Enrico Galiano

Enrico Galiano (1977) teaches in a school in the suburbs of north-eastern Italy. He has created a web series called Cose da Prof (Teacher’s Stuff), that has had more than ten million visitors on Facebook. In 2015 he was inserted in the list of the 100 best teachers in Italy. Eppure cadiamo felici was his first novel and became the n.1 Italian debut novel of 2017. Always with Garzanti he published his second novel, Tutta la vita che vuoi (All The Life You Want), about three teenagers in search of happiness amidst fears and hopes.

Andrà tutto bene

(All shall be well)

Garzanti, April 2020

From their homes, twenty-six of the most prominent writers in the Italian landscape have given a meaning to these days by choosing to tackle this emergency also with the weapons of literature.

R. Armeni, S. Auci, A. Basso, B. Bellomo, G. Biondillo, C. Bonvicini, F. Bosco, M. Buticchi, C. Caboni, D. Carrisi, A. Dalton, G. Festa, A. Frontani, E. Galiano, A. Gazzola, E. Gnone, M. Gramellini, J. Lahiri, F. Noiville, C. Sánchez, G. Sundas, S. Truzzi, I. Tuti, H. Tuzzi, M. Vichi, A. Vitali.

Nowadays, fear has a new name: Covid-19. The only way to defeat it is to stay at home.  Within the four walls that have always shielded us but which have now become impassable boundaries.

They have become almost an enemy.

And yet, day after day, those who always work with words have discovered that rooms, windows, and even the remotest corners of their homes are wings to carry them out into the world. Every one of them has therefore chosen a way to give life to this magic.

From their homes, twenty-six of the most prominent writers in the Italian landscape have given a meaning to these days by choosing to tackle this emergency also with the weapons of literature.

So as to take their daily lives to the readers who love them.

And they decided to do this together with the publishing house Garzanti by donating all the proceeds to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo.

Some decided to write about their days, their established routines, about novelties that make you smile. About the tears they cannot stop but also about the force of nature that dissolves the lump in your throat. About forced cohabitation, as well the distancing from people who are dear to you, that feels unbearable. Others write about neighbours who were once strangers but are no longer so, and work that has changed its tools but not its substance. Some admit their error in thinking that it could not all be true or else lend a voice to animals who, on the contrary, are glad this is all true. Others entrust their thoughts about these strange days to beloved characters they have created. Everyone is certain that we will emerge from this more aware of what is truly important, and we will meet, hug, and soon take walks all together. They are certain that solidarity will be the currency we will carry with us and no longer be able to do without.

They are all convinced that words, books and stories bring us together. They create invisible links that break all barriers. When we read we are never alone. And we are strong. And everything appears as it will be. Because all shall be well.

Rights Sold

World Arabic: Alfarasha Publishing

Basta un attimo per tornare bambini

(It Only Takes a Moment to be a Child Again)

Garzanti, October 2019

30 illustrated tips for rediscovering the child hiding inside all of us.

As Peter Pan says, as soon as we grow up we generally become certain that we are no longer able to enjoy the magic of the moment. Certain that imagination is not important. Certain that we cannot go back to being children. And yet that’s not always the case. Sometimes, all it takes is to roll around in the grass, cycle downhill at breakneck speed with your arms open wide, or take a ride on a merry-go-round. All it takes is to have a spin on your office chair on a hard day, sing in front of the mirror as soon as you wake up, or have a pillow fight on a dreary Sunday. Brief moments that take you back to fits of giggles, feeling freedom running through your veins, and a joy that doesn’t depend on what you own or have achieved.

This book is also a social project that encouraged readers to share their own “moments to be a child again”. The 10 best comments have been illustrated and are included in this book.

Written with – Sara Di Francescantonio (1988): a compulsive artist since childhood, she is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator who works for publishing houses, literary agencies and newspapers.

Tutta la vita che vuoi

(All The Life You Want)

Garzanti, April 2018

2 editions

After And Yet We Fall Happy, the n.1 Italian debut novel of 2017, Enrico Galiano returns to give us an intense fresh outlook on the world of adolescents.
A world that he knows well, having to deal with them every day.
Three teenagers in search of happiness amidst fears and hopes. What if all we needed was a backpack full of reasons to live?

Bestseller List – English sample available

Filippo is running away from school having finally found the courage to stand up to his teacher who has been humiliating him for years. Outside, his best friend Giorgio is sitting in the car waiting for him; Giorgio has just been to his brother’s funeral and is wondering if it is normal that he hasn’t shed a tear. Then Clo runs up to them, having just stolen a mobile phone in the hope, perhaps, of calming the pain she feels inside. The three exchange a glance and immediately understand, recognise and choose each other. For all three of them, this is the moment they decide to change, to gather their courage and follow their dreams.
Clo knows exactly how to achieve this. Her backpack is full of notes on which she writes the reasons she has to be grateful for life. Now Filippo and Giorgio must also find the special reason to start truly living. Because you can only achieve happiness if you are not afraid to reach for it.

Rights Sold

Germany: Thiele Verlag; The Netherlands: Luitingh-Sijthoff; Poland: SQ. Arabic rights: Ebdaat Alamia

Eppure cadiamo felici

(And Yet We Fall Happy)

Garzanti, April 2017

Over 100,000 copies sold, 15 editions

A young literature teacher makes his debut with a novel that voices the feelings and issues of Millennials. The story of a budding love and a mystery that has to be solved.

Bestseller List – English Sample and Synopsis Available

Gioia is seventeen and does not fit in with her peers; she does not follow fashion and tends to hide herself under baggy clothes. She is not interested in parties, but she does have one passion, albeit an odd one, that makes her happy: she collects untranslatable words in languages from all over the world. Gioia’s solitude is interrupted by a sudden encounter with a boy who goes by the name of Lo. For the first time Gioia feels that someone is able to understand her world. They meet more and more often and their friendship slowly develops into love. But Lo disappears one day, and Gioia has no idea where to look for him. She has no idea that Lo is hiding a secret. A secret that only she can discover. She is the only one who can decipher the clues he has left for her. As she follows the clues, Gioia will have to make a choice and learn that the verb to love has many different sides to it.

Rights Sold

Rights sold: World Arabic Rights: Ebdaat Alamia; France: Univers Poche; Germany: Thiele Verlag; The Netherlands: Luitingh-Sijthoff; Poland: SQN; Russia: Clever Publishing.

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