Become passionate about the great classics of literature even before you’ve read them.
A simple and exciting way of encountering the great works of world literature!
Crime and Punishment by Fëdor Michajlovic Dostoevskij
If you could kill one miserable person who makes your life and that of many others a living hell, would you do it? And what would happen next? A descent into the secrets of the soul, a timeless story of blood and guilt, humanity and life, told by Sarah Rossi.
The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
This is simply the perfect novel. Written over twenty years, each word is chosen with care, each sentence to be memorised. The story has everything you could wish for: intrigue, fighting, epidemics, travel, twists and turns.
The late Mattia Pascal by Luigi Pirandello
This book is, above all, a comedy. Its protagonist is a clever man who ends up cheated. One who makes two women pregnant, tries to marry two and a half, but can’t make anyone love him. A “loser” for whom everything goes wrong. And who, however, has the courage to make fun of himself, and make the reader laugh.
The Master and Margherita by Michail Bulgakov
Pierdomenico Baccalario read The Master and Margarita at a late age. Little by little, the Master bewitched him – even more than the villainous cat – throwing every scaffolding, every fiction and every trick of his personal library into the air, like a formidable tornado…
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Pierdomenico Baccalario accepted the proposal to tell Madame Bovary after becoming a father. For the first time in his life he felt the passage of time. So, he chose to make Flaubert’s words available, to try to convey the frenzy of the protagonist to young readers who think of the future as an infinite time that doesn’t depend on them.
Stefano Amato was born and lives in Syracuse. In 2010 he discovered and translated an unpublished novel by J. D. Salinger, La foresta capovolta. He has published several novels with various publishers, the latest (Hacca, 2018), L’inarrestabile ascesa di Turi Capodicasa. In the same year, his first children's book launched, Davide e il mistero Qwerty (VerbaVolant), winner of the "Il gigante delle Langhe" prize 2019. In January of the same year, the YA novel Vedrai, vedrai (Giunti) was published. He is the founder of the literary magazine aquattro.org
Davide is not only a sci-fi and children’s author, but also a journalist and videogame translator. In 2018, Red Stars, one of his internationally successful books, won In Other Words – BookTrust’s Book in Translation Award in London. In 2017, he won the Italian Andersen Award with The Pocket Watch Gang, the adventure he dreams of having lived as a child. Then, in 2018, he was a finalist at Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in Germany. In 2019, he won the Prix des Bouquineurs en Seine in France and the Vlag and Wimpel in the Netherlands.
Pierdomenico grew up in an old house with a library containing more than 20,000 volumes. A writer and journalist, his books have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into over 30 languages. Today he is considered one of the greatest Italian children’s authors.