Title: Happiness In Your Hand Luggage
Author: Marta Perego
Data: 2017, 267p.
Publisher: DeA Planeta



Jack Karouac got it right when he wrote: “our battered suitca- ses were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”

The journey is a great metaphor of life, but we never think about it, because we are too busy folding shirts and squeezing shoes into the side pockets of a tattered bag. Deciding who I want to be during those days away from home says a lot about me. Why do we put our best self forward when we step out of our comfort zone?
The truth is that each suitcase we pack marks our existence, a memory, and a projection. We have a vague idea when the trip starts of who we are and where we are going, but we don’t know how we will return, nor what will happen along the way. Will we meet someo- ne special, a lover or future spouse? See a work of art that will forever change the way we think? Or will we lose something and veer from the path?

We close a suitcase, wondering if it contains all we need. Will its con- tents suffice? And above all, is there room to bring something back with us?

Between daily habit and a trip there is the Suitcase, representing much more than its contents. It is the intersection between who I am and who I want to be. Choosing what to bring sends most of us into a panic because choice reveals profound insecurity. Packing too many clothes means bringing unreasonable expectations; so, from chaos, you pack chaos... a 55x40x20 cm formula for disappoint- ment.
Rights sold:
France (Michel Lafon) Spain (Planeta)
Close your eyes and ask yourself what is in your bag. Do you need it all? Or does it contain old and useless objects that are holding us back. In my case, I realized that I wasn’t getting organized, because I was afraid that beneath all the junk, I might discover my shortco- mings, my fears, and my basic inadequacies. I am always rushing around, weighed down by handbags or trolleys. It took me years to realize that I was literally carrying my “baggage” on my shoulders.

This book is my way of lightening up and of making sure my bag and my life reflect and contain who I am and who I truly want to be.
I hope it will help others too. 




Foreign Rights Sold

(Michel Lafon)

(Editorial Planeta)