General Fiction

Gli ultimi passi del Sindacone

(Last Steps of a Super-Mayor)

Garzanti, September 2018, pp.256

Shortly after the Second World War, a small-town longing for redemption, and its little local secrets in a bubbly Christmas atmosphere.

Attilio Fumagalli is a man of fifty, rotund, married with no children. A former accountant, he is now the mayor of Bellano – the Super-Mayor, in fact, is what everybody calls him. He is strangely obsessed with council meetings, which he holds every two months. Lately, though, he has been summoning them every week. Today, 22 December 1949, he really has gone too far: he has called a meeting for Christmas Eve. What do they have to discuss? Nothing. It’s to say Happy Christmas. There’s clearly something lurking behind all this eagerness. But what?

Garzanti, September 2018, pp.256

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Andrea Vitali

Andrea Vitali was born in 1956 on the eastern shore of Lake Como, where he still lives and works as a medical doctor. He started writing novels in 1989 and since then has kept up his prolific career by accumulating a series of literary prizes. A success that’s lasted 15 years, made up exclusively of bestsellers, first places in the charts, prizes, and ecstatic reviews from the press and critics. More than 3,500,000 readers in Italy alone.

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