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)