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Composed in ’68 and published the following year, this novel captured in the field the most authentic sense of that celebrated youthful figure: an archetypal Roman decadence, experienced with the theatrics and comics of the best historical avant-gardes. Against all rationalistic, political and scientific oppression, an unbridled “pop” cabaret of imagination and desire.

Alberto Arbasino (1930-2020) gave in his writings, from Le piccole vacanze (1957) to Fratelli d’Italia (1963, 1976, 1993), a caustic and merciless portrait of Italian society in the second half of the twentieth century. An educated and curious chronicler of the social and cultural reality of the 1960s and 1970s, he left a vivid portrait of it in his early works, Parigi o cara (1960), Grazie per le magnifiche rose (1965), Super-Eliogabalo (1969), Sessanta posizioni (1970).