, Nazione indianaIronic and detached: art and literature like you’ve never seen. Martina Pagano, Critica Letteraria
In forty-eight damned hours, Roberto Milano, young graduate, fixed-term contract worker, cyclist suffering from psoriasis, workaholic for necessity and without glory, loses three jobs: background actor in porn movies, private teacher and delivery boy. The last hope is an interview for a job in a fast food. The illusion breaks on the motivational test: which the hell was the correct answer to that question about the egg? When it seems there is no more choice than in moving back to his mother’s house, Roberto meets Marianna, unprejudiced, fresh, vital young girl, whit whim fells in love and starts planning the great robbery, later which nothing will be more the same. Indicated among the finalists to the CALVINO PRIZE for "the uninhibited style with which Napoli ironically faces the theme of the precarious jobs, Fabio Napoli writes a bittersweet comedy about youth, life, job and money. An original style, a writing attentive to the sound of words. Corriere della Sera
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