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L’assemblea degli animali. Una favola selvaggia

L’assemblea degli animali. Una favola selvaggia

Foreign rights sold:
French (Éditions Arthaud)


Full of wonderful inventions, L’assemblea degli animali is a fairy tale that tells the most compelling story of our time.

In the best-seller list since publication.

A book that children will read to adults and that adults will read to children.

A raven is flying in the sky, running late for a very important meeting. It has to reach a secret place that all animals have known since the day they were born. Humans knew about this place, too, but they have now forgotten it. Everyone is there, the lion, the whale, the eagle, the mouse… Even a dog and a cat. They have gathered the council as the ecological emergency can no longer be ignored, and the Earth must be saved from humans. After long discussions, they decide to send a terrible warning: an epidemic. But they soon discover that, before they can save the Earth from humans, they must first save the them from a much older evil.

Narrated from the point of view and with the voice of the animals, according to the tradition of moral apologists, of the allegories of the bêtes savantes and of the classics of ancient and modern literature, L’assemblea degli animali has the exciting simplicity of a contemporary fairy tale. Yet, at times Filelfo makes use of “words that are not his own” and often conceals literary quotations between the lines. They are listed at the end, but as a reader, you can try to spot them like pebbles in the woods to find your way back to the path. For those who have forgotten their culture risk forgetting nature.

Illustrated by Riccardo Mannelli.

“I suspect it is a masterpiece for its sumptuous writing and because it makes us realize that we have forgotten that we are one soul.” – Michele Serra, la Repubblica

“A ruthless, erudite Filelfo. The ultimate and definite fairytale, L’assemblea degli animali brings back what we destroyed, calls us to order in front of real beauty and eradicates the incessant fear of the ineluctable.” – Roberto Vecchioni, Tuttolibri

Genre: Narrative

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Year of publication: 2020

Published in: Italia

Number of pages: 184

Price: 15 euro

ISBN: 9788806248109

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Sales ranking: 28ª posizione della classifica TOP50 All Titles italiani // 17ª posizione della classifica TOP50 Fiction italiana Hardcover (Elaborazione a cura di Nielsen BookScan. Dati relativi alla settimana 27/12/2020 – 02/01/2021)

L’assemblea degli animali. Una favola selvaggia


Filelfo was born in Greece to a family of Italian origin. His grandfather, from Piedmont, was a member of the Partecipanza dei Filelfi, an ancient guild of trades. He learned classical Greek from his mother from a very early age; and from his father he learned how to produce and process mastic. For some years he moved with his family to Madagascar. He now lives and teaches in the Agro Romano.