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Uto

“You should do as if the year ends every day. As if it ran out every hour. Every minutes. Every minute you should think that the year is about to end.” Uto Drodemberg. The name alone is enough to draw the charm of the protagonist of the book. An angular character, perhaps partly childish in some attitudes, but of which it is really difficult not to fall in love with the first pages already. Ironic,...

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The Diary of Anne Frank

“You cannot imagine how sad it is to watch helplessly at the performance of his solitude.” A classic is a classic, so any comment we make may be superfluous or even reductive. For this reason we decided not to dwell on the story that led to the birth of the book, or on the plot, or on the stylistic code adopted, rather we preferred to tell what it meant for us to re-read it after...

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The last Italian colony in Africa

“Ethiopians should not be despised or humiliated, but there had to be a clear distinction between whites and niggers.” Difficult reading, not scheduled in the Booktomi calendar at the beginning of the year. We felt the need to insert and share this book on the wave of street demonstrations that are shaking the world after the violent death of yet another African American by the police. Although at first glance there may seem to be...

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Mafia and politics

“To understand a reality, it is necessary to become aware of it.” Released in the first version of 1962, Pantaleone’s book had the merit of breaking the wall of silence around one of the most controversial themes in the history of Italy: the relations between the mafia and politics. A sneaky bond, which like cancer has undermined the development of an entire region. Through an ill-concealed moral laxity, in fact, it was preferred to close...

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Lizard

“There is no image in the world where you don’t appear. You are always there.” The book is a collection of six stories. Six stories of hearts and memories. Six wandering souls, each with a past too heavy to bear, a present to sink into and a future to draw. Three short stories are written in the male first person, and three in the female, demonstrating the versatility of the writer and her profound humanity....

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7

“It is not convenient to make ties of tenderness with those who notice your every defect and use it to make you feel stupid or useless.” We bought this book attracted by the cover. We know this is not our habit, and usually the greatest risk is to make a mistake. Well this time we were lucky. The puzzle of symbolic elements of the cover is a first path inside the book, a widespread search...

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In wartime

“I leave you free of the weight of what you think of me: your defeat, my failure.” Marco is a boy full of courage with a story to tell, for the most part enclosed in boxes full of diaries and letters. On the threshold of thirty years, instead of letting those memories take dust, he feels the need to draw a line on the past and to confront those who are willing to listen to...

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Floating souls

“The herons don’t turn to look at us, they are focused on something important that we can’t even imagine.” A six-handed written book capable of making smells of a time gone by, and of the present one that flows away between the fingers without us noticing. To these are added the true flavor of nature to push on the palate, and the mechanical sound of what is created by man. This is Floating souls, a...

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Happy for who you are

“We have no limits, but we put them on continuously, every minute of the day.” The main advantage of this book is that it has no pretensions. A desired simplicity, not sought after, which has the merit of highlighting its main message: learning to love yourself in order to be happy. Taking inspiration from her life, the author tells what was the tortuous path that brought her closer to Buddhism. A door opened by the...

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My name is Frank de Jung

“”Everything has become West, everything is going down.”” We were lucky to have read this book, because it arrived in our hands directly by its author, on one of those rainy spring mornings without too many pretensions. A modern and dynamic thriller, set in the world of high finance between the Middle East and Europe, which goes beyond expectations (we specify it because the book cover may create a lot of misunderstanding). Who is Frank...