Margherita Dolce Vita by Stefano Benni

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"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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Stefano Benni is widely considered one of Italys foremost novelists. His trademark mix of biting social satire and magical realism has turned each of his books into a national bestseller. His many novels include: Bar Sport, The Company of Celestials, The Cafe Beneath the Sea and now the remarkably successful Margherita Dolce Vita. Benni is also the author of several volumes of essays and poetry and many collections of short stories. He lives in Bologna, Italy. Antony Shugaar is an author and translator. He most recent publication, written with the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. is I Lie for a Living: Dossiers on the Great Spies of All Time (National Geographic Books, Spring 2006). He is the coauthor of Latitude Zero: Tales of the Equator (with Gianni Guadalupi), Carroll & Graf, 2002. Among his current and recent translations are History of the Holocaust in Italy (Yad Vashem/ University of Nebraska Press), History of the Mafia (Columbia University Press), The Man Who Would Be King of France (University of Chicago Press), Machiavellis God: NiccolÚ Machiavellis Religious Beliefs (Princeton University Press), Sixteenth-Century European Art (Getty Trust, 2006), Bios Theoretikos, A Life of Aristotle (Princeton University Press, 2006) Italy and Its Invaders (Harvard University Press, 2005) The Internet and the Madonna (University of Chicago Press, 2005), Words Are Stones: Three Days in Sicily (by Carlo Levi, Hesperus Press, London, 2004), Fleeting Rome: In Search of La Dolce Vita (by Carlo Levi, John Wiley, London, 2004), Niccolos Smile: A Biography of Machiavelli (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2000), and The Judge and the Historian: Marginal Notes on a Late-Twentieth-Century Miscarriage of Justice (by Carlo Ginzburg, Verso, 1999). He is also a freelance journalist, and reviews for The Boston Globe.
Published November 1, 2006 by Europa Editions. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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...

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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.

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Publishers Weekly

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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...

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