The Age of Fever
Edited by Chrstian Raimo and Alessandro Gazoia
What does it mean to narrate our time? Which are today the voices that are able not only to portray our time but also to read its traces on our skin?
In 2004 minimum fax published the anthology The Quality of the Air, in which we asked to the best under-40 writers to illuminate the huge transformations through which Italy was passing at the beginning of the zero years. Since that anthology is considered today as a dividing line and its authors have become a small new canon of Italian narrative, Christian Raimo and Alessandro Gazoia decided, with The Age of Fever, to relaunch this challenge by choosing eleven voices in order to investigate this era more and more incomprehensible. This is no longer a world on the border of crisis, but a world in which big changes are related not only to society and politics but also to the very same root of personality, that is what makes us so obstinately human.
Through the cover illustrated by Manuele Fior, the most important contemporary Italian cartoonist, we will already enter in an uncertain but vital place, full of melancholies and emotional deflagrations, in order to listen together to that chorus of very intense voices able to give us back the fragility and the fury of our time.
A team of explorers that will accompany us in the future of ferocity and hope, that is our life
Violetta Bellocchio (1977) published for Mondadori the novel Sono io che me ne vado
(2009) and the autobiographical novel Il corpo non dimentica (2014).
Emmanuela Carbé (1983) won the Premio Campiello Giovani in 2002. In 2013 published
for Laterza Mio salmone domestico. Manuale per la costruzione di un mondo.
Claudia Durastanti (1984) published for Marsilio Un giorno verrò a lanciare sassi alla tua
finestra (2010) and A Chloe, per le ragioni sbagliate (2013). With her first novel she won
the Premio Castiglioncello Opera Prima and the Premio Mondello Giovani.
Manuele Fior (1975), cartoonist and illustrator, won in 2009 the Prix International de
Genève with La Signorina Else and in 2011 the Fauve d’or at the Angoulême International
Comics Festival with Cinquemila chilometri al secondo. In 2013 he published L’intervista.
Le sue opere, edited by Coconino Press, translated in French, Spanish and Dutch.
Vincenzo Latronico (1984) debuted with Ginnastica e rivoluzione (Bompiani, 2008). He
won the Premio Bergamo and the Premio Napoli with his second novel, La cospirazione
delle colombe (Bompiani, 2011).
Antonella Lattanzi (1979) published for Einaudi the novels Devozione (2010), winner of the
Premio Cesare De Lollis and the Premio Falerno, and Prima che tu mi tradisca (2013).
Rossella Milone (1979) published the collections of short stories La memoria dei vivi
(Einaudi, 2008) and Nella pancia, sulla schiena, tra le mani (Laterza, 2011). She debuted
with the novel Poche parole, moltissime cose (Einaudi, 2013).
Vanni Santoni (1978) debuted with the collection of micro short stories Personaggi precari
(RGB, 2007, then Voland, 2013), he published Gli interessi in comune (Feltrinelli,2008)
and Se fossi fuoco arderei Firenze (Laterza, 2011). He’s composing a fantasy trilogy for
Paolo Sortino (1982) in 2012 published for Einaudi Elisabeth, his first novel.
Chiara Valerio (1978) published La gioia piccola d’esser quasi salvi (nottetempo, 2009),
Spiaggia libera tutti (Laterza, 2010) and Almanacco del giorno prima (Einaudi, 2014).
Giuseppe Zucco (1981) works for the Italian national tv channel Rai as a programmer director.
His short stories has been published in Nuovi Argomenti, Nazione Indiana, minima
et moralia, Colla, Vicolo Cannery.
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