In 1968, Naples was shaken by a social earthquake set out to crumble the established system, a system that protected the interests of a select few but obstructed the growth of society. Carmen Pellegrino recounts “the 1968 years,” a three-year period of social upheaval that surrounded 1968, using newspaper articles and other primary sources to interpret true events. The radical change sparked in Naples extended throughout the rest of Italy and all aspects of Italian society in an extremely short period of time, including institutions seemingly impervious to social reform: penal institutions, the judiciary system, psychiatric hospitals, and the military. “There have been two revolutions of worldwide importance, the first in 1848 and the second in 1968. Both failed. Both changed the world.”
The crucial role of Italian political, social, and cultural developments told through a century of soccer. In 1925, Edoardo Agnelli told Mussolini that a soccer league for the children of Italian expatriates could be the first step for future political expansion. The Duce ensured that there would be an Italian-favoring referee directing the semi-final and final games of the 1934 World Cup. Italy’s second World Cup victory in 1938 paved the way for the infamous racial laws. Palmiro Togliatti, the head of the Italian Communist Party, used Hungary’s victory over Italy in 1953 to demonstrate the superiority of Communism. The Milanese team’s triumphs aided Berlusconi’s rise to power. The story of a sport inextricably tied to Italian history that has held the country together during its darkest moments.
This book contains 4,000 years of Italian history, recounting Italy’s past through the major figures, fashions, customs, and inventions of each time period: from Emperor Nero’s fundamental role in the spread of Christianity, to Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo’s relationship. A portrait of Italy’s rich past, which is essential for understanding its complex present.
Adapted for the theater by Adriano Evangelisti.
A psychological thriller that opens the inner world of a disturbed young man who constantly balances charming sweetness, discomfort, and a chilling loss of control. He gives his confession while fluctuating between a sense of detachment and a desire to taunt the listener, revealing a sick heart and mind that are unperturbed by his own violence. He tells the story of his youth as an unwanted child desperate for the attention of his egocentric and cynical mother as if he were speaking to an imaginary friend.
They say opposites attract, but what happens when time is the enemy?
On a secluded island, amid the stunning beauty of the Mediterranean, a man in love finds himself alone, in the house he once shared with his beloved wife of many years. He can’t help but remember their first meeting, on the ferry from Venice to Piraeus, in Greece. He was the ship’s captain, she a transgressive young woman on vacation. A tiny moment that changed the course of their lives forever. They did not fall in love immediately, but neither could they forget each other. What followed were years of clandestine nights together, a revelatory separation, passion, and unexpected happiness.
As he recalls the happiest years of his life, he tends to her garden and cares for her bees. The power and fury of nature, like the love they shared, help him heal. And he promises his wife that he will find their daughter Amy, because it is never too late to love.
A simple, yet explosive story that poses fundamental questions about the bonds people forge, our ability to change, and destiny. Most of all, it is a story about the heart, which stays silent when we forget how to listen to it.
Most girls spend their lives looking for love, the kind that dazzles and makes your heads spin, turning your life upside down. But often it comes at a price. Melania, with her long wavy hair and manicured eyebrows, makes heads turn wherever she goes. She lives with her friend Franca in the center of Florence where they search for Prince Charming. Everything changes one day when she sees Axel, a strong and silent Swedish man. Under the brazen beauty of Tuscany, Melania falls in love, like she has always dreamed about. She decides to follow him home, to Sweden, where she soon finds herself living in a very cold country she knows nothing about. And with a man she knows even less. Blinded by emotion, Melania must find the strength to ask herself if she was ever really in love. And if so, why does it hurt so much?
In this thoughtful book, Susanna Tamaro continues the autofiction she started with ‘Every Angel is Terrifying’, offering readers a very personal diary of her human journey as a probing thinker and nature lover. A celebration of everyday miracles and the more spiritual aspects of reality.
Gennaio 1848. Per protestare contro l’amministrazione austriaca, i milanesi presero un’iniziativa a dir poco sorprendente: decisero di non fumare più. L’obiettivo era chiaro: colpire le entrate erariali provenienti dalla tassa sul tabacco. Nel mese di febbraio, il dissenso raggiunse il palco della Scala: la popolarissima ballerina austriaca Fanny Elssler venne subissata di fischi appena entrata in scena e abbandonò il teatro. Furono queste le prime avvisaglie dei movimenti che si trasformarono di lì a poche settimane nelle Cinque giornate di Milano. Fra il 18 e il 22 marzo per la prima volta il popolo, la borghesia e la nobiltà combatterono insieme, e furono il massimo esempio di rivoluzione nel segno dell’egalitarismo: non ci furono capi preordinati, ogni strada, ogni quartiere decideva al proprio interno qual era la risoluzione migliore da prendere per scrollarsi di dosso quella che veniva considerata da tutti un’occupazione nemica. Tra amori extraconiugali, intrighi e voltafaccia, divampa l’epopea delle lotte, delle barricate, dei professori che guidavano l’assalto dei propri studenti, delle alabarde della Scala trasformate in armi, mentre l’odiatissimo feldmaresciallo Radetzky era asserragliato nel Castello Sforzesco. Fino alla ritirata austriaca, che diede spinta alle speranze di tutta la penisola. In un racconto emozionante e ricco di aneddoti inediti, seguiamo le gesta di uomini e donne che dando vita alla rivolta meneghina segnarono l’inizio del Risorgimento italiano.
Every morning, Filomena takes the regional train to the middle of nowhere. In the short time between one stop and another, she relives the memory that is dearest to her: a motorcycle trip with the love of her life. Carlo is on that train too, with her; but she never sees him, or if she does, she doesn’t acknowledge it. He is there to protect her. She has been this way for as long as Carlo can remember. Did she ever really love him? One thing is sure: Carlo’s love for his mother is a full time job, holding him back… until he meets Cara. She and her baby share a unique language made up of stories, of laughter and joy. Just watching them awakens in Carlo the desire to be part of that love, to receive even a small piece of it. Long-forgotten memories reemerge, a secret buried in his parents’ past. He can hear his soul crack, like a faulty diamond.
As his mother precipitates, Carlo must finally reckon with his childhood. Only his father, silent and strong, can tell him the truth about what really happened to his mother.
A novel about taking care of those you love, for better or for worse.
A group of seven tourists on a two-week holiday along Egypt’s Red Sea find themselves witness to the riots that will cause the fall of Mubarak in 2011. The political revolution waging around them forces the sightseers to face their inner demons. The motley group of vacationers is made up of people from all walks of life: Richard and Sara, a married unsuccessful author of detective stories and entrepreneur; Tania and Adele, two friends celebrating Tania’s 50th birthday with an Egyptian getaway; and a wheeler-dealer, his trophy wife, and their nine-year-old son. They find themselves isolated in an eco-village with Ismail, a university student and aspiring actor working as their guide, and fifteen-year-old Youssef, the hotel bell boy. As the revolution ignites the country, these ordinary tourists face their intimate struggles and fears.
Svevo Romano is every woman’s dream: he is irresistibly handsome, filthy rich, and at the height of his career. The only problem is that he is a ruthless workaholic by day, and a drug-taking playboy by night. He spends his evenings at the trendiest nightclubs in Rome, chasing casual sex and snorting cocaine in an effort to overcome a sense of meaninglessness. One day, while Svevo boards a plane, his life changes completely: time mysteriously speeds up, but only for him. In a race against time and life itself, he desperately tries to keep up with his colleagues and his friends, and hold on to what he once thought was important. Just as everything threatens to spiral completely out of control, Svevo’s life acquires a meaning that transcends time and space. In this suspenseful, funny, and sensual novel, one of Italy’s most talented young writers explores the frenzy of the modern world, and demonstrates that time spent without love is time wasted.
A breathtaking thriller for fans of Giorgio Faletti.
A bank is robbed in the center of Milan by an unsuspecting group of clients. The criminals then hand the cash to a man dressed in black, who waits silently to be arrested and brought to the station. Hours later, the police officers are found dead in the car; the man in black has disappeared in thin air.
Officer Davide Gantz is called to interrogate the witnesses and investigate the crime, but nobody knows anything and nothing they say makes sense anyway. Why would a well-to-do housewife, a financial trader and an elderly couple commit murder and grand larceny?
Gantz and his Moroccan assistant Rabiaa follow every trace possible, from the store fronts of Via Buenos Aires, La Scala, the Brera museum, to the Duomo. Little does he suspect that the answer might very well like in a seventeenth century book by Franz Mesmer, the German doctor and patron of the arts who recorded his life’s work. The book was buried with Mesmer, on his request. The father of animal magnetism, better known as hypnosis, had discovered an extraordinary secret which, in the wrong hands, could do irreparable damage.
In 1942, 230,000 Italian soldiers fought on the eastern front, until the Soviet offensive in December forced them to make a disastrous retreat over hundreds of miles of the immense, Russian plain. Poorly equipped for the brutal winter, the heavy fighting killed thousands each day, but even more died as the result of harsh conditions. Over 70,000 were taken prisoner, and most succumbed to starvation in Russian prison camps.