A Very Normal Man Vincenzo Cerami

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A Very Normal Man  by  Vincenzo Cerami

A Very Normal Man by Vincenzo Cerami
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A Very Normal Man is the first English translation of Vincenzo Ceramis first and most famous novel, Un borghese piccolo piccolo. The complex word play of the Italian title is untranslatable in English- it means literally a very little, veryMoreA Very Normal Man is the first English translation of Vincenzo Ceramis first and most famous novel, Un borghese piccolo piccolo. The complex word play of the Italian title is untranslatable in English- it means literally a very little, very middle-class man.

Little he may be, but Giovanni Vivaldi, to paraphrase Italo Calvinos words, is a victim who is also a monster. This is a revenge story whose protagonist tortures his enemy with the same attention to detail hed apply to the files hes slogged over for half a lifetime in the office for pensions. And with the same detachment.This classic caught the attention of the greatest figures of the day on the Italian literary scene for its unique amalgam of the storytellers gifts, its expose of societys subterranean forces, and its black (as well as not so dark) humour.Vincenzo Cerami (1940-2013) is not just highly acclaimed as a novelist and nonfiction writer, but is also famous for his contribution to Italian cinema as the screenwriter of celebrated films such as the 1997 production La vita e bella (Life is beautiful), which he co-authored with Roberto Benigni.

Un borghese piccolo piccolo (A Very Normal Man), written in 1976, is Ceramis first novel and it brought him instant acclaim.Isobel Grave is Cassamarca lecturer in Italian language and literature at the University of South Australia. She is a NAATI qualified professional translator and interpreter and a published translator of poetry from Italian into English.



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