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 the last century. He has been a professional in the field of industrial design for more than thirty years. After the first forty years as a reader he discovered writing by chance: a life’s joke. His forever partner enrolls him in a creative writing course: maybe for fun, more likely to get rid of him. A spark that, once lit, does not go out but becomes a narrative, stories, thoughts; some of which published by BESA in “Pretesti Sensibili - Sensitive Excuses” (2008). His first collection of short stories, “Futili Emotivi- Futile Emotions”, was published by Carta & Penna Editore in 2010. His passion for literature led him to “infect” other readers by coordinating reading groups: “Arcobaleno” in Paderno Franciacorta, “Chiare Lettere” in Nave. He actively collaborates with the literary magazine Inkroci with reviews and stories.