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9788439739210

La ciudad de los vivos / The City of the Living

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  • ISBN13:

    9788439739210

  • ISBN10:

    8439739214

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2022-04-26
  • Publisher: Literatura Random House

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La historia real del homicidio que conmocionó Italia. Un retrato despiadado del lado oscuro de Roma
 
«Colosal y perturbadora, con mimbres de Truman Capote y Emmanuel Carrère».
Daniel Verdú, El País
 
En marzo de 2016, en un apartamento situado a las afueras de Roma, dos jóvenes de buena familia se pasaron varios días de fiesta, poniéndose hasta arriba de cocaína, pastillas y alcohol. Decidieron invitar a alguien y tras llamar a varios amigos que no podían o no contestaban, dieron con Luca Varani, un chico al que apenas conocían. Le ofrecieron drogas y dinero a cambio de sexo. Se divirtieron hasta que empezaron a torturarle y terminaron asesinándolo a cuchillazos y golpes de martillo. Tenía 23 años, era hijo de una familia humilde de la periferia, un buen chaval que se buscaba la vida como podía. Nadie entendió por qué lo hicieron, no hubo respuestas para tanto horror. Desde la cárcel uno de los asesinos dijo que «querían saber que se sentía al matar a alguien». Tenían 28 y 29 años: Manuel Foffo, proveniente de una familia de comerciantes, y Marco Prato, un conocido relaciones públicas de la noche gay romana, hijo de un profesor universitario.
El escritor Nicola Lagioia se obsesionó con el caso. Acababa de recibir el Premio Strega por su anterior novela, el premio más importante de Italia, y dedicó cuatro años de su vida a esta historia. Habló con todos los implicados, con los amigos y familiares de los tres chicos, accedió a la investigación y al juicio y llegó a cartearse con uno de los culpables. Se sumergió en lo más oscuro de la noche romana y se adentró en la inaccesible burguesía romana. El resultado es una crónica literaria mayúscula: una investigación sobre la naturaleza humana bajo el silencio de las calles vacías de la ciudad eterna.
«En La ciudad de los vivos está el temblor de lo que sucede y de lo que no sucede, de lo que llega sin aviso y ya es irreparable y no termina nunca».
Antonio Muñoz Molina, Babelia
 
ENGLISH DESCRIPTION

The true story of the murder that shocked Italy. A ruthless portrait of Rome's dark side.

"Colossal and disturbing, with vines of Truman Capote and Emmanuel Carrère.”
Daniel Verdú, El País
 
In March 2016, in an apartment on the outskirts of Rome, two young men from a good family spent several days partying, getting pumped full of cocaine, pills and alcohol. They decided to invite someone over and after calling several friends who could not or did not answer, they found Luca Varani, a boy they hardly knew. They offered him drugs and money in exchange for sex. They had fun until they began to torture him and ended up murdering him with knives and hammer blows. He was 23 years old, he was the son of a humble family on the outskirts, a good kid who did the best he could. No one understood why they did it, there were no answers to such horror. From prison one of the murderers said that they "wanted to know what it felt like when killing someone." They were 28 and 29 years old: Manuel Foffo, from a family of merchants, and Marco Prato, a well-known in public relations of the Roman gay night scene, son of a university professor.
 
Writer Nicola Lagioia became obsessed with the case. He had just received the Strega Prize for his previous novel, the highest award in Italy, and he dedicated four years of his life to this story. He spoke with all those involved, with the friends and relatives of the three boys, got access to the investigation and the trial and came to correspond with one of the culprits. He plunged into the darkest Roman night and entered the inaccessible Roman bourgeoisie. The result is a capital literary chronicle: an investigation into human nature under the silence of the empty streets of the Eternal City.
 
"In The City of the Living there is the earthquake of what happens and what does not happen, of what comes without warning and is now irreparable and never ends."
Antonio Muñoz Molina, Babelia

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