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Il libro delle case

Il libro delle case

Foreign rights sold:
Croatian (Fraktura), German (Kampa Verlag), W-Spanish (Editorial Anagrama), French (Gallimard), Turkish (Muharrem Çelebi - Monokl Yayınları), Catalan (Edicions del Periscopi SLU), Dutch (Van Oorschot), Japanese (Hakusuisha publishing)


The new novel by one of the most original of European writers, a work fought over by publishers that is already becoming a literary event.

Longlisted for Premio Strega 2021. Foreign rights already sold in more than 17 countries.

The secrets of a man and a country as seen through the eyes of the homes that have guarded these secrets. Andrea Bajani traces the great fresco of a sentimental education in square meters. What Olga Tokarczuk and Richard Powers do with travel and with trees, Andrea Bajani does with homes: in its extraordinary, ambitious architecture, this novel makes you feel all the stories shut up inside the apparent silence of things.

Which homes secretly keep or take as hostage the missing pieces to ourselves? The only way to tell the story of a man’s life is to sift through his homes. Il libro delle case is the story of a man –-referred to here as “I” – and his friendships, his sheltering, wounding marriage, his discovery of sex and poetry, his detachment from his self destructive family, and his liberation from the furniture that for twenty years he’s dragged behind him with every move. I has many homes. His story jumps from home to home, upstairs and downstairs, north and south and through the years, each home a piece of a puzzle built between the last quarter of the 1900s and the first quarter of the 2000s: he is the young lover of a married woman in a provincial apartment, an infant chasing a turtle on all fours; a husband in a middle-class home in Turin; a bohemian in a Parisian attic; a teenager punched by his father in a holiday home, and a young university student sprawled on a mattress; and then he is simply a man, shutting the door behind him to an empty home.

English sample by Elizabeth Harris available.

’Andrea Bajani, explores, as no one has done before him, that place in the world where we have discovered the most and loved the most, where we have been hurt the most and where, finally, we have become ourselves.’ – Sandro Veronesi

’One of the best contemporary Italian authors.’  – Jhumpa Lahiri

’An author who doesn’t let anything get away’ – Colm Toibin

’The countless metaphors interwoven in ’Il libro delle case’ recall the crystalline language of Italo Calvino, the most poetic of our great storytellers. This is one of Bajani’s finest books.’ – Il Sole24Ore

Genre: Narrative

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Year of publication: 2021

Published in: Italia

Number of pages: 256

Price: 17 euro

ISBN: 9788807034336

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Premi: Candidato al Premio Strega 2021

Sales ranking: Tra i primi 50 nella classifica Nielsen – 3° ristampa

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Il libro delle case

Andrea Bajani

Andrea Bajani was born in Rome in 1975. With Einaudi he has published Cordiali saluti, Se consideri le colpe, awarded with many literary prizes, Ogni promessa, La vita non è in ordine alfabetico, awarded the Settembrini Prize and Un bene al mondo; with Feltrinelli, the memoir Mi riconosci. He is the author of plays and collections of poems. He is currently a writer in residence at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Other translations:
Mi riconosci (Feltrinelli, 2013): francese (Éditions Gallimard); Ogni promessa (Einaudi, 2010): francese (Éditions Gallimard), Inglese (MacLehose Press); Se consideri le colpe (Einaudi, 2007): inglese (Archipelago Books), turco (Muharrem Çelebi - Monokl Yayınları); Un bene al mondo (Einaudi, 2016): spagnolo (Elefanta Editorial)