Autumn books, here are all the most interesting releases of the last period

A hot autumn also from the point of view of publications, here are all the most interesting releases of the last period

Life before man by Margaret Atwood (Ponte alle Grazie)

Before Handmaid’s Tale Atwood had published a variety of very different books. “Life Before Man” is all about bonds and betrayal.

Imprisoned by the walls of their home, three people, in the midst of a midlife crisis, are forced to make choices. Elizabeth, with her sensuality controlled, her anger repressed, is married to the wrong man and her latest lover has committed suicide. Nate, her kind and indecisive husband, is planning to leave her for Lesje, who actually prefers dinosaurs to men. She is not the usual Atwood even if the “couple games” are also typical of the Handmaid series.

The will to change by bell hooks (The Assayer)

Everyone needs to love and be loved, even men. But to be able they must be able to know themselves, and be in touch with their feelings. The recently deceased writer with these pages gets to the heart of the matter and shows men how to express their feelings. According to her emotions are a fundamental part of who they are, whatever their age, marital status, ethnicity or sexual orientation, and they must cease to be taboo. With characteristic candor and a fierce intelligence, she also addresses the most common concerns of men, such as fear of intimacy and the loss of their patriarchal role in society.


The myth of beauty by Naomi Wolf (Tlon)

What does beauty represent for us today? This is the question Naomi Wolf tries to answer with this classic of feminist literature back in print thanks to Tlon. In contemporary society, female beauty still plays an important role. Through her book, Wolf systematically highlights the effect of the myth of beauty in numerous spheres of life: work, sex, religion, culture, health. For Wolf, women are held subjugated by the radical “myth” of beauty that postulates unrealistic goals for women and their bodies. A myth that is not individualistic, but rather a “cultural conspiracy” to profit and keep patriarchy intact.


The learned whores by Virginie Despentes (Fandango)

The second novel by Nancy Virginie Despentes takes us into the disturbing atmospheres of the bohemian Croix-Rousse district of Lyon.

The French writer signs her only whodunit, and puts the reader in the position of a peep-show customer. In fact, Lucie works as a stripper and meets a “bad boy”, Victor, who manipulates her with a perverse skill. The situation worsens when two of her colleagues are found savagely murdered. To save Lucy, all that remains is to try to investigate. Amalgamating yellow, pulp and pornography Despentes with wit back to amaze the reader.


The truth is, you don’t like yourself enough by Marta Perego and Valeria Locati

What happens if in discovering that someone doesn’t like you (anymore) you discover that you don’t like them very much? Marta Perego starts from the terrible sensations arising from yet another love story ended up making a journey backwards and within herself. With the help of the technical advice of the psychotherapist Valeria Locati, precious in giving her clinical opinion, she analyzes the role of love in contemporary society.

Between personal experiences, other people’s stories, films, books and series this book guides us through the rediscovery of one’s self.


I’ll ask tomorrow by Gaja Cenciarelli (Marsilio)

Between the novel and the essay, starting from her experience as a teacher in a high school on the outskirts of Rome, the writer tells us a story capable of revealing much of the school background.

The boys of the fifth high school of Rebibbia have the problems of teenagers but also those of those who live in a difficult neighborhood. It is the Rome told by Zero limestone and not the glossy one. Venturing through the pages, some necessary questions emerge. In situations like these and similar ones, what role does school play? The teachers? The adults? The book may not provide the answers but it does ask the right questions.


The masochist by Katja Perat (Voland)

Not everyone knows that the writer of “Venus in fur”, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, is the one who history would have remembered as the first and most famous masochist (the term derives from his name). This story starts from an escape of him on Christmas Eve 1874 when the man leaves his Austrian home in Bruck an der Mur to the unknown. She will then reappear in the forests around Lemberg (today known as Lviv) with a red-haired baby girl who will be given the name of Nadezhda Moser, but also called by him the masochist and the wolf child. Perat’s book presents itself as the alleged memoir of the former masochistic child, but also as the story of an imaginary woman who makes her way through the cumbersome historical figures of the time.


The Milanese fall in love on Saturday by Gino Vignali (Solferino)

This book entitled Scerbanenco introduces us to a yellow modern. At the center of the story is a woman found dead. The macabre detail of her is a robe belt around her neck which does not appear to be the murder weapon. A mysterious suspect, drug trafficking and other options turn the tables. Inspector Giovanni Armani, who suspects it is not a strangulation, is called to investigate in Como, his hometown which he feared was too quiet. To keep him company is the deputy commissioner Costanza Confalonieri Bonnet of Rimini, already the protagonist of a series of crime novels by Vignali.

The Milanese author, also known to the public for being part of the Gino & Michele duo, with a fresh and lively writing distorts the reader’s certainties every time he is about to reach some truth about the case.


Short is the life of all that burns by Stig Dagerman (Hyperborea)

Stig Dagerman’s meteoric literary career was abruptly cut short by his tragic death. The sensitive poet marked by some childhood traumas committed suicide at the age of 31. Dagerman has never published a book of poems, although he regularly sends them to magazines and newspapers, so we are faced with an important publication. Iperborea (which has already published “The Serpent” and other works by him) translates his poems into Italian for the first time. It is an anthology that gives an account of about ten years of poetic activity of the Swedish poet, famous for his gloomy verse, his painful humanism and his social commitment, even if within his lyric production there is also space for the ‘irony


Class melancholy by Cynthia Cruz (Atlantis Editions)

What is the sense of melancholy expressed by the working class? How does our background influence the way we live, work and make art?

The author tries to defend her theses in a world that claims that social classes no longer exist. Cruz bringing famous examples – from Amy Winehouse to Ian Curtis up to Barbara Loden – tells the life of writers, directors, artists and musicians, analyzing the melancholy of each, giving particular emphasis to the moment in which everyone leaves their context from “working class ” to “become someone”.


A face in the crowd by Budd Shulberg (Mattioli)

Schulberg’s book, edited by Gian Paolo Serini, returns to the bookstore thanks to Mattioli, delivering us a biting criticism of television guilty of manipulating the masses. Released in 1953, which later became a film by Elia Kazan, it was the first to tell the story of political transformation in a big show.

It is the story of an Arkansas prisoner who is converted in a short amount of time into America’s most popular and beloved television personality. In private life, however, he turns out to be an unpleasant character, a libertine and an opportunist who is unable to be loyal to anyone. To the public, of course, he’s more than a celebrity, he’s a deity. Shulberg’s work is a social photograph of 1950s America which unfortunately turns out to be very current.

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