Books, authors and stories of contemporary America
Titolo originale: Americana
Published: novembre 2016
Pagine: 311

The attentive listening to the American literature that marked the entire career of Luca Briasco as an editor, translator and journalist it is now transformed in a gallery of illustrious portraits. By presenting the work and poetics of forty authors through the focal lens of one of their writings – from The Floating Opera by John Barth to Tenth of December by George Saunders, from Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis to American Tabloid by James Ellroy, passing by Stephen King, Jonathan Lethem, Cormac McCarthy, Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace and arriving to Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road – Briasco leads us into a rich and curious path of reading and inquiry. Americana runs through the tracks of those writers who explored the territory of the “great American novel”, investigating its tones, registers, shades, and creates a space in which the curiosity of both the reader and the author converge: an out-of-academy dialogue that leads to the discovery, or re-discovery, of authors that have left a permanent impression in USA culture and that have been loved and worshiped in our country, too.

Luca Briasco, americanist and editor for Einaudi Stile Libero, together with Mattia Carratello, edited La Letteratura Americana dal 1900 a oggi (Einaudi 2011). As editorial director of Fanucci, he invented the book series Avant-Pop and he published, as first title the collection, Schegge d’America. Nuove avanguardie letterarie. Briasco is also the Italian voice of Joe R. Lansdale, Howard Marks, Paul Harding, Richard Powers, Jim Thompson, J.G. Ballard, Daniel Mendelsohn.