cooper editore Cooper Edizioni was founded in 2001, in Rome. In these years, Cooper has enriched is catalogue with more than 100 volumes, whose subjects cover a wide range of literary and cultural interests: from contemporary fiction to classics, from entertaining and satirical pamphlets to historical and social essays on topical questions. A special attention is dedicated to young and modern cult cultures, and to the look to modern issues. Our series: The Cooper Files is concerned with big social, political, economical current issues and historical matters. Pamphlets, essays, non fiction titles; Cooper Storie collects fiction (novel, short stories); Cooper Classici, a series dedicated to translations of some great classics. Who is Who in Cooper: Cooper editore Via Atanasio Kircher, 7 00197 Roma Tel. +39 06 80 91 271 Fax +39 06 80 76 819 is a brand of www.coopereditore.it – www.bandalargaeditore.it Emanuele Bevilacqua • Publisher Andrea Delli Colli • President of Banda Larga srl / Cooper Francisco Vilalta • Press and Circulation, [email protected] Marzia Colandrea • Editor and Foreign rights, [email protected] Elena Giacchino • Press office, [email protected] Valeria Guiducci • Administration office and customer service, [email protected] new release October 2011 Matteo Speroni Brigate Nonni: I ribelli del tramonto When Retirees Spark the Revolution Matteo Speroni’s affecting novel, set in an imagined Italian present and future, tells the story of thousands of retirees between ages 60 and 70 years who find out that the state coffers they’ve long relied on for their pension checks has been emptied out as a result of state corruption and mismanagement. A desperate group of elders decide to revolt, which they do against surreal backdrop of an Italy in shambles. The pensioners join together with the marginalized, including immigrants and vagrants, and make camp in a decadent northern city (modeled on Milan) that is divided between rich and poor, residential neighborhoods and slums. At the heart of the book is the “Morning Star” faction, headed by Vincent. He’s a sixty-something cad driver fascinated by semiotics. In a setting that teeters between the dramatic and the bizarre, sometimes the comic, police come after him. The narrative culminates with “Operation Big Spring,” an event that Vincent and his companions hope will change the world. Scathing, grotesque and poignant, Speroni paints a tragicomic vision of an Italy between today’s headlines. Matteo Speroni edits the Milan culture and entertainment pages of the newspaper “Corriere della Sera.” He’s a philosophy graduate who has also worked as an actor and radio host. He’s the author of the novel “I diavoli di Via Padova,” published by Cooper in 2010. fiction pp. 256, 14,00 euro isbn 978-88-7394-174-3 new releases November 2011 Marco Casolino Grikon A Thriller with Japanese Comic Books at its Core Adriano, a young history grad student in history from Rome, is invited to Tokyo by Professor Uchinomori to complete his thesis on World War II. But a mysterious nighttime explosion at the Uchinomori home injures the professor’s young son and is followed by the outbreak of a lethal disease that starts killing people one by one. Scrounging around where the bomb went off, Adriano finds the remnants of an infamous Japanese comic strip of the 1980s, “The Invincible Robot Grikon V,” seen as cursed by collectors. From that moment on, Adriano finds himself entangled in a web of events that leads him into modern Tokyo’s heat of darkness. He meets collectors at war among one another to possess the comic book and delve into its meaning. Intrigued by the power the comic book appears to confer on its owner, Adriano feels compelled to carry out his own investigation. He probes the murder of Grikon, the strip’s designer, 20 years before, and soon discovers the real cause of the strange goings-on, namely a secret World War II experiment involving the shadowy Unit 731 which worked near Nagasaki. Can Adriano uncover the Grikon secret before it’s too late? Casolino’s novel, full of gripping twists and turns, weaves the history of wartime nuclear experiments with the life of fanatical Japanese comic book collectors, a subculture in their own right. It’s also a story about friendship and love with modern Japan as a backdrop. Marco Casolino is a physicist responsible for any number of radiation experiments carried in space, both on the Russian Mir and the International Space Station. He has participated in launch operations at Cape Canaveral in Florida and the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. He is a senior researcher at the University of Rome Tor Vergata’s National Institute of Nuclear Physics and the RIKEN sciences institute in Japan. In 2011, Cooper also published his “Come sopravvivere alla radioattività.” fiction | thrillers | mystery | science ficton pp. 450, 20,00 euro isbn 978-88-7394-198-9 April 2011 Love in the Afternoon, 21st-Century Style Tenere Valse Portami Tante Rose The setting is modern day Rome. A Latin and Greek teacher turns to prostitution by choice to better understand female sexuality. Tenere Valse’s story takes the reader through her narrator’s daily life, which includes red-light district encounters with clients. Over time, she meets men from all walks of life: A politician who sees her between Senate sessions; a cop who offers to protect her; a state TV employee; a upscale college student; an S&M “master” who worries about his “slave”; a sadistic lawyer; a cocaine-addled actor, and finally a priest (she lost her virginity to one in her youth). Aside from its erotic side, Valse novel is a meditation on women who hail from the still-retrograde Italian south and stand little chance of achieving social and professional parity with men, let alone people from elsewhere in the country. She’s also cut off from sexual self-awareness. Valse’s ends her story in a classroom full of students who are more eager to talk about “Big Brother” than Petronius. Faced with endless vulgarity, she sees no way out and only one radical choice: To embrace even greater vulgarity. Being a whore and giving it her all. A documentary will be realesed based on “Portami tante rose”. Tenera Valse was born into a family of teachers in Taranto in 1973. She grew up semi-poor. Her parents hoped she’d become a teacher and mother. “Teaching gives you plenty of time for the home,” said her mother. “You’ll be the youngest professor in Italy,” said her father. It almost worked out. In 2000, she was named to head up the Latin and Greek department of a Rome high school. But in 2008 she quit to take up prostitution. She left the school job a year later. fiction | autobiography | erotic literature | human sexuality pp. 228, 13,50 euro 11,5x18,5 format isbn 978-88-7394-183-5 April 2011 Lino Cascioli La Versione di Pilato: Politica imperiale e integralismo religioso ai tempi di Gesù Foreword by Erik Amfitheatrof Introduction by Lucio Caracciolo A Letter from Pontius Pilate to the Emperor Can you write a novel of geopolitical fiction that concerns events and facts that occurred more than 2,000 years ago and make the narrative relevant? Lino Cascioli proves you can. His compelling story reads like a metaphor for the eternal conflict between East and West. He merges known historical truths about the period with a narrative tone that matches up with the best Latin classics. The result a fascinating historical novel that often reads like a period-piece document. The book takes the form of a letter from Pontius Pilate to Roman emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus in which Pilate tells of his time spent in the East. He describes the obstacles posed by people culturally distant from Rome’s practical and secular approach. He describes the movement around a man known to many as “the Messiah,” whom he condemned to die to avert chaos. Pilate doesn’t fully fathom the stature of Jesus, the man he’s had killed. Instead, he uses him almost incidentally, to describe and highlight the unbridgeable gap between Rome and the East. Abundant are subtle references to the current conflict between the pro-American West and Islamic extremism. Cascioli’s book is important not only for what it tells us about Judea at the time of Christ’s Crucifixion, but what it says about the Middle East today. Lino Cascioli is a writer, historian and journalist. He has published books on Rome and Roman dialect for Newton & Compton. He has also written on sports and photography. historical fiction pp. 160, 14,00 euro 14,1x21 format isbn 978-88-7394-186-6 November 2010 Romeo and Juliet under Saddam Fariborz Kamkari I fiori di Kirkuk This debut novel from director Kamkari is based on the screenplay of film released at the Rome Film Festival and elsewhere. An Iranian-born Kurd, Kamkari sets his love story in Iraq of the 1980s, when Saddam Hussein worked to exterminate the country’s indigenous Kurdish population. Kamkari substitutes the hostility of rival families with the bitterness between ethnic groups. The story involves Najla, the daughter of a wealthy Arab family in Baghdad, and Sherko, a Kurdish young doctor who works for a humanitarian organization. Najla’s family members are militant Saddam loyalists who find the idea of such a union grotesque. When Sherko tells Najla, who is studying in Italy, that they must end their engagement, she returns to Iraq to discover why. Slowly, she learns the horrors of the Kurdish reality. She associates with the Kurdish struggle, leading to her imprisonment and torture. Like many Kurds, she ends up in a mass grave. Najla fateful story is about one woman’s dreams and how they conflict with ideals and traditions of her family. Love, betrayal and the fate of the two men who want to marry her, Sherko and a military officer anointed by her family, are deftly woven together ahead of Najla’s tragic death. Fariborz Kamkari is an Iranian-born Kurdish director, screenwriter and producer. Born in 1971, he studied film and theater in Tehran, later writing screenplays for a number of Iranian filmmakers. His first film, “Black Tape: A Tehran Diary,” was screened at the 2002 Venice Film Festival. The movie “I fiori di Kirkuk” (“The Flowers of Kirkuk”) was produced thanks to funding from the MEDIA program and Euroimages. This is his first novel. novel pp. 272, 16,00 euro 12,9x19,8 format isbn 978-88-7394-170-5 Based on the film screenplay “I fiori di Kirkuk” (Golakani Kirkuk) April 2010 Kiril K. Maritchkov Clandestination West-to-East: The ‘True’ Story Ivan is a young Eastern European with a degree in architecture. Unable to get a job at home, he pays his way to get into Italy illegally, hoping for a break. But Italy turns out to be anything but the promised land. He’s soon lured into a life of exploitation, lawlessness, and dangerous liaisons. The misery and nearly subhuman conditions around him extinguish his hopefulness. He is gradually stripped of dignity, love, and respect for himself and others. Novelist Maritchkov has produced a hardnosed vision of immigrant life in Italy, drenched in prostitution, modern human bondage, and social deprivation. It paints a gross and sometimes darkly comic view of today’s multi-ethnic Italy. Ivan is a fictional archetype for so many illegal immigrants who come to the West hoping for better but find worse. There will be a TV movie, based on this book. Kiril Kirilov Maritchkov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1973 and came to Italy in 1994 with his grandfather, the first Bulgarian ambassador to the Holy See and the Order of Malta. He is an attorney specializing in international law and immigration cases. fiction pp. 156, 16,00 euro 13x19,7 format isbn 978-88-7394-106-4 Rights sold: film production (Italy) new release October 2011 Gian Franco Svidercoschi Mal di Chiesa: Dubbi e speranze di un cristiano in crisi With a reflection by Adriano Sofri Tough Words from a Christian in Crisis In this short work, a self-proclaimed “Christian in crisis” offers harsh criticism of the current state of the Roman Catholic Church, and to a lesser extent the ongoing papacy of Pope Benedict XVI. That the author, Gian Franco Svidercoschi, is a former deputy editor of the Vatican newspaper “L’Osservatore Romano” as well as the coauthor of a book with Pope John Paul II lends the volume its credibility. Given Svidercoschi’s background, his troubling observations are likely to produce debate in the Catholic world. He criticizes the careerism that has resurfaced in Roman Curia. He openly discusses pedophilia and homosexuality in the context of the seminary environment. He also takes on the Office for Religious Works, the Vatican bank, which over the years has channeled dubious money and accepted deposits from complacent politicians, shady real estate developers and financial fixers. What does this flurry of scandals mean? Where is the Church headed? Svidercoschi has produced a courageous, intelligent, and probing critique that gives voice to popular discontent among Christians. He knocks on the doors of St. Peter’s itself hoping to extract answers. Gian Franco Svidercoschi has been a journalist since 1959. From 1983 to 1985, he was deputy editor of “L’Osservatore Romano”. He interviewed John Paul II and collaborated with the pope on the 1996 book “Dono e Mistero” (LEV). He is the author of 15 books, including “Lettera a un amico ebreo” (1993, Mondadori), “Storia di Karol” (2001), and “Una vita con Karol” (2007, Rizzoli), written with Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Pope John Paul’s former secretary. Edizioni San Paolo published his “Un Papa che non muore. L’eredità di Giovanni Paolo II” in 2009. religion | Roman catholic church | current affairs pp. 168, 11,00 euro isbn 978-88-7394-210-8 April 2011 Radiation, a Short Survival Guide Marco Casolino Come sopravvivere alla radioattività Get to know radioaction and you get out of its way. Within limits. Since there’s no escaping it complete. It surrounds the planet and emerges from the bowels of the earth. Our loved ones emit it and so do we. Radioactivity per se doesn’t mean something’s dangerous, at least not within certain limits. But what exactly are these limits? When are we safe and when should we start worrying? In the wake of the Japanese tsunami and its nuclear leak aftermath, this essay uses simple, clear prose to state the basics of nuclear physics and its impact on biology. Casolino explains at what point radioactivity begins to affect the human body, examining the places most at risk from excess radiation. How much radiation is there in space, in commercial aircraft, in the basement of homes? Taking the Japanese events as a cue, he also examines modern applications of radioactivity to help readers also appreciate its good side (it is vital to archaeological research and both cancer diagnostics and treatment). This slender handbook can help everyday people better understand when radiation poses a threat, whether at home or in the wake of natural catastrophe. Marco Casolino is a physicist responsible for any number of radiation experiments carried in space, both on the Russian Mir and the International Space Station. He has participated in launch operations at Cape Canaveral in Florida and the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. He is a senior researcher at the University of Rome Tor Vergata’s National Institute of Nuclear Physics and the RIKEN sciences institute in Japan. He has published papers in both “Nature” and “Science” magazines. In November 2011 his novel “Grikon” will be published by Cooper. pp. 132, 10,00 euro 11,5x18,5 format isbn 978-88-7394-175-0 October 2010 Christianity in the Middle East Antonio Picasso Il Medio Oriente Cristiano Introduction by Lucio Caracciolo First come the Armenians, Copts, Maronites, and Syriacs. After them the Iraqi Christians, those of Antioch, and the followers of the Greek-Orthodox and Melchite churches. Today, in the so-called “fertile Crescent,” where the Bible was born, more than 20 Christian communities still flourish. The events of September 11, 2001 not only redirected the Middle East into a crisis but also saw a deterioration of dialogue between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. But the survival of Christianity in the midst of Islam provides ample proof that the Middle East can still host political, cultural and religious coexistence. Picasso has traveled extensively through the region and this volume represents a kind of diary. It includes interviews with members of Christian communities that live next door to Muslim ones. His vivid prose lucidly untangles the complexities of the modern Middle Eastern religious mosaic. Antonio Picasso, a professional journalist, also works as an analyst in the Middle East branch of the Italian Center for International Studies (Ce.S.I.). He has contributed to “The Independent”, “East” magazine and “Liberal”. This is his first book. A book on Kashmir will come out with Cooper next year. history and religion pp. 224, 15,00 euro 13,1x21 format isbn 978-88-7394-166-8 2nd edition july 2006 Amedeo Osti Guerrazzi Caino a Roma: I complici romani della Shoah Foreword by Leone Paserman Italians Holocaust Guilt Revisited Using little-studied documentation regarding the trial of collaborators and informers immediately after World War II, historian Amedeo Osti Guerrazzi meticulously reopens the nettlesome question of the Italian role in the Holocaust. He raises a series of uncomfortable allegations and supports their conclusions with disturbing evidence. Many Italians turned to anti-Semitism not for religious bias but for profit, rewarded by the regime for the capture of the Jews. But as a result of the 1946 amnesty and the countless stories by Jews grateful to Italians for their salvation, Italy’s ambiguous role was long ago replaced by the myth of the Italian Good Samaritan who worked to protect the country’s Jewish population against persecution. While some of this is true, it obscures the many occasions of malfeasance and guilt, which Guerrazzi uncovers. Hence the title, “Cain in Rome.” The book opens with foreword by Leone Paserman, president of the Jewish Community of Rome. Amedeo Osti Guerrazzi teaches contemporary history at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. His publications include “Grande industria e legislazione sociale in età giolittiana”, “L’utopia del sindacalismo rivoluzionario”, “Una repubblica necessaria,” and “La repubblica sociale italiana.” In 2004, Cooper published “Poliziotti. I direttori dei campi di concentramento italiani, 19401943.” first edition, 2005; second edition, 2006 non-fiction | contemporary history | religion | holocaust studies pp. 222, 15,00 euro 13,7x20,9 format isbn 978-88-7394-050-0 new releases May 2009 Nicola Biondo, Massimo Veneziani Il Falsario di Stato: La vera storia di Tony Chichiarelli Between the Underworld and Terrorism Career criminal Tony Chichiarelli was the man behind one of Italy’s biggest heists and its biggest forgeries. In 1984, he masterminded a robbery that netted 35 billion lire. Years earlier, in 1978, he was responsible for the counterfeited Red Brigades press release announcing that kidnapped political leader of Aldo Moro had committed suicide. The fake release was the idea of Steve Piecznenik, an American State Department counterterrorism who advised thenInterior Minister Francesco Cossiga to try to lure the terrorists into a trap. But who was Tony Chichiarelli? Only after his 1984 murder did the real details of his life story begin emerging. He’d been involved in drug trafficking and artistic forgeries, at once cozying up to terrorists, underworld criminals and the Italian secret services. But it was his role in the kidnapping and assassination of Christian Democratic Party leader Moro that still marks his legacy, and which this book explores. Nicola Biondo and Massimo Veneziani are Italian investigative journalists. contemporary nonfiction pp. 199, 9,40 euro isbn 978-88-7394-107-1 Rights sold: film production (Italy) September 2010 Selected for Italy’s prestigious Premio Strega, 2010 Gabriella Sica Emily e le altre Emily Dickinson’s Constellation This unusual book puts Emily Dickinson at the center of its universe. Sica uses translations of Dickinson, as well as her own poetry, prose, and essays to illuminate the life and times of the great American poet and other women poets and writers through the centuries (including Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, Margherita Guidacci, Cristina Campo, Nadia Bell and Amelia Rosselli). This highly personal collection, ideal for reading in one sitting, sheds light on Dickinson, in turn allowing Dickinson to shed light on her fellow writers. Her book is a “bolt of melody” to chase away the darkness. Gabriella Sica was born in Viterbo and has lived in Rome since age 10. Her poetry collections include “La famosa vita” (1986), “Vicolo del Bologna” (1992), “Poesie bambine “(1997), “Poesie familiari” (2001) and “Le lacrime delle cose” (2009). She has edited the magazine “Prato pagano.” poetry | nonfiction | fiction pp. 172, 12,00 euro 11,5x18,5 format isbn 978-88-7394-165-1 February 2010 Some Startling Revelations on Marcel Proust Massimiliano Parente L’evidenza della cosa terribile. Contro la vita, contro l’amore, contro la natura: scritto sulla Recherche di Marcel Proust “The most terrible thing is old age, to be near the end, to lose past and ego, to be spent, to no longer be what you were, the disenchantment, the loss of form and substance of everything.” Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time” is among the world’s greatest literary masterpieces. In this brief but brilliant new assessment, Parente gets to the heart of work and makes draws provocative conclusions all readers can understand. He reveals and explains Proust’s vision of the underbelly of human existence, debunking many of the commonplace critical stereotypes. Parente’s book also reveals unprecedented ties between Proust’s way of thinking and evolution theories laid down by Charles Darwin. His criticism is sharp and at times violent, charming and obnoxious. It is certain not only to attract Proust readers and scholars but also make them take a second look at “In Search of Lost Time.” Massimiliano Parente was born in 1970. He is the author of “Incantata o no che fosse” (1998), “Mamma” (2000), “Canto della Caduta” (2002), “La Macinatrice” (2004). In 2007, Bompiani published “Contronatura” which the critic Edmondo Berselli, writing in “L’Espresso,” labeled an “absolute work of art, once we’ve been waiting for years in Italy.” Parente writes often for the newspaper “Il Giornale.” literary criticism pp. 64, 1o,00 euro 11,5x18,4 format isbn 978-88-7394-142-2 December 2009 A Radical New View of Caravaggio Andrea Dusio Caravaggio: White Album A cursed artist, murderer, madman, eccentric – the life of artist Caravaggio, who died four centuries ago, has always been rife with accusations and gossip, making him the stuff of romantic legend. According to legend, he fraternized with Galileo and Giordano Bruno and was protected by Federico Borromeo. Some say he was a Lutheran, an epileptic, and that he practiced alchemy. The problem with so much colorful legend is how it mars the real history of man and painter. Dusio’s sets aside all this to focus on the painter and his works. Over a remarkable 15-year stretch, Caravaggio literally revolutionized the painting process. Constant technical setbacks, his dependence on commissions, and the shifting balance of power among the elements he considered fundamental to his work, conspired push him to break away from Mannerism and rediscover Naturalism. Dusio titles his book “White Album” because nothing could be further from Caravaggio than all things white. The author dodges preconceptions, speculation and centuries of rhetoric in this remarkable new portrait of an often-maligned artist. “White Album” is tantamount to discovering hidden demo tapes by a rock star whose sound everyone thought they knew by heart. Instead, behold a totally new vision. This is a unique book for art lovers. Andrea Dusio was born in Milan in 1970 and studied history of ancient art with Eugenio Riccomini. He has critiqued modern and contemporary art for “Giudizio Universale” and “Culturalia.” He is also editor of “Milano Cultura.” As a critic, Dusio has also written about jazz, rock, contemporary literature and cinema. art | art history | monographs pp. 240, 25,00 euro 16,8x23,9 format isbn 978-88-7394-128-6 2007, reprinted three times Laughing at Eternal City Secrets Fulvio Abbate Roma. Guida non conformista alla città Prologue by Alberto Arbasino Can you peel the layers from a city the way you peel a potato, up close and personal? Can you take a city’s peanut from its shell? That’s what Fulvio Abbate has done with his beloved Rome. The result is a biased and irreverent guide in which dogs and cab drivers frolic between the city center and its upscale neighborhoods; where radical chic living rooms are little more than converted churches. He’s produced an A-to-Z dictionary of the city’s most exaggerated foibles. It’s a laugh-out-loud compendium for those who know and appreciate the city’s inside workings and want to take time out to laugh out loud at them. Fulvio Abbate was born in Palermo in 1956 and lives in Rome. His novels include “Zero maggio a Palermo” (1990), “Oggi è un secolo” (1992), “Dopo l’estate” (1995), “La peste bis” (1997), “Teledurruti” (2002) and “Quando è la rivoluzione” (2008). Cooper published his “Manuale di sopravvivenza” in 2010. He has a web-TV channel at www.teledurruti.it non-fiction | guides pp. 296, 12,00 euro 11,6x18,5 format isbn 978-88-7394-062-3 Come sopravvivere ai Francesi Come sopravvivere ai New Yorkesi Come sopravvivere agli Svedesi (…e anche agli italiani) Francesco Zardo, Come sopravvivere ai Francesi: Il racconto di un italiano che ce l’ha fatta (2011) The relationship between Italy and France, whether historical or contemporary, are the subject of affectionate dispute by the citizens of both countries. In this book, an Italian living in Paris takes a close look at the peculiarities of French life from his very Italian perspective. The result is cheeky humor and up-again, down-again love story. Francesco Zardo was born in Rome in 1969 and lived in Paris between 2001 and 2002. He calls himself a writer “on loan” to journalism. After “Come sopravvivere ai francesi,” now in its second printing, he published “Come sopravvivere agli italiani” (Castelvecchi, 2004) e “I cuori infranti” (Cooper, 2005). Cooper is now publishing his “Enciclopedia universale del sapere umano.” Tiziana Nenezic, Come sopravvivere ai New Yorkesi: Il racconto di un italiano che ce l’ha fatta (forse) 2011 2nd edition february 2011 nonfiction | tourism | travel pp. 128, 12,00 euro 11,5x18,5 format isbn 978-88-7394-194-1 Rights sold: France 2nd edition february 2011 nonfiction | tourism | travel pp. 160, 12,00 euro 11,5x18,5 format isbn 978-88-7394-193-4 According to legend, The Big Apple is the naked city, the city that never sleeps, and the self-styled capital of the world. But why does New York City go by so many names, and who exactly are New Yorkers? Nenezic’s delightfully idiosyncratic book offers practical advice on life in the city (with shopping tips included, naturally). It’s a survival manual for anyone interested in making the intrepid journey into an insanely busy city, perhaps with designs on lingering. Who better than to write the book than an Italian woman who managed to survive the city? Or maybe managed… This updated edition contains a new introduction by the author. Tiziana Nenezic is an Italian writer who moved first to New York City and then Miami. Writing in both Italian and English, she reports on trends for “Velvet” and “D la Repubblica delle Donne.” She also has a blog, “Americanata.” Cooper published her “Come sopravvivere ai newyorkesi” in 2008 and in 2009 released her “L’Amore ai tempi del globale.” Britt Abonde, Come sopravvivere agli Svedesi (…e anche agli italiani) october 2006 nonfiction | tourism | travel pp. 188, 9,00 euro 11,5x18,5 format isbn 978-88-7394-058-6 Sweden is home to a mythologized version of European social democracy. It’s a country perceived as efficient and highly organized. At the same time, it’s also seen as a place where personal detachment rules and people get depressed at the drop of a hat, if they weren’t already. Abonde’s guide, both serious and tongue and cheek, delves into the ongoing stereotypes, comparing the warm and generous temperament of Mediterranean peoples with that of the icy northerners… if only things were really so simple. Britt Abonde is a Swede who has lived in Rome for 20 years and doesn’t have the slightest desire to leave. new release December 2011 Francesco Zardo Enciclopedia universale del sapere umano Illustrations by Carlo Prati An Irreverent Encyclopedia for a Time Gone Wrong The goal of any encyclopedia is to reflect the era in which it is published, acting as a compendium of knowledge and culture. But what about historical periods that are defined only by cultural decline? Francesco Zardo believes we’re living through just such times, and his scathingly irreverent, 60-page universal encyclopedia of human knowledge, illustrated by Carlo Prati, spares no one and nothing. It’s short because the world as we know it has little if anything to say. If you want an encyclopedia suited to world of reality programming and talk shows, this is it. It comically addresses the desert into which Western life has descended. Rome-born Francesco Zardo is a journalist and writer who has also worked in Italian state television and radio. He has previously published “Come sopravvivere ai francesi” (Cooper, 2003 and 2011), “Come sopravvivere agli italiani” (Castelvecchi, 2004) and “I cuori infranti” (Cooper, 2005). Among his ambitions is not to have any. illustrated books | comics | general studies pp. 80, 9,90 euro isbn 978-88-7394-206-7 Laura Delli Colli Il Gusto del Cinema Italiano in 100 e più ricette Il Gusto del Cinema Internazionale in 100 e più ricette (2007; Almanacs in 2008, 2009 and 2010) In Honor of Movies and Good Food Il Gusto del Cinema Italiano in 100 e più ricette Author Delli Colli dishes up a 100 movie recipes and couples them with capsule description of domestic films that inspired them. She taps both pop movies and more sophisticated entries, based on the idea that every movie offers both distinct meals and menus. The recipes range from the “pasta e ceci” (beans and pasta) seen in “I soliti ignoti” to the meal cooked up by renowned Rome comedian Carlo Verdone in “Manuale d’amore, capitoli successivi.” She also describes the “arancini” (rice balls) in “Saturno contro,” the famous “spaghetti al pomodoro” (spaghetti in tomato sauce) in gobbled up by Alberto Sordi in the 1954 “Un americano a Roma,” and covers all the desserts visible in “La finestra di fronte.” Most movies are in extremely good taste, and her recipes prove the point. Il Gusto del Cinema Internazionale in 100 e più ricette This time, Delli Colli turns her hungry eyes on international cinema. There’s the tortilla Penelope Cruz cooks up in Pedro Almodovar’s “Volver,” the legendary crème brûlée of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Amélie,” the British scrambled eggs cooked up for breakfast in Blair household in “The Queen,” the spicy chocolate cake Madame Vianne produces in “Chocolat,” and the corn soup of “The Devil Wears Prada.” As for full menus, Delli Colli reveals Almodovar’s favorite cinematic meals, all the items on the menu in “Bridget Jones Diary,” and also provides any number of delights from the movies of Woody Allen. movies | recipes Il gusto del cinema italiano pp. 160, 12,50 euro 13,5x21,1 format isbn 978-88-7394-069-2 movies | recipes Il gusto del cinema internazionale pp. 176, 12,50 euro 13,5x21,1 format isbn 978-88-7394-070-8 Laura Delli Colli is a journalist who has written for the national daily “La Repubblica” and the weekly magazine “Panorama.” She is president of National Syndicate of Italian Film Journalists and is the author of a number of many books on cinema and actors. She has recently devoted herself to producing movie cookbooks.