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Il diavolo nel cassetto - The Devil in the Dream Drawer
May 22, 2018
Marco Rossari
Fiction: General/Other
Literature is a very serious affair in this Swiss village tucked into a valley which is almost suffocated by the mountains: it is said that Goethe spent a night there on his way home from Italy, when the carriage in which he was travelling broke down. No less than three inns are named after him and claim that the author slept there. Moreover, every inhabitant writes and aspires to be published, from the old priest who has been writing his memoirs for years to the rather silly girl who pens nursery rhymes, passing by way of the burgomaster. They send off their novels by mail and by mail they receive the editors’ replies, which up until now have all been negative. Thus, it’s not worth betting on the talent of these one thousand souls.
Until the devil solemnly appears on the scene. He pretends to be an important editor and
says he wants to open a branch of his prestigious publishing house right there. Who wouldn’t be willing to make a pact with the devil to get his own novel published? The only
person who seems to understand the danger of the situation is Father Cornelius, who has
been sent by the diocese to help out the old parish priest. Paolo Maurensig offers us a highly sophisticated and enthralling literary apologue about narcissism and vainglory, but also about our unquenchable thirst for stories.
Rights sold:
Germany (Nagel & Kimche) Korea (Bookie Publishing House) World English rights (World Editions)
Other Information:
PAOLO MAURENSIG was born in Gorizia and lives in Udine. He debuted in 1993 with La variante di Luneburg, translated into over twenty languages.
His novels include Canone inverso (1996), Venere lesa (1998), Il guardiano dei sogni (2003) and L’arcangelo degli scacchi (2013). In 2015, he published Teoria delle ombre, which won the Bagutta Prize.
Valeria Zito
Giulio Einaudi editore
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