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I valori che contano (avrei preferito non scoprirli)

I valori che contano (avrei preferito non scoprirli)


A delightful and consistently intriguing ‘comédie humaine’. The quiet life of a provincial lawyer, recounted in the ironic and engaging voice of the protagonist. An evergreen best-seller.

Vincenzo Malinconico is a wildly unsuccessful lawyer who spends most of his time at the office trying to look busy.

He makes you laugh, though you can never be quite sure why. He’s affable enough. Of course, but it’s not so much that. He is both kind of halfwit and a genius, flippant and profound, chaotic and yet possessed of a Zen-like calm. He’s easily distracted but tends to hound-dog every thought until he has it by the throat. His conversation is labyrinthine but he is capable of moment of blinding lucidity. The thing is, you can’t help but love him. He is Vincenzo Malinconico, an underemployed lawyer whose wife has sort of left him (“he’s the kind of man you marry not once but twice, and leave both times”), whose teenage children worry him to death, and whose profession mostly consists in appearing as if he has one.

“Malinconico is back. And he rocks. There’s a lot of life in this book, that kind of life that twists your guts and then unexpectedly makes you laugh with tears.” — Luciana Littizzetto

Genre: Narrative

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Year of publication: 2020

Published in: Italia

Number of pages: 320

Price: 18,50 euro

ISBN: 9788806243135

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Sales ranking: 17ª posizione della Top50 All Titles italiani (Elaborazione a cura di Nielsen BookScan. Dati relativi alla settimana 04/07 – 11/07) 23ª posizione della Top50 Fiction italiana hard cover (Elaborazione a cura di Nielsen BookScan. Dati relativi alla settimana 04/07 – 11/07)

I valori che contano (avrei preferito non scoprirli)

Diego De Silva

Diego De Silva was born in Naples in 1964. His latest works include Superficie (2018), Terapia di coppia per amanti (2015), Mancarsi (2013), and four best-sellers, involving the “lawyer of unsuccess” Vincenzo Malinconico: Non avevo capito niente (2007, finalist Premio Strega); Mia suocera beve (2010); Sono contrario alle emozioni (2011) and Divorziare con stile (2017). His novels have been translated in several languages.

Other translations:
Terapia di coppia per amanti: Israele (Keter); Serbia (Clio Publishing Company) // Mia suocera beve: Stati Uniti (Europa editions)