2 Giorgio Ghiotti God played football (Dio giocava a pallone) An instant revelation...he writes as he breathes and his breath is powerful and wide ranging yet balanced... The substance of his writing is profound and aware. Sandra Petrignani Resounding throughout is the mood of a strange, fast-burning and contorted era where experiences seem to dilate... Ghiotti jumps in at the deep end with his writing, ready to risk all. la Repubblica January 2013 short stories 160 pages The main characters in Dio giocava a pallone were, like the author, born at the beginning of the nineties. Each in their own way explore the uneasy transition from adolescence to adulthood that will make them strangers to themselves. The class tests with their football-like strategies of who passes the answers and who copies them, high school days where a good mark means the chance to go to a sunny beach and fall in love, moonlit parties, a passionate kiss with an unexpected partner; a make-believe island that serves as a metaphor for an adolescence that finds you lost as you emerge from it, cigarettes and alcohol are often not necessary; the careful, forbidden listening to the longings of your body, mad, frenetic races on rigged mopeds along the boulevards and promenades in a nostalgic time-warp. In his careful, immaculate prose, Giorgio Ghiotti recounts his adolescence like the present indicative of living life, and why no one ever really relinquishes it. Giorgio Ghiotti was born in 1994 in Rome. Several-times finalist in the Campiello Giovani for Young Writers Award, he won the Campiello Giovani Lazio Award in This is his first book.
3 Laura Fidaleo Give me a place among the lambs (Dammi un posto tra gli agnelli) Stories that revolve around a deeply touching hunger for love. Visionary and arresting. Io donna Her short stories speak of famine for love in a sober, minimalist language that describes the minor details and gestures that worm their way to the very root of our most tremulous need for affection. Left October 2012 short stories 144 pages Stories to be read like poetry or chunks of writing; their voids and unexpected starts of new lines speak louder than their words.. la Repubblica Not only people have been children but things as well, and time. And so, somewhere, in a pocket perhaps, we carry with us some sort of misdemeanour: a little trick, a lie, having ratted on someone This is why the places that appear in Laura Fidaleo s stories are those of a wild, daredevil childhood, a world that is naughty and wonderful. Every page is a dark well to gaze into, throw a stone and wait for the echo or a glint of rippling water. Dammi un posto tra gli agnelli is a wealth of objects, feelings and prayers in a life that seems reserved for others; it is a story of hesitations and follies, gentle and sharp, unforgettably poignant but full of humour, just tragic enough to be comic. Bagutta First Novel Award Laura Fidaleo was born in Formia in Dammi un posto tra gli agnelli is her first book.
4 Luciana Castellina The discovery of the world (La scoperta del mondo) As long as there will be life stories and accounts like this one, we won t be surrounded by complete darkness. Ettore Scola A dedicated activist and intellectual, Luciana Castellina was one of the founders of the daily newspaper il manifesto and a parliamentary member of the Communist Party. During her adolescence and early youth she kept a diary tracing the development of her political ideas. The diary covers such topics as how, aged fourteen, she would play tennis with schoolmate Anna Maria Mussolini, then watch her racing off to join her father, and continues to when she was to join the Communist Party. During the years in between we trace the evolution of a girl from Rome s exclusive Pario li district, whose eyes are open to the world and history, hesitant in thought but keen to understand. It includes her early travels, friends and her first joyous job, building a railway in Bo snia with other young people. Adventure, rebellion and the discovery of a spirit that was free, intelligent and impatient to gain shape. A gripping coming-of-age both sentimental and political that offers a powerful insight into a crucial postwar years. February pages Rights sold to: Actes Sud (France), Verso (World English). Shortlisted for the Strega Award Shortlisted for the Prix du Livre Européen 2013 Luciana Castellina is a politician, journalist and writer. A member of the Italian Communist Party since 1947, she left the Party to establish the newspaper Il Manifesto in Her most recent work is Siberiana (nottetempo, 2012).
5 Adrián Bravi South 1982 (Sud 1982) With the skill of a spider Bravi weaves stories that appear translucent, innocent and amiable and into which the reader drops like a fly. They discover that at the centre of a harmonious web lies a writer who is formidable, fierce and totally unforgiving. Alberto Manguel In 1982 Argentina is in crisis. Torn apart by protests against the military junta, it calls a generation to arms in the hope that patriotic feeling and a quick and easy war will bring the nation back together. Adrián N. Bravi tells of the war in the Malvinas Islands through the story of Alberto Adorno, a young recruit for whom the tragedy of an absurd conflict is transformed into comedy. South 1982 portrays the feelings of someone waiting to leave the army, of someone who has only just enlisted, of someone who is about to return home but stills feels he is in the trenches, of someone who wanders about camp with a book of poetry in his pocket. With the ironic voice of a modern Soldier Švejk, Adrián N. Bravi narrates the last war between western nations, a war that is every war pages Full English text available. Popoli in cammino award Adrián N. Bravi (1963) was born in San Fernando, Buenos Aires, and lives in Italy, where he works as a librarian. His novels published by nottetempo are La pelusa (2007), Sud 1982 (2008), Il riporto (2010) and L albero e la vacca (2013).
6 Elisa Ruotolo I stole the rain (Ho rubato la pioggia) I Stole the Rain tells a trio of unforgettable stories from the superstitious Italian province of Campania, where fizzy drinks are delivered by cart, old women sell gold to a furtive clientele, and the tobacconist s daughter is a prize beyond imagining. In I am Super Legend, a local team of beer-swilling, smoking, perennial losers is dragged toward the dubiously prestigious championship by the coach s son, who becomes cursed by his nickname, Super Legend. In Look at Me, a motherless boy tries to help his father s best friend, the mute Cesare, who has fallen in love with their housekeeper Silvia. And in The Child Comes Home, a young boy disappears, and after losing everything and being forced to take up her grandmother s questionably legal profession, his mother is consoled by her bickering sisters-in-law and her undying wish to hear a knock on her front door A sublime mixture of humor and pathos, and brimming with colorful characters, Elisa Ruotolo s I Stole the Rain is an assured debut from one of Italy s preeminent storytellers. Rights sold to: Frisch&Co (UK/USA) pages Elisa Ruotolo (Santa Maria a Vico, 1975) has published short stories. With nottetempo she published Ho rubato la pioggia (2010) and, to be published in 2014, her novel Ovunque, proteggici.
7 Milena Agus Sottosopra (Sottosopra) Milena Agus is back with a magnificent, poetic book, where everything is turned upside down with a feather-light touch Elle A sunny, charming novel. Its wackiness sticks in the reader s mind and heart Il Messaggero In the imaginary world of Milena Agus, where everything is made possible by the force of her visionary poetics, extravagant, fanciful beings scatter their magical essence La Repubblica January pages 4x20 cm The Sottosopra building is inhabited by rich and poor. Living on the piano nobile is Mr. Johnson, an elderly American violinist whose reserved nature led him to abandon a successful career. On the ground floor is cleaning lady Anna, battered by life s hardships but full of trust and warmth she readily imparts to the other residents child Giovannino, jealous Natascia, who lives in constant fear of losing her boyfriend, Mrs. Johnson, whose only aspiration is for an impossible normality, and Alice, who wants to become a sex machine as a guarantee against solitude, each with their own obsessions, minor or major quirks and fears. A handy family set which is turned upside down like a sandglass. What is upturned here, however, is more than just the lives of the characters: it is the delicate relationship between reality and, the power of the imagination to recreate life, and time that encroaches, bringing an end to the dream. Rights sold to: Liana Levi (France), Alfaguara (Spain/ South America), Edhasa (Argentina), DTV (Germany). Milena Agus, born in Genoa, lives in Cagliari. All her books are published by nottetempo and are translated worldwide.
8 Milena Agus While the shark is sleeping (Mentre dorme il pescecane) The Sevilla Mendoza family, long-time residents of the Sardinian coast, are not quite what you d call conventional. At the heart of the family is a young teenage girl in the throes of a dangerous affair with a married man. With a nervous mother, a dreamer for father, and a piano-playing prodigy for a little broche, she finds herself living a double life: one as a good daughter, the other on an erotic journey that will change her forever. Lyrical, poetic and of rare and simple beauty, While the Shark is Sleeping is an enchanting story of the loss of innocence and the desire to be loved pages 14x20 cm Actually we re not the Sevilla Mendoza family at all. We re Sardinian, I m sure of it, and have been since the Upper Palaeolithic. My father s the one who calls us that, with the two surnames like they do down there. He s travelled masses and America s the place of his dreams. Not North America, rich and fortunate, but South America, poor and cursed. When he was young he used to say that he d go back there alone or with the woman he d marry, who d share his ideals and the adventure of trying to save the world. He never asked Mamma to go with him. He s gone wherever they ve needed help, but never with her she s too afraid of the dangers and always lacking in strength. Rights sold to: Liana Levi (France), De Geus (Netherlands), Klett-Cotta (Germany), Edhasa (South America), Siruela (Spain), Keter- Hakibutz (Israel), W.A.B. (Poland), Munhaksegya-sa (Korea), Saqi (UK/USA). Milena Agus, born in Genoa, lives in Cagliari. All her books are published by nottetempo and are translated worldwide.
9 Chiara Valerio The little happiness of being almost saved (La gioia piccola d esser quasi salvi) After an absence of some months Giulia comes back to her seaside town to look after her maternal grandmother, Agata, who is suffering from a degenerative disease. Giulia s childhood friend Marco lives in a flat opposite her window with Leni, a prostitute who receives her clients there. Marco has loved Giulia since the day he saw her mother plunge from the balcony; since the moment he had retrieved his friend s shoe which, in little Giulia s eyes, her mum had reached out to grasp. Amid the hallucinations of Agata, who is persecuted by her daughter s blood, the seductions of Leni whom Giulia and Marco cannot resist, plus an unmentionable secret, these four interwoven lives seek to leave the fetters of a known and painful past for a future that still has surprises in store. With her third novel La gioia piccola d esser quasi salvi, Chiara Valerio has achieved a lucid and sensual prose which places her among the most interesting writers of the latest generation. July pages Rights sold to: Wereldbibliotheek (Holland) Giulia is sweating and thinking it s been too long. That if Agata had left her alone for three months as a child she would have died of hunger and boredom. She walks, head down. Giulia feels as insubstantial as the shadow of the midday sun around her feet. A small dark halo which is the opposite of having been good. Three months now seem all the time. She stops, it is hot. Above her, two people are talking loudly. Chiara Valerio was born in Scauri in She is on the editorial staff of Nuovi Argomenti and Nazione Indiana and her publications include A complicare le cose (2003), Fermati un minuto a salutare (2006) and Ognuno sta solo (2007). Other titles with nottetempo: Nessuna scuola mi consola (2009).
10 Maria Pace Ottieri Abandon me (Abbandonami) A description of the impossible marriage between Lea and Tom. And it s also the story of their love. A comic and bitter story constantly moving from the small events of everyday life to mountains and valleys shared by two uncommon human beings. At night, while Lea sleeps the sleep of the unrighteous, Tom struggles with insomnia and wanders restlessly through rooms and streets. In the daytime Tom vanishes, as if at any moment an unexpected encounter, an extraordinary opportunity, might carry him away. Tom s absences are no less amazing than his presence, and Lea is unable to get used to such candid unpredictability: Tom plays the rebel in such a wonderful way as to let Lea, no less faithfully, act her role of police guard. They are like two actors endlessly rehearsing their parts. A battle as old as the world from the skilful, comic and lucid pen of a true writer pages Grinzane Cavour Prize Maria Pace Ottieri is a writer and journalist. Published by nottetempo: Quando sei nato non puoi più nasconderti (made into a film by director Marco Tullio Giordana), Abbandonami (Grinzane Cavour book prize 2005), Chiusi dentro (2011) and Promettimi di non morire (2013).
11 Silvia Ronchey The tortoise s shell. Truer than true lives of eminent people (Il guscio della tartaruga - Vite piú che vere di persone illustri) St. Augustine, Balzac, Freud, Pythagoras, St. Teresa of Avila, Voltaire, Zeno : what do these people have in common? It s unlikely, yet Silvia Ronchey portrays 65 illustrious men and women as if she d known each of them intimately and is now letting us into her friendships. Apuleius, with his long hair left deliberately hanging on his forehead ; Catullus, so young, so provincial, so scholarly ; Flaubert, with his scarlet dressing gown, his mementoes, his ottoman where he meditatively smokes his pipe; Jaufré Rudel who left for the Holy Land where he died more than once. Are these lives true? They re truer than true: just as the tortoise s shell doesn t adhere to its body but covers and illustrates it, so do these lives cover existence without fitting properly, but they protect and adorn it, restoring its marble freshness. 65 enchanting portraits that conceal a secret, revealed at the end of the book. Each one can be read as a fine story, a knowledgeable profile or a challenge to the reader. Rights sold to: Arléa (France) April pages 14x20 cm Silvia Ronchey teaches at the University of Siena. Her monographs and essays include L Aristocrazia bizantina (1999) with Alexander Kazhdan, L Anima del mondo (2000) with James Hillman and L enigma di Piero (Rizzoli, 2007). Other titles with nottetempo: Cristi di oscure speranze, interview with Lévi-Strauss (2008).
12 Antonella Moscati Deliria (Deliri) Sudden epiphanies, philosophical hunches and the euphoria of a language that goes beyond reality provide a description of the delirium that at regular intervals accompanied the author in her thirties. Antonella Moscati talks about the thoughts and words left behind in her memory after the flash has gone out; a logic that becomes madness. The singularity of this experience lies in the fact that the author, a philosopher by profession and out of passion, once past the crisis, recalls and comments on what she said, thought and did when outside her own consciousness, offering a unique insight into the tortuous processes of the mind; exposing that incandescent blob, that synapsis that lights up when philosophical thought and religious speculation come into contact with an intimate and painful core, the desire and impossible search for a new immaculate maternity. Antonella Moscati confirms her ability to capture the most deeply hidden weaknesses of the female mind, and to talk about a true and unique experience with rare courage and expert skill. June pages Rights sold to: Leo Scheer (France). Antonella Moscati was born in Naples and lives near Siena. She is a writer and a philosopher. With nottetempo she published also Una quasi eternità, that has been translated in 5 languages.
13 Franco Arminio Postcards from the dead (Cartoline dai morti) Striking stories of just a few lines, on the many ways of dying. Penetrating, ironic, dry, they are told by the dead who send these postcards from their unknown place. Death is the occasion for outlining in a few words a portrait of themselves and their life. In a bittersweet way they condense the last gleam of memory into an image: a light on the bedside table, a jar of coffee, a green sweater, the first roses, a birthday cake, a solitary, a vineyard, a tangerine, the swallows darting to and fro, a beloved woman, a stranger November 2010 Small size pages 10.5 x 14.8 cm Stephen Dedalus Award Rights sold to: Ad Marginem (Russia). Franco Arminio (1960) has published poetry and prose works including Diario civile (1999), Viaggio nel cratere (2003), Circo dell ipocondria (2006) and Nevica e ho le prove (2009). With Vento forte tra Lacedonia e Candela. Esercizi di paesologia (2008) he won the 2009 Naples Award.
14 Giorgio Agamben Nudità (Nudity) In this collection of short essays Giorgio Agamben addresses the most urgent and current themes of his research. From celebrations, surprisingly linked with contemporary bulimia, to nudity, whose hidden theological implications are examined. From the glorious bodies of the beatified, who neither eat nor make love, to idleness as a paradigm of human action. The point of convergence of all these topics is politics, which is to say the threshold where theory and practice, the archaic and the contemporary, fully coincide and where the only writing that exists is the kind that has burnt all traces of itself. It is at once philosophy and literature, digression and philological chart, metaphysical treatise and missive on social customs. February 2009 non- 172 pages Rights sold to: Stanford University Press (USA), S. Fischer (Germany), Payot- Rivages (France), Adriana Hidalgo (South America), Anagrama (Spain/Mexico), W.A.B. (Poland), Meandar (Croatia), Alef Yaynevi (Turkey), Heibon-sha (Japan), Relogio d Agua (Portugal), PekingUP (China), Humanitas (Romania), Sjibbolet (Netherlands), Slagmark (Denmark), Rende (Serbia), In-Gan-Sa-Rang (Korea), Autêntica (Brasil). Giorgio Agamben is a philosopher. His wide body of work has been translated worldwide. His recent works include Homo Sacer (Einaudi, 1995), Stato di eccezione (Bollati, 2003), Il sacramento del linguaggio (Laterza, 2008). Other titles with nottetempo: Profanazioni (2005), Che cos è un dispositivo? (2006), L amico (2007), La chiesa e il regno (in 2010).
15 Poeti.com Poeti.com is Nottetempo s new series dedicated to poetry, edited by Maria Pace Ottieri and Andrea Amerio. It features Italian and foreign writers, beginners and established authors, in both ebook and paper form. Editions are limited and signed. The series aims to anticipate taste and trends of all kinds of readers, digital natives or migrants from paper books to ebooks. In other words, to bring digital and analogic together according to readers preferences, uniting a new, dynamic and flexible tool, such as the ebook with the tradition of poetry books published in limited editions for the more conventional reader. Titles published so far are Figlio by Daniele Mencarelli and Che cosa? (What?) by South Korean poet Ko Un. About to be published, La scolta by Gian Maria Annovi. June pages 12 x 16.5 cm