"A master of political satire infused with a dose of the fantastical."-World Literature Today
Stefano Benni's enormously popular and distinctive mix of the absurd and the satiri-cal has made him one of Italy's most important and best-loved novelists. This is his twelfth best-selling book of fiction.
Fifteen-year-old Margherita lives with her eccentric family on the outskirts of town, a semi-urban wilderness peopled by gypsies, illegal immigrants, and no end of bizarre characters: a reassuring and fertile playground for an imaginative little girl like Margherita. But one day, a gigantic, black cube shows up next door. Her new neighbors have arrived, and they're destined to ruin everything.
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In a matter of days, Margherita’s family is strikingly transformed by the Del Benes—they become a shinier, greedier, slightly drugged version (this would be Mama suffering the ill effects of cellulite cream) of their former selves, and worse yet, Papa is now partners with Frido Del Bene in the al...| Read Full Review of Margherita Dolce Vita
Margherita Dolce Vita by Stefano Benni, translated by Anthony Shugaar 208pp, Europa, £8.99 As loyal readers of Stefano Benni might expect, his new novel is a lively, whimsical and furiously contemporary satire, which can and should be enjoyed on its own merits.Dec 30 2006 | Read Full Review of Margherita Dolce Vita
That Margherita's is an allegorical war for modern, suburbanizing Italy's soul—indeed for la dolce vita —won't be lost on U.S. readers: Benni is sly and spiky in his satire (Margherita's faded-beauty mother smokes "Virtuals") and gives Margherita a voice that is sophisticated and funny ("I embrac...| Read Full Review of Margherita Dolce Vita
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