General Fiction

Le mele di Kafka

(Kafka’a Apples)

Garzanti, March 2016, pp.240

Inspired by an anecdote during a trip Franz Kafka took to Luzern, this is a story that emphasizes the importance of literature and books in our lives, sometimes much more than we realize.

Abramo Ferrascini is an ironmonger from Bellano, who has recently been introduced to the art of playing boules by the best player in town who lost his right arm in a work related incident three years earlier. Now Abramo has an excellent chance of winning the semifinals of the provincial championship that takes place on Sunday.
Unfortunately, his brother in law who lives in Switzerland is very ill and his wife is adamant on going to support her sister and say her last goodbyes to her brother in law. The Swiss doctors have given the man no more than 48 years to live, and everyone knows how precise the Swiss are! Abramo has no other choice than to head to Luzern where he hopes that his brother in law will die before Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest, so that he can be back in time for the tournament…

Andrea Vitali was born in Bellano in 1956 on the Eastern shore of Lake Como where he still lives and works as a doctor. He began his career as a novel writer in 1989 and has kept up his prolific career since then, collecting a great number of literary prizes.

A new episode in Vitali’s comedy of every-day life, set on the shores of Lake Como, in the town where Andrea Vitali was born and where he now lives and works as a practicing doctor. The area has recently started to attract visitors from all over the world, including Hollywood stars, such as George Clooney, who has bought a villa nearby.
In his amusing, intelligent, very enjoyable novels, Andrea Vitali has reinvented Italian comedy: he manages to restore the most accurate and profound image of Italy, amid a restless and entertaining whirlpool of colourful characters and surprises. His characters are typical provincial types, wallowing in their daily tedium. They’re gossipy, envious, and nosy, but at the same time naïve and terribly human.

Garzanti, March 2016, pp.240

  • “This is the most prolific Italian writers together with Andrea Camilleri. From one lucky dip to the next, here comes his new comedy”

    ttl, La Stampa

  • “Andrea Vitali never misses a beat and each new book of his ends up among the top reads”


  • “What score would I give a writer like Vitali? Ten out of ten for his complete works.”

    Antonio D’Orrico, Corriere della sera

  • “In this joyful shambles of characters, farcical situations, and misunderstandings; seaplanes sink, telephone operators fall in love and the reader has a whale of a time.”

    Le Figaro

  • “As light as whipped cream on top of a sundae. You couldn’t ask for a better introduction to holiday reading.”

    La Croix

  • “Finding such an extraordinary storyteller is a real joy to all of us!”

    Andrea Camilleri

  • “Vitali’s books are best read in one go and full of details. The one that stick in your memory will keep you laughing.”

    Giovanni Pacchiano, Il Sole 24 Ore

  • “Hats off!! Andrea Vitali is more than a great writer. He is a VERY great writer.”

    Antonio D'Orrico, Sette

  • “A novelist who weaves with threads made of diverse, colourful lives.”

    La Repubblica

  • “He is extraordinarily clever. He is a great writer, in the next twenty years he will be acclaimed everywhere.”

    Antonio D'Orrico, Corriere della Sera

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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