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Sei chiodi storti (Six crooked nails)

Sei chiodi storti (Six crooked nails)


«Six crooked Nails is an engaging fresco: one wondershow the story ends, even though you have known theresult for forty years.» – la Repubblica

Adriano Panatta, Corrado Barazzutti, Paolo Bertolucci, Antonio Zugarelli and non-playing captain Nicola Pietrangeli: the story of the five musketeers who won the only Davis Cup of Italian tennis.

Santiago was under Pinochet’s dictatorship and nobody wanted to play the Davis Cup there. Everybody thought about it as “the bloody cup”. No images survived to record what happened. The Italian public TV (RAI) refused to send its operators and the Chilean TV recordings were destroyed by fire. Twenty minutes and forty-two seconds of a flickering film is all that we have.
Yet the 1976 Davis Cup is the only Italian success in the most ancient of tournaments for national teams. Now, after forty years, literature accounts what the reports avoided at the time. Things such as the overshadowed triumph of the national Italian tennis team: the story of a handful of men who acquired glory and lost it afterwards.

Genre: Biographies/autobiographies/memoirs

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Year of publication: 2016

Published in: Roma

Number of pages: 156

Price: 17 euro

ISBN: 9788898970520

Foreign rights manager: Foreign Rights: Clementina Liuzzi Literary – Head of Rights:

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Sei chiodi storti (Six crooked nails)

Dario Cresto-Dina

Dario Cresto-Dina has been writing for «la Repubblica» since 2000, after twenty years working for «La Stampa».