General Fiction

Le belle Cece

(The Beautiful Cece Women)

Garzanti, pp.240

Bellano in the 30s. The hyperbolic ideals of the fascist regime cannot defeat the intrigues and squabbling of the country.

The end of the war in Ethiopia marks the beginning of the fascist Empire and Fulvio Semola, secretary of the party, has no intention of missing out on the opportunity to celebrate the event in a dignified way. The post war euphoria and the imperial pride however are quickly dampened by more urgent issues: a pair of underwear belonging to Verzetta Cece, wife of the powerful and feared production inspector of the local cotton mill Eudilio Malversati, have disappeared. To avoid any gossip, the police are not informed: which is why Semola is asked to take on the case with the utmost discretion. His clumsy attempts and the hilarious characters who live in the town however, will unveil the truth and lead him straight to the police station amid the a lot of tongue wagging. An unexpected finale that will implicate the wife of Malversati and his mother in law in a raucous circus.

Garzanti, pp.240

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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