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CRIMINI: The Bitter Lemon Book of Italian Crime Fiction [Paperback]

Giancarlo De Cataldo
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10 Jan 2008
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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: BITTER LEMON PRESS (10 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904738265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904738268
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandrone Dazieri was born in Cremona (Italy) in 1964. He graduated at San Pellegrino Terme hotel-management school and worked as a cook for years, all around Italy. After having moved to Milan he started working in a number of jobs, from seller to porter, and played a very active role in the italian anti nuclear movement.
In 1992 he got closer to publishing working as freelance journalist ad expert of underground culture and cyberpunk fiction.
In 1999 he achieved his first popular success with the thriller "Attenti al gorilla" (Watch Out For The Gorilla), the first in a best-seller series, where the main character is a sort of doppelgènger of Dazieri himself, living the nightlife in Milan with all the ensuing troubles. Dazieri's books are renowned for the rocambolesque adventures in which Sandrone (the main character has the author's name too) is continuously involved, in an irrefrenable but never fatalistic destiny. It is in fact Sandrone's personality that always drives him to assist the weak and derelict, those who have lost all hope for help but for the Gorilla's saving hand. Among a thousand contradictions, he'll confront all sorts of dangers, in the best tradition of hardboiled thrillers, and aided by his alter ego called Socio (the rational side of Sandrone, in a split-personality condition), our hero will happily finalise and conclude many chilling and hair-raising situations.
Dazieri wrote many other noir novels, kids novels, comics and short stories.
He is also a scriptwriter for cinema and tv. His most successful serie is "Squadra Antimafia" (Antimafia Squad) now optioned by ABC.
With Italian film director Gabriele Salvatores and producer Maurizio Totti, Dazieri founded in 2004 the publishing house Colorado Noir.
From 2000 to 2004 he was also the chief editor of the crime series Gialli Mondadori (Mondadori Thrillers) and the catalogue for young readers Libri per Ragazzi Mondadori (Mondadori Books for Youth). He is currently a literary consultant to the Mondadori Publishing House.

He is vegetarian and testimonial for many nonprofit organization.

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Praise for the authors:'The Italy of Carlotto is a different world entirely, a dangerous setting for serious crimes committed by cruel men.' New York Times'Ammaniti has written a deft masterpiece without a false note.' Michael Dibdin'Camilleri writes with such vigour and wit that he deserves a place alongside Donna leon, along with the additional advantage of an insider's sense of authenticity.' Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Giancarlo De Cataldo, the editor of the anthology, wrote 'Romanzo Criminale' made into the eponymous widely praised film. Niccolo Ammaniti wrote the bestseller 'I'm Not Scared'. Andrea Camilleri wrote 'The Shape of Water' and other titles of the Inspector Montalban series.Carlo Lucarelli wrote 'Carte Blanche' and 'Almost Blue', among others.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent anthology 19 Jun 2008
By Hywel James TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is an excellent introduction to contemporary Italian crime fiction containing a range of writers at the top of their form who have here produced short stories which are at once highly varied in approach and extremely powerful. The translator, Andrew Brown, has done a terrific job and I recommend this book wholeheartedly.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By A. Ross TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Italian crime fiction has been gaining a higher profile in the English-reading world in the last five years, and this anthology (originally published in Italy in 2005) showcases all the big names (except Giancarlo Carofiglio), plus a few who've yet to previously appear in English. In his introduction, editor and contributor Giancarlo De Cataldo identifies three themes that unite the nine stories: corruption (financial and moral), foreigners (recent waves of immigrants), and obsession with success and fame. The first of these is rather obvious -- pretty much all crime fiction involves moral corruption. The second theme is rather more interesting and distinctive, although the stories here tend to incorporate immigrants from elsewhere in Europe, and not the African or Middle Eastern immigrant population. The third theme is also somewhat unusual, as these stories feature more entertainers, politicians, and glory-seekers than the average crime anthology.

The first story, Niccolo Ammaniti (known outside Italy primarily for the novel I'm Not Scared and its film adaptation) and Antonio Manzini's "You Are My Treasure Chest," is a good example. It features a coke-addled, panic-striken plastic surgeon to the stars who, in the midst of a boob job, hides his baggie of cocaine inside the starlet he's operating on. This outsized premise is the catalyst for several years of misadventures in which he attempts to retrieve this "nest egg." It's kind of a goofy, ridiculous story, but colorful enough to engage readers open to that kind of crime story. Sandrone Dazieri's "The Last Gag" and Giorgio Faletti's "The Guest of Honor" also revolve around the lifestyles of the rich and famous. In the former, a former TV comedian comes to realize his former partner was murdered, and inadvertently solves the case.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny tiny font 8 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback
I could only read the first 27 pages when I had to give up because of the extremely tiny print. I am a great fan of Ammaniti and I have just finished reading You and Me which actually has a note about the lovely reader friendly font which my very old eyes could read easily and then I get this book with very unfriendly font.

I would love to have this book on audio with the reading done with the beautiful Italian accents that I remember from Italian holidays of 50 years ago.

Crime and pathos and irony are not just for the young.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written Stories ! 3 April 2013
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I have only read two of the stories so far, "The Third Shot" & "Death Of An Informer".
They are both first class, and move at some speed especial the latter.
Andrew Brown has done a very good job of translating, I now look forward to dipping into the rest.
All told, so far a very good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Crimini 26 Sep 2011
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The book arrived on time and in good condition. Some of the short stories are good but some are not very interesting. I wouldn't buy a second volume.
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