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Two little boys, a great friendship, a secret kept for over thirty years.
A tale that combines a coming-of-age novel and a detective story. It tells with the kind of delicacy and charm only fairy-tales have of the relationship between parents and children, grief and loss, but also of the force and tenacity destined to survive over time. Until the final, unsettling and overwhelming coup de théâtre.
Just as he is about to retire from the force, Marshal De Benedettis makes a discovery destined to disturb his peace of mind. Two dusty diaries surface from the the cellar of the old house of Guelfo Tabacci – a cantankerous mountain dweller and suspect in the case of his son’s disappearance, thirty years earlier. They were written by Filo e Rullo, two little boys who, during a summer, a long time ago, went searching for their beloved dog, Birillo, and so reached Guelfo’s mountain hut. And there, the children discovered a disconcerting, painful truth that has remained buried for too long.
Two travellers, a camper van, Europe at its darkest: a crossing from the Maritime Alps to the North Sea in search of what’s left of the night on the continent most affected by artificial light pollution.
We can all understand what the word “night” means, even if we might never have experienced it. The night, when nothing is lit and the stars have the power to pierce through the black quilt of the sky. Those who live in the Western world, particularly in large cities, have seldom been immersed in a true night. Electricity, a great invention that has opened the gates to thousands of new experiences, has inexorably absorbed all the darkness, preventing us from experiencing the other side of daytime, with all its gifts: stars, the Milky Way, the sleep/waking rhythm and the poetry of the darkness.
Irene Borgna went in search of places that are untouched by light pollution in order to reclaim the night, discover what polluting it means, then tell us about the economic, anthropological, social, poetic and symbolic aspects of light pollution.
The 21st-Century Class War is a worldwide investigation into the reasons behind the decline of democracy, labour and trade unions in the era of globalisation.
The book analyses the war of capital against labour under the illusion of the common good and provides a historical and very current background to the political dynamics that have driven the Left to abandon the defence of labour, thereby critically affecting the much-discussed growing social inequalities, the causes of which we do not, however, understand in detail.
From the main European countries to the United States, and from South America to Asia, the book manages to grasp and summarise the common strategies and causes of this decline, presenting the world as a large political community within which, playing on the myth of “social peace”, there has been an attempt to conceal the persistence of class conflict, which is gradually becoming stronger. It is in fact by letting capital take the upper hand – by raising it to the rank of superior interest – that politics has allowed it to expand without limits and erode, step by step, the share of wealth allotted to the masses in the form of income and welfare.
As the concentration of economic power in the hands of a few large multinationals – a concentration now out of political control – progresses ominously, this investigation allows citizens and specific categories such as politicians, journalists and trade unionists – to name but a few – who are separated by physical and cultural differences, to reflect on the common reasons for the ongoing crisis, and to give another face to so-called globalisation: to become aware of the inevitable return of class warfare and of the possibility of creating a true alternative to the collapse of democracies and social wellbeing.
This book gives readers a wealth of international bibliographical sources, important statements by political leaders, research carried out in different corners of the globe, as well as references to articles in the world’s main daily newspapers, which, extraordinarily, concur on a few great truths.
Finally, by quoting authoritative empirical and statistical studies, the author offers a new economic theory that goes beyond traditional economic paradigms and reveals the principal mechanisms of the great inequality machine, traced to in a complex alchemy of legal and organisational norms used by multinationals to spread throughout the world.
A chance trip to the Amazon rainforest and a revelation through a ritual with a medicinal plant, the ayahuasca. A sharp, biting journey towards maturity, one that turns into an earnest universal appeal to respect the world in which we live.
Persuaded by his cousin Nur, to whom he’s never been able to say no, Leone arrives in the heart of the Amazon. Soon, he is hurled into a world outside time, where people are healed with ceremonies where they take ayahuasca, a psychoactive decoction that has many therapeutic properties. Through psychedelic mental journeys, visions inside his own body and thanks to enlightening conversations with the ayahuasca‘s all-too-human voice, Leone embarks on the hardest battle there is: the one against himself and the demons he’s been fighting all his life. The lessons he receives make him question everything: his work as a television writer, a stagnant relationship, an identity built around toxic masculinity and the very values of a society that chooses to keep blindly heading towards self-destruction despite a heralded climate disaster. Leone’s is an involuntary shamanic journey that is both reluctant and – despite himself – often funny. He hits rock bottom before getting back up again, but the courage of looking reality in the face may teach him to live in harmony with his own nature and Nature.
Longlisted 2021 Strega Prize
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A story of tormented love between an adoptive mother and her daughter.
One of Italy’s best-loved women poets tells the story of her own childhood, when she was abandoned, and that of her even harder, tormented relationship with her adoptive mother – a crucial figure in this tale and enquiry into love.
A well-known news item that featured for weeks on the front pages of Italian newspapers in the 1960s marks the beginning of Maria Grazia Calandrone’s story. In 1965, an eight-month-old baby was found in the middle of the Villa Borghese park in Rome. In the days that followed, the sad circumstances surrounding her abandonment were discovered. Her mother, who’d been unfaithful to her husband, and the baby’s father had committed suicide by throwing themselves into the Tiber. After less than a month in an orphanage, the little girl was adopted by Giacomo Calandrone, the then leader of the Italian Communist Party, and his wife, who was a teacher.
The author opts for the first time for fiction to tell us the most difficult story of her life: not about being abandoned but about her rapport with her adoptive mother: a loving but also oppressive and cruel relationship.
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