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Presentation of “Non sono stato io” by Daniele Derossi



Presentation of “Non sono stato io” by Daniele Derossi

Presentation of the new novel Non sono stato io by Daniele Derossi

The author will be in conversation with Emanuele Trevi

Giacomo is 10 years old and his relationship with the world is a problematic one. When the school year begins he is no more in London but in Serena, in Piedmont. It is a small village and its few inhabitants know each other personally. Everyone knows that Ada, Giacomo’s mother, has come back to leave with her mother in Serena after her marriage with Bashir, a Pakistanni scientist, was over. And everyone knows that it ended because something odd happened – no betrayal was involved. Everyone silently knows but no one has a secret: this is Serena.

Non sono stato io tells the story of grown-ups far too busy to gossip over marriages and politics while a child, alone with his fears, wanders around the woods until he finds the castle’s cellar where the longed secret is kept.

Event in Italian with simultaneous translation in English


Daniele Derossi completed his PhD in Biology of development at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris. In October 2013 Bompiani published his first novel: Nel cuore dell’Anatomista (In the Anatomist’s heart). Set in Padua during the Renaissance, the book recounts the adventures of an apprentice anatomist. Since 2010 he collaborates with the dancer and choreographer Luigia Riva. They have since created three art performances, which have been staged in theaters and art galleries, such as the Théâtre National de Chaillot and the Museum of Modern art in Paris.

Emanuele Trevi is a writer and literary critic. He has written many critical essays on poets and writers, and his book on the poet Pietro Tripodo won the Sandro Onofri Prize. Trevi has served on the jury for several literary awards and has written for magazines and various national newspapers, including "La Repubblica", "La Stampa", and "Il Manifesto". In 2012 he won the European Union Prize for Literature for Something Written. It was a finalist for Italy’s most prestigious literary prize, the Strega Prize, and his work has been translated into more than 10 languages. In 2016 he wrote the theatre adaptation of Ragazzi di vita, based on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s novel, directed by Massimo Popolizio.


Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time: At 7:00 pm

Organized by : ICI Londra

Entrance : Free


Italian Cultural Institute