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  • 15 December 2023 Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone Can a crime novel be funny, despite treading the path of the genre’s most classic conventions? The answer is yes, if it’s written by multiple-award-winning Australian stand-up comedian ... +
  • 15 December 2023

    Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone

    Can a crime novel be funny, despite treading the path of the genre’s most classic conventions? The answer is yes, if it’s written by multiple-award-winning Australian stand-up comedian Benjamin Stevenson, and even the premise of the title is paradoxical: the Cunningham family at the centre of the story is literally related “by blood”. Each in their own way is guilty of a crime, including Ernie, who edits manuals on how to write crime novels and is a private investigator, as well as the story’s narrator. The reunion organised to celebrate the release of Ernie’s brother Michael from prison brings them together at a prestigious ski resort. While a blizzard breaks out and the police fumble in the dark, it’s up to Ernie to work out whether the culprit is someone in his family, before they’re killed one by one. Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone seems to belong to several subgenres of crime novel; Agatha Christie-style Cosy Mystery, firstly, for at least three reasons: the setting – an isolated and apparently idyllic mountain resort – the amateur detective-writer following the example of Jessica Fletcher, the supporting character alongside the main character at every stage of the investigation. The tribute to the Whodunnit Novel structure is suggested by the explicit reference to Ronald Knox’s “10 Commandments of Detective Fiction”. And last but not least, the ironic register typical of the Comic Mystery, which boasts prestigious predecessors in film with Robert Moore’s Murder by Death (1976), with a sensational Truman Capote in the role of mysterious billionaire Lionel Twain, Clue (1985), in which Jonathan Lynn stages an open parody of Cluedo, up to the more recent Knives Out, directed by Rian Johnson, with a cast featuring stars of the calibre of Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and Christopher Plummer. A publishing sensation in 2022, the novel has been translated in more than 20 countries, published by Feltrinelli as Tutti nella mia famiglia hanno ucciso qualcuno in Italy, and will be made into a miniseries for HBO, thanks to collaboration between Made Up Stories and Endeavor Content. A high-altitude investigation to be conducted “in the family”, for a literary escape from Christmas gatherings.  

    Tutti nella mia famiglia hanno ucciso qualcuno
    Benjamin Stevenson
    Feltrinelli, 2022

    Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone
  • 07 December 2023 Down in the Valley Paolo Cognetti’s latest novel is the story of two brothers and two trees. The brothers are Luigi and Alfredo, for whom their father planted a larch and a ... +
  • 07 December 2023

    Down in the Valley

    Paolo Cognetti’s latest novel is the story of two brothers and two trees. The brothers are Luigi and Alfredo, for whom their father planted a larch and a fir respectively, before taking his life. Luigi is a police forest ranger; he’s an alcoholic and spends his nights sleeping out in the forest. Alfredo is gloomy and violent, leaving the valley in his youth to go and live in Canada, among forests and wolves. Elisabetta is Luigi’s wife, who has chosen a life far from any town. The valley setting for the story is Valsesia, which runs along the river with one side in the sun and one in the shade, like all the elements of this novel, human, environmental and animal. One day, the bodies of dogs with their necks bitten are discovered and an attempt is made to discover whether they were killed by a dog or by a wolf. In keeping with tradition, in Cognetti’s novels the environment is a key character in the book, which opens with love between a dog and a wolf and ends with a chapter that’s an epic poem dedicated to trees and their struggle against the advance of man, their destroyer.

    Giù nella valle
    Paolo Cognetti
    Einaudi, 2023

    Down in the Valley
  • 29 November 2023 What We Are Not In his latest novel, with a title that recalls the celebrated poem of Eugenio Montale, Gianni Biondillo tells of a generation of architects who adhered to rationalism, convinced ... +
  • 29 November 2023

    What We Are Not

    In his latest novel, with a title that recalls the celebrated poem of Eugenio Montale, Gianni Biondillo tells of a generation of architects who adhered to rationalism, convinced of its innovative charge, and that Fascism too could revolutionise Italian society. These women and men fought against Italian academicism, linked to Rome and centralised. In the first part of the book, the author talks about the enthusiasm and ideas of these young architects who gathered between Milan and Como from all over Italy, authentic experimental laboratories for the avant-garde. These ideals were betrayed by the reality of Fascism, however, and their faith crumbled for good following the racial laws, the increasingly close link to Nazism and the beginning of the war. Many therefore joined the resistance movement or fled abroad to avoid deportation. The second part of the novel revisits the years of the war and the fight against the regime, which led many of the book’s main characters to take a firm stand against Fascism and be subjected to imprisonment, torture and deportation.

    Quello che noi non siamo
    Gianni Biondillo
    Guanda, 2023

    What We Are Not
  • 23 November 2023 Piero Manzoni: BACGLSP Paolo Bacilieri puts his name to the graphic biography of the great artist Piero Manzoni, pursuing his narrative of Milan through the locations and architecture of the city ... +
  • 23 November 2023

    Piero Manzoni: BACGLSP

    Paolo Bacilieri puts his name to the graphic biography of the great artist Piero Manzoni, pursuing his narrative of Milan through the locations and architecture of the city and the great people who have been through it. Manzoni marked international art with his provocations, from the canned “artist’s shit” standing out on the cover of the volume published by Coconino, to his fingerprinted hard-boiled eggs. The book goes back over his life from his birth, in 1933: a dazzling but extremely fast-paced career, which ended with the death of the artist, who passed away very young in 1963. The black and white of the panels poetically depict a city full of contradictions that was rapidly evolving after the war; images of the streets of the centre follow those of the slums, of the Pirellone tower and of the city vegetable gardens. Nights spent in the Bar Jamaica in Brera and the relationship with friends like Ettore Sottsass and Lucio Fontana.

    Piero Manzoni: BACGLSP. Basta a ciascun giorno la sua pena (Piero Manzoni: Each day has enough trouble of its own)
    Paolo Bacilieri
    Coconino press, 2023

    Piero Manzoni: BACGLSP
  • 16 November 2023 Hunger Games: the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes In the Capitol it is the morning of the tenth reaping of the Hunger Games. The young Coriolanus Snow, mentor of the Games, knows well that bringing his ... +
  • 16 November 2023

    Hunger Games: the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

    In the Capitol it is the morning of the tenth reaping of the Hunger Games. The young Coriolanus Snow, mentor of the Games, knows well that bringing his tribute to victory is his one chance to redeem the name of his family and achieve glory. The road is anything but smooth: he will be entrusted with a woman, and from district 12 – the weakest – into the bargain. In the arena, the young people fight to the death, while outside the games Coriolanus begins to feel something towards his tribute. The choice between following the rules and the desire to survive, no matter the cost, will be increasingly complex. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Ballata dell'usignolo e del serpente in Italian) is a raw, three-part narrative (before, during and after the Hunger Games) that explores the subtle and ambiguous difference between good and evil, maturity and immaturity, ethics and immorality, love and opportunism. Through the gaze of the future, dictatorial, President of Panem, the reader is accompanied through his three-month rise to power. It’s a rise that’s anything but predictable or simple, which passes through a constant conflict between right and wrong choices, ethics sacrificed and the ego’s abuse of other people’s lives. As in the original trilogy, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes too is an analysis of human nature in the form of a novel, especially of its most ambiguous characteristic: the tendency towards manipulation.

    Hunger Games. Ballata dell'usignolo e del serpente
    by Suzanne Collins
    Mondadori

    Hunger Games: the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
  • 27 October 2023 Little Illustrated Manual for Leaf Hunters Maples, fig trees, ginkgos, apple trees, poplars, oaks. As in a bouquet, Piccolo manuale illustrato per cercatori di foglie (Little Illustrated Manual for Leaf Hunters) offers a selection ... +
  • 27 October 2023

    Little Illustrated Manual for Leaf Hunters

    Maples, fig trees, ginkgos, apple trees, poplars, oaks. As in a bouquet, Piccolo manuale illustrato per cercatori di foglie (Little Illustrated Manual for Leaf Hunters) offers a selection of twenty trees and an identikit for each, made up of botanical characteristics and historical, artistic and literary references. Between one chapter and another, some blank pages invite the reader to return to their childhood and keep some examples: from the melancholy yellow fans of ginkgo to the blood-red tips of autumn maples, from the alternating, ovate-rhomboid, toothed long-stemmed leaves of birch, to those of the plane, recalling the palm of a hand, to the glossy, dark green elliptic leaves of lemon, with crenate edges. Piccolo manuale illustrato per cercatori di foglie is a miniature gem without age limit that encourages us to listen to and understand the world before us, invites us to return to the playfulness of childhood and the nostalgia typical of autumn. The volume ends with a bibliography, the “Little Arboreal Library”, which from Mario Rigoni Stern to Michael Pollan, via Tiziano Fratus, Emanuele Coccia and Mauro Agnoletti, proposes some passages of Italian and other narrative on the subject for reading.  

    Piccolo manuale illustrato per cercatori di foglie
    with texts by Giuseppe Zare and illustrations by Sofia Paravicini
    Il Saggiatore, 2021

    Little Illustrated Manual for Leaf Hunters
  • 11 October 2023 If I Can, You Can Do It, Too When an early spring wakes the animals of the wood from hibernation, Tortoise sets off for the top of the hill, where he’ll celebrate his first 100th anniversary. ... +
  • 11 October 2023

    If I Can, You Can Do It, Too

    When an early spring wakes the animals of the wood from hibernation, Tortoise sets off for the top of the hill, where he’ll celebrate his first 100th anniversary. On his walk he meets Bear, who is aggressive only in appearance. As they go, many animals join the two friends. After the first rough approaches of Bear, they make up a very large and varied company. Step by step they teach Bear how great it is to work together and, finally, they enjoy a magnificent spectacle together, made even lovelier by being together. Taking your own path or proceeding as a group towards a common goal? Se riesco io, puoi farcela anche tu (If I Can, You Can Do It, Too) is an illustrated book that can promote the value of kindness and cooperation. It’s no coincidence that the dedication is “to those who bravely choose the path of cooperation”. Mr Tortoise opens our eyes to how great and important it is to work and be together, share and divide, talk and discuss; he opens the door to the etymological, true and deep meaning of the word ‘company’ . Se riesco io, puoi farcela anche tu speaks precisely about how effortless even the steepest climb can be, if you have the right people alongside you. At every problem encountered, Mr Tortoise always knows what to do: kindly ask for help. And it’s precisely with everyone’s help that everyone reaches the top of the hill. Fast or slow, swift or lazy, big or small: thanks to everyone’s abilities, everyone reaches the destination… together! A simple walk is transformed, page after page, into a shared journey, packed with experiences, new encounters and a truly breathtaking view.  

    Se riesco io, puoi farcela anche tu
    by Roberta Brioschi, Annarita Da Bellonio, Lorenzo Sangiò
    Carthusia, 2020

    If I Can, You Can Do It, Too
  • 27 September 2023 Here, and Only Here Una scuola piena di misteri, un club supersegreto e un’oscura, terribile minaccia. A school full of mysteries, a top secret club and a dark, terrible threat. It’s the ... +
  • 27 September 2023

    Here, and Only Here

    Una scuola piena di misteri, un club supersegreto e un’oscura, terribile minaccia. A school full of mysteries, a top secret club and a dark, terrible threat. It’s the first day of lessons and Iris immediately starts to notice some shadows lurking over the school building. Shoe prints on the ceilings as if someone were walking upside down, desks that move on their own, students who are chased out of the normal toilets and bullied, miracle-working gurus and a “Top Secret Club” that unites some students seeking the mysterious substance that causes the strange happenings in the school and that will lead to the end of the world. It’s a terrible world that appears behind the school gates. There will be no room for people who cry, who are weak, here: weaknesses are honed weapons in the hands of others, who will try every means of defending themselves from attacks, in order not to suffer wounds in their turn. Christelle Dabos’s eagerly awaited return to bookshops has many sides to it. Navigating between reality and fiction, magic and obscene language, the author has succeeded in creating a coming-of-age novel in which middle school increasingly resembles a kingdom built on rules and retaliation, in which adults appear merely as indistinct bit players. On crossing the school gates, the main character must face the definitive break with childhood and enter – metaphors aside – a new phase of life, in which her older sister won’t hold her hand any longer and she’ll be forced to grow. But she won’t be alone: together with her, Pierre, Madeleine and Guy will each narrate their own personal perspective. The style is rough and the language slangy, a far cry from the pomp of the previous saga but able to penetrate to the depths of the characters’ psychology. It will be impossible to remain indifferent to the intense self-examination that will plunge the reader into the core of the book.  

    Qui, solo qui (Here, and Only Here)
    by Christelle Dabos
    E/O Edizioni

    Here, and Only Here

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  • 20 November 2023 Premio Biella 2023 The closing ceremony will be held on Saturday 25 November 2023, in Biella, at the Città Studi Auditorium, including the award for the winner of the 22nd edition, ... +
  • 20 November 2023

    Premio Biella 2023

    The closing ceremony will be held on Saturday 25 November 2023, in Biella, at the Città Studi Auditorium, including the award for the winner of the 22nd edition, for the Premio Biella Letteratura e Industria, a literary prize dedicated to novels or essays able to capture ongoing economic and social transformation and explore the relationship between two seemingly distant worlds: the world of art and the world of industrial development. To find out more, click here.

    Premio Biella 2023
  • 08 November 2023 Bookcity Milano The initiative promoted by the Comune of Milan and the Bookcity Milano Association with the aim of putting books and readers at the heart of a series of ... +
  • 08 November 2023

    Bookcity Milano

    The initiative promoted by the Comune of Milan and the Bookcity Milano Association with the aim of putting books and readers at the heart of a series of events in the urban area returns, once more with the support of Pirelli this year. From 15 to 19 November, the city of Milan will be packed with hundreds of events, meetings, presentations, dialogues, readings, exhibitions, shows and seminars on new reading practices. The theme of the 12th edition is “dreamtime”. To see the full programme click here.

    Bookcity Milano
  • 02 November 2023 Campiello Junior – Third edition The Ceremony for the selection of the three category finalists will be held on Friday, 10 November 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Pirelli HQ Auditorium. The three finalist ... +
  • 02 November 2023

    Campiello Junior – Third edition

    The Ceremony for the selection of the three category finalists will be held on Friday, 10 November 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Pirelli HQ Auditorium. The three finalist books for the two Campiello Junior categories – ages 7–10 and 11–14  – will be announced during the event, which will be live-streamed on the Premio Campiello YouTube channel. They will be chosen by a Technical Jury chaired by Pino Boero, former Professor of Children’s Literature at the University of Genoa, and made up of Chiara Lagani, actor and playwright, Michela Possamai, lecturer at the IUSVE University of Venice and David Tolin, bookseller and board member of ALIR. The meeting, moderated by Giancarlo Leone, will also feature contributions from Antonio Calabrò, Director of Fondazione Pirelli and Enrico Carraro, Chairman of Fondazione Il Campiello.

    Campiello Junior – Third edition
  • 11 September 2023 Premio Campiello 2023 The 61st edition of the Premio Campiello literary prize, of which Pirelli is once again a partner this year, will end on Saturday 16 September. In anticipation of ... +
  • 11 September 2023

    Premio Campiello 2023

    The 61st edition of the Premio Campiello literary prize, of which Pirelli is once again a partner this year, will end on Saturday 16 September. In anticipation of the announcement of the winner, you can see Fondazione Pirelli’s interviews with the authors by clicking here to find out about the five finalist books. During the Award Ceremony, which will be held at La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Antonio Calabrò, Director of Fondazione Pirelli and Enrico Carraro, Chairman of Fondazione Il Campiello, will also present awards to Nicola Cinquetti and Davide Rigiani, winners of the second edition of the Premio Campiello Junior, the prize created in collaboration with Fondazione Pirelli for Italian works of fiction and poetry written for young people.

    Premio Campiello 2023
  • 14 November 2023 Carlo Emilio Gadda Carlo Emilio Gadda was born in Milan on 14 November 1893 and died in Rome on 21 May 1973. He was one of the great innovators in 20th ... +
  • 14 November 2023

    Carlo Emilio Gadda

    Carlo Emilio Gadda was born in Milan on 14 November 1893 and died in Rome on 21 May 1973. He was one of the great innovators in 20th century narrative and one of the first authors to experiment with using a language blending dialect, jargon and neologisms, with a style seeking to use dissonance to create a sense of mental displacement. He wrote the article “Dell’automobile” (“On the car”) in Pirelli Rivista magazine no. 5 of 1963.

    Carlo Emilio Gadda
  • 25 October 2023 Zadie Smith Sadie Adeline Smith was born in London on 25 October 1975. Smith is one of the major British authors of recent decades. Her debut novel, White Teeth, was ... +
  • 25 October 2023

    Zadie Smith

    Sadie Adeline Smith was born in London on 25 October 1975. Smith is one of the major British authors of recent decades. Her debut novel, White Teeth, was an instant hit and sold millions of copies both in Britain and abroad, winning multiple honours as well. Her novels are always set in London, the city where she grew up. Her works also include The Autograph Man, Swing Time and the Grand Union short story collection.

    Zadie Smith
  • 21 October 2023 Ursula K. Le Guin Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was born in Berkeley, in California, on 21 October, 1929. Today, Le Guin is considered one of the most important science fiction authors of ... +
  • 21 October 2023

    Ursula K. Le Guin

    Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was born in Berkeley, in California, on 21 October, 1929. Today, Le Guin is considered one of the most important science fiction authors of all time and has won many literary awards. Daughter of an anthropologist, the author has a profound knowledge of the social sciences and attention can be noted in her novels to the issues of gender and social and cultural identity, but also themes such environmentalism and pacifism. In 1968 she published A Wizard of Earthsea, the first novel of the Earthsea cycle, which will become one of the most famous fantasy sagas. Her other novels also include The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed.

    Ursula K. Le Guin
  • 15 October 2023 Italo Calvino A hundred years ago, on 15 September 1923, Italo Calvino, one of the greatest Italian writers of the 20th century, a partisan in the Italian resistance movement and ... +
  • 15 October 2023

    Italo Calvino

    A hundred years ago, on 15 September 1923, Italo Calvino, one of the greatest Italian writers of the 20th century, a partisan in the Italian resistance movement and a prominent intellectual in the period after the Second World War, was born in Cuba, in the province of Havana. His vast literary output encompasses several genres, from fairy tale collections to neo-realist and surrealist fiction, often questioning contemporary society and politics. His article about Carnival entitled “Il mondo alla rovescia” (“The upside-down world”) was published in the Pirelli Rivista magazine in 1970. His books include: Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno (The Path to the Nest of Spiders), Lezioni americane (Six Memos for the Next Millennium) Il visconte dimezzato (The Cloven Viscount), Le città invisibili (Invisible Cities) and Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore (If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller).

    Italo Calvino