Giorgia Carofiglio
Gianrico Carofiglio
L'ora del caffè. Manuale di conversazione per generazioni incompatibili (Coffee Time. Conversation Guide for Incompatible Generations)
Einaudi Stile Libero, an essay, November 2022

It’s time to suspend our certainties, and start a journey into the extravagant universes of others.

We can spend a lifetime arguing without ever understanding each other, particularly when we belong to different generations. It’s almost always a problem of the coordinates we use to navigate our worlds. Everyone has their own and refuses to abandon them, even for a second. Being father and daughter doesn’t make things easier.

Tired of having “empty conversations,” Giorgia and Gianrico Carofiglio sat down at a table and faced with fresh eyes some of the topics that most divided them. Issues that affect all of us such as the climate, feminism, food, politics. They haven’t overcome all their differences, but they’ve developed a series of arguments – veritable short essays, tiles of a surprising mosaic – in which both points of view are combined in surprising ways. It is a bold and cheerful wager on the possibilities of a common language, of a shared vision of the world and the future.

“We rehashed and reassembled discussions from the past that had often ended badly. This time with a spirit of curiosity and experimentation. With the conviction that if univocal answers are not found, there will always be a different way to formulate the questions.”

Giorgia Carofiglio

Giorgia Carofiglio graduated in Political Theory from University College London. She previously worked in a literary agency and now works with several publishing houses. With her father Gianrico Carofiglio, she published L’ora del caffè (2022).





Gianrico Carofiglio

Gianrico Carofiglio was born in Bari and has worked for many years as a prosecutor specializing in organized crime. He was appointed advisor of the anti-Mafia committee in the Italian Parliament in 2007 and served as a senator from 2008 to 2013. He is the author of the novels featuring the character of the defense lawyer Guido Guerrieri: Testimone inconsapevole (Involuntary Witness, 2002), Ad occhi chiusi (A Walk in the Dark, 2003, Best International Noir of the year 2007 in Germany), Ragionevoli dubbi (Reasonable Doubts, 2006), Le perfezioni provvisorie (Temporary Perfections, 2010, Premio Selezione Campiello), La regola dell’equilibrio (A Fine Line, 2014), La misura del tempo (The Measure of Time, 2019, Premio Strega 2020 finalist). Officer of the Carabinieri Pietro Fenoglio is the protagonist of another series of novels: Una mutevole verità (A Shifting Truth, 2014, Premio Scerbanenco), L’estate fredda (The Cold Summer, 2016), La versione di Fenoglio (Fenoglio’s Version, 2019).
Among his fiction works: Il passato è una terra straniera (The Past is a Foreign Land, 2004, Premio Bancarella 2005), adapted into an internationally awarded film, Né qui né altrove (Neither Here Nor Elsewhere. A Night in Bari, 2009), Non esiste saggezza (There is No Wisdom, 2010, 2020), Il silenzio dell’onda (The Silence of the Wave, 2011, finalist for Premio Strega 2012), Il bordo vertiginoso delle cose (The Vertiginous Edge of Things, 2013), La casa nel bosco (The House in the Woods, 2014), written with his brother Francesco, Passeggeri notturni (Night Passengers, 2016), Le tre del mattino (Three O’Clock in the Morning, 2017), La disciplina di Penelope (Penelope’s Discipline, 2021) and Rancore (Resentment, 2022). Among his non-fiction books: La manomissione delle parole (Manumitting Words, 2010), Con parole precise (With exact words, 2015), Con i piedi nel fango (Feet in the Mud, 2018), Della gentilezza e del coraggio (On Kindness and Courage, 2020), La nuova manomissione delle parole (2021) and L’ora del caffè (Coffe Time, 2022). Many titles are also audiobooks, read by the author. In 2020 was released L’avvocato Guerrieri, Gianrico Carofiglio’s first audio-series. He has a podcast with his daughter Giorgia, called Coffee for Two. Gianrico Carofiglio’s multi-award winner and best selling books are translated into 27 languages worldwide.

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Guido Guerrieri novels

Pietro Fenoglio novels

Penelope Spada novels


Short stories collections


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