Melania G. Mazzucco
Il bassotto e la Regina (Plato and the Queen)
Einaudi, November 2012, 106 pages

Illustrations by Alessandro Sanna
Premio Frignano Ragazzi 2013

“Parrots, dogs and monkeys adventures tell something about today’s life, without heroism and with no obligation of a moral lesson.” la Repubblica (full review)

“Mazzucco succeeds in telling a classic tale, but set in a cruel contemporary world, taking only realistic elements from the fantastic.” Il Messaggero

A Christmas tale, a story of love and friendship about the strength and purity of feelings – concerning animals and their human owners.

Plato is a dachshund who loves singing, he is kind of a poet, brave as a tiger. The Queen is a proud Afghan greyhound with oblique eyes. The Queen is kept prisoner by cruel smugglers and Plato would risk his own life to get her freedom. A love affair between the two of them seems impossible, but nothing is impossible in fairy tales – and maybe not only there, because “appearance is just a chance, the soul is our destiny”. A tender and deep story told by a perrot, who is sitting on a tree and understands all the languages of the world. A wonderful and moving tale, about the courage of dreaming and the beauty of travelling.

Melania G. Mazzucco

Melania G. Mazzucco was born and lives in Rome. She is the author of Il bacio della Medusa (1996), La camera di Baltus (1998), Lei così amata (2000, Premio Napoli), about the writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Vita (2003, Premio Strega), Un giorno perfetto (2005), on which was based the movie with the same title by Ferzan Ozpetek, and two works about the Italian Renaissance painter Tintoretto: the novel La lunga attesa dell’angelo (2008, Premio Bagutta) and the essay Jacomo Tintoretto e i suoi figli (2009, Premio Comisso). In 2011 she received the Premio letterario Viareggio-Tobino as Author of the Year. Then, she wrote Limbo (2012, Premio Elsa Morante, Premio Rhegium Julii, Premio Matteotti, Premio Bottari Lattes Grinzane), Il bassotto e la Regina (2012, Premio Frignano Ragazzi 2013), Sei come sei (2013), Il museo del mondo (2014), in which she narrates 54 works of art, Io sono con te (2016, Rai Radio 3 Fahrenheit‘s Book of the Year), L’architettrice (2019, Premio Alassio, Premio Capalbio). In 2020 she won the Premio alla Carriera John Fante. She created and wrote the docu-film Tintoretto. A Rebel in Venice, a 2019 Sky Arts original production distributed in cinemas all over the world. She wrote for the theatre, the cinema and the radio and is a contributor to la Repubblica. Her books have been translated in 27 languages.

 

 

“Parrots, dogs and monkeys adventures tell something about today’s life, without heroism and with no obligation of a moral lesson.”
la Repubblica (full review)

“Mazzucco succeeds in telling a classic tale, but set in a cruel contemporary world, taking only realistic elements from the fantastic.”
Il Messaggero

“An intense and passionate story.”
Tuttolibri

“A new proof of Mazzucco’s eclectic writing.”
La Sicilia

“Touching.”
Quotidiano Nazionale

Foreign rights sold in
Germany: Hoffmann und Campe/Atlantik
Japan: Michitani

International editions

Foreign publishers of Melania G. Mazzucco’s works
Albania: Albas
Bulgaria: Uniscorp, Jelenkor
Canada: HarperCollins, Harper Perennial
China: Horizon
Croatia: Oceanmore
Denmark: Tellerup, Turbine
Finland: Avain
France: Flammarion, J’ai lu, Editions du Club
Germany, Austria and Switzerland: Piper, Knaus, btb, Hoffmann und Campe
Georgia: Sulakauri
Greece: Diigisi, Modern Times
Hungary: Európa Könyvkiadó
Israel: Schocken, Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir
Japan: Michitani
Korea: Random House Corea
The Netherlands and Belgium: Mouria, Atlas-Contact
Norway: Cappelen
Poland: Wab-Foksal
Romania: Polirom
Russia: Ast
Serbia: Mono j Manjana, Sezam Book
Spain and South America: Seix Barral, Planeta, Anagrama
Sweden: Norsteds, Contempo
Turkey: Yapi Kredi Culture and Arts, Doğan Kitap
UK: Pushkin
US and UK: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Picador, Thornedike Press

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