Paolo Sorrentino Paolo Sorrentino
Hanno tutti ragione (Everybody's Right)
Feltrinelli, a novel, 2010, 320 pages

Foreign rights: Silvia Ascoli (

“A stand-out novel: sincere, grotesque, with an extraordinary quality to the language.” Tuttolibri

“Tony Pagoda, the protagonist of Hanno tutti ragione, is a character that stays with you, lingering long in the mind.” L’Espresso

“An astonishing baroque first novel.” Le Monde

Even literary critics dream. They dream that the best is not in the past. Paolo Sorrentino’s first novel, Hanno tutti ragione, is that dream come true. It is the story of Tony Pagoda, a Neapolitan singer with a colorful past. We meet him in the early 1980s, in a blooming and wildly happy Italy. Tony is a picaresque hero: he has talent, money, women, and an extravagant lifestyle – but he is not superficial. Among his friends are both extraordinary and miserable specimens, all of whom teach him something along the way. With his exuberant and restless wisdom, Tony is like a contemporary Falstaff, comically revealing the true substance of humans, winners and losers alike. When life gets complicated, Tony seeks silence on a short tour in Brazil. The new setting appeals to him and he decides to stay: first in Rio, then Manaus, where he feels himself crowned by a new freedom (not to mention obsessed with cockroaches). He lives eighteen years in humid, Amazonian exile – and then someone offers to sign a check for an outrageously high sum to bring him back to Italy, where yet a new life awaits.

About Hanno tutti ragione, the critic Antonio D’Orrico has said: “After I had read this beautiful novel I thought of Ezra Pound, who saw the magnificence of Venice and asked God what kind of punishment humans should expect for such an early reward.”

Paolo Sorrentino

Paolo Sorrentino - © Gianni Fiorito

Paolo Sorrentino is an Oscar-winning director and screenwriter. His films have won major awards in Italy and abroad. They include L’uomo in più, (2001); Le conseguenze dell’amore (2004); L’amico di famiglia (2006); Il Divo (2008); This Must Be The Place (2011); La grande bellezza (2013); La giovinezza (2015); Loro (2018). He has written and directed two TV series, The Young Pope (2016); The New Pope (2020). He has published Hanno tutti ragione (2010, finalist for the Strega Prize), Tony Pagoda e i suoi amici (2012), La grande bellezza. Diary of the film. Set photos by Gianni Fiorito (2013), Gli aspetti irrilevanti (2016), Il peso di Dio. Il vangelo di Lenny Belardo (2017), Loro (2018; with Umberto Contarello) and Loro. Film Diary. Set photos by Gianni Fiorito (2018).



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Arab Countries: Almutawassit
Croatia: Vukovic ́&Runjic ́
Czech Republic: Dybbuk
France: Albin Michel
Israel: Kinneret
Germany: Aufbau
Macedonia: Antolog Books
Netherlands: Lebowski
Russia: Gorodets
Serbia: Booka
Spain: Anagrama
Turkey: Everest
UK: Harvill Secker
US: Europa

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