Stefano Di Marino – Shadow Heroes

Tell me about a (spy) movie

A century of spy movies from their beginning to the present day, narrated, commented, placed in their historical background and split by subject area: this is Shadow heroes, a journey into the genre explained by Stefano Di Marino, one of the most authoritative and prestigious names in the Italian spy fiction area, backbone of the Segretissimo series. It ranges from the early twentieth century to World War II, from the Cold War to the fall of the Berlin Wall, from 9/11 to today’s uncertainties. And it focuses on the most important series and strands: James Bond, OSS117, Michael Caine and his agent Palmer, SAS and Jason Bourne – based on novels by Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy – and much more. Far from the haughty tones of some film critics, this precious book contains all the essentials of a genre that’s closely linked to current events and too often underappreciated. A fascinating essay, that reads like a novel, will not disappoint the fans, and will be an indispensable compass for all newbies.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)

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Heiko H. Caimi
Heiko H. Caimi, born in 1968, is a writer, screenwriter, poet and teacher of fiction writing. He has collaborated as an author with publishers Mondadori, Tranchida, Abrigliasciolta and others. He has taught at the Egea bookshop of Bocconi University in Milan and several other schools, libraries and associations in Italy and Switzerland. Since 2013 he has been editorial director of the literature magazine Inkroci. He is one of the founders and organizers of the traveling literary festival Libri in Movimento. He collaborates with the news magazine "InPrimis" keeping the column "Pages in a minute" and with the blog of the writer Barbara Garlaschelli "Sdiario". He published the novel "I predestinati" (The Predestined, Prospero, 2019) and edited the anthology of short stories "Oltre il confine. Storie di migrazione" (Over the border. Migration stories, Prospero, 2019).