“You’re not missing anything, real life is not now. Real life is later”. These are the words that Bruno Guida tells himself every day, like a mantra, while he is attending his senior year of high school in Caserta, and he is trying to escape from a world that claims him.
He hates without cease his village, Villa Literno. He looks with arrogance at his province and at the yokels that live there, even at the quirks and mannerisms of his parvenu schoolmates. Above all, he is not willing to follow and indulge his father’s obsessive efforts. Since his legendary uncle Piero, twin brother of his father, disappeared without trace, his father has convinced himself that Piero has been victim of Camorra, and he has even gone so far as creating an association for legality, dedicated to Piero.
Sarcasm and isolation are to Bruno the only possible defensive weapons: to show presumption, in order to avoid that other people pretend they could cage him and decide for his life. He challenges everything and everyone, so that he can keep alive his dream of being “destined to something different”. And when the world around him, his family included, crumbles, he is strongly tempted to seek a way of salvation in catastrophe.
Presumption is a coming of age novel, set in the so called “Terra dei Fuochi”, an area in the south of Italy characterized by a strong presence of Camorra.
This novel narrates very known places through a new and internal perspective, focused on a young rebel without pre-established ideologies who has just one simple desire: to begin living again
Pier Luigi Razzano - La Repubblica - Napoli
Luca Mercadante costruisce con accuratezza il passaggio dalla zona d'ombra di un'adolescenza illusoria alla vita reale.Leggi
Stefano Jossa - Robinson - la Repubblica
Un'autofiction con tutti gli ingredienti necessari.Leggi
Gaia Tarini - Minima&Moralia
La storia di un diciottenne in rotta con gli ultimi avamposti illusori dell’adolescenza.Leggi
Mirella Armiero - Corriere del Mezzogiorno
La vita quotidiana in una terra complicata.Leggi
Il Sole 24 ORE
Mercadante svela con abilità la macchina mostruosa che crea i falsi eroi e i falsi miti.Leggi
Francesca Cingoli - Il Libraio
Fare scelte, qualunque esse siano, giuste o sbagliate: Bruno conosce questa alternanza.Leggi
Giovanni Bitetto - Flanerí
Un romanzo riflessivo e pacato, di uno scrittore maturo.Leggi
Raffaele Mozzillo - Una banda di Cefali
Un dramma che non si fa mai tragedia e a volte diventa farsa amara.Leggi
Gabriele Ottaviani - Convenzionali
Bruno fa l’ultimo anno di liceo. Ma odia tutto ciò che lo circonda. Quella vita. Quelle terre.Leggi
Gloria Ghioni - Critica letteraria
In questo romanzo di formazione le svolte non mancano e anche il finale arriva inatteso.Leggi