Incredibly representative


I would never have expected that a very short novella by Antonio Manzini – author of the Commissario Schiavone series – would be so representative of the weird Zeitgeist we live in.

It is a novel about a takeover by a seedy corporation. First, of a company, and then, of a whole society.

Many almost ridicolous aspects of this novel recall the most discussed presidential press conference of this millennium (which took place in Washington on Thursday).

The Orwellian takeover and the Vernichtung of the corporate culture echo news of the bigger ever – or second-bigger – take over among consumer companies (news of yesterday).

The aesthetic dimension – buildings, women’s clothes and hairstyles – bring back to the memory images from Toni Erdmann. Sleek, professional women in power-suits and an army of matching assistants.

Lastly, the triumph of ignorance and vulgarity are a familiar feeling for those who lived in Italy between 1997 and 2011.

A surreal novella, about a publishing company takeover, which all of a sudden has become frightening real. Postfaktisch. Alternative fact-ish. Scary.

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