Literary Fiction

Il fantasma dei fatti

(The Fact Ghost)

Ugo Guanda Editore, March 2020, pp.288

A counter-history of Italy from the 1950s to the present day. After fifteen years of research, Bruno Arpaia constructs a compelling novel that weaves together events and stories of his adventurous investigations, brings together elusive characters, unresolved cases and uncomfortable truths, lays them bare and shows us that the most logical version of facts is not always the most truthful.

Towards the late 1950s, Tom il Greco was the head of the CIA in Rome. Throughout his long career, he had a hand in the most obscure secrets of international politics, from the Kennedy assassination to the apprehension of Che Guevara and the coup in Chile. There are, however, state secrets and political intrigues that even the shrewdest men cannot keep under control, and Tom knows this very well. Attacks that hit Italy’s resources hard in the field of electronics and nuclear energy, propelling it to its current decline. Secrets which, at this late stage, it no longer makes sense to conceal.

Ugo Guanda Editore, March 2020, pp.288

  • “Very powerful metafiction.”

    Giorgio Fontana, “Tuttolibri”, La Stampa

  • “… a novel, a non-fiction novel, metafiction, a statement of intent and experimentation. […] As has always been done by the demon dog of American literature, Ellroy.”

    Il Manifesto

  • “… Arpaia brings together two models (Leonardo Sciascia and Emmanuel Carrère) of exact reconstruction and history documentary, and also resorts to the tools of literature in order to convey the psychological shades and dynamics.”

    La Repubblica

  • “… Arpaia’s excellent book, it’s good to know and review – for those who were there and think they know it – Italy and the world literally behind us.”

    Adriano Sofri, Il Foglio

  • “… the author tries to break through the apparent glaciation of memory with the ice pick of literature.”


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Bruno Arpaia

Bruno Arpaia was born in Ottaviano (Naples) in 1957. He is a journalist, essayist and novelist, and has translated the works of Spanish and Latin-American writers such as José Ortega y Gasset, Gabriel García Márquez and Javier Cercas. All his books are published by Guanda: among them are the novels L’Angelo della Storia/The Angel of History (2001) translated into 8 languages, Il passato davanti a noi/The Past ahead of us (2006), L’energia del vuoto/The Vacuum Energy (2011), Raccontare, resistere/To Tell, to Resist, a conversation with Luis Sepúlveda, the essay L’avventura di scrivere romanzi/The Adventure of Writing Novels with Javier Cercas, the noir Prima della battaglia/Before the Battle (2015), Qualcosa là fuori/ Something, Out There (2018), Il fantasma dei fatti/The Fact Ghost (2020).

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