Antonio Manzini
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Sull’orlo del precipizio

What would happen if all major Italian publishing houses were grouped under one acronym? Giorgio Volpe is Italy’s greatest writer, a powerhouse in the field of letters. Upon delivery of his new novel Sull’orlo del precipizio he discovers that a string of investors has swallowed up his publishing house. Now in charge are caricatures in dark suits who hate metaphors and “love soaps if the public wants soaps.” Seeking an editorial escape route like a drowning man searches for air, Giorgio sinks into the grotesque and anguish of those who see their freedom of expression challenged. Antonio Manzini has written a ruthless and hilarious satire. A Fahrenheit 451-like dystopia, where it is the world of books that burns itself and not an external power.