Francesco Piccolo – The Desire to Be like Everyone

The right to be happy like everyone

This book is neither a novel nor an essay, it’s a work that with brightness, and a very personal point of view, meditates on the last twenty-years of Italian history.

Francesco Piccolo, a leftist, succeeded, with a language in between narration and journalism  in illustrating the Italian Democratic Party’s point of view and also in debating on its spooky omen.

He assembles various events such as Berlinguer’s funeral and the discovery of the pleasure of losing; Moro’s kidnapping and a father’s betrayal. Parise’s intellectual courage and the death of a lover on St. Valentine’s Day. Bertinotti’s speech which destroyed Prodi’s government and the victory of superficiality. Every-day life in the twenty years of Berlusconi’s influence; one of Craxi’s sentences and a novel by Raymond Carver…

Tempted by the desire to be like everyone else, Piccolo tells us his personal Italian story in a way which is, only apparently, light hearted. He enriches it with interesting thoughts and psychological implications which seem to fit quite well in the story. What seems incredible is that he won the Strega literary award.

Translation by Francesca Pietroboni (edited by Sabrina Macchi)

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Giorgio Olivari
Giorgio Olivari was born in Brescia in June 1964. He received a technology-oriented education, and works as an industrial design R&D professional. After his first forty years spent as a reader he discovers writing by chance. The twist of fate is his enrollment in a Writing School. After that, sparks begin to fly and soon the fire is set. A fire that turns into tales, stories and thoughts, some of which collected in the book “Pretesti Sensibili” published by BESA Editrice in 2008. “Futili Emotivi”, his first short story collection, was published by Carta & Penna Editore in 2010, after winning the first prize at the 2009 Praeder Willi literary contest.