Francesco Piccolo, Momenti di trascurabile felicità
Francesco Piccolo
Momenti di trascurabile felicità (Moments of Negligible Happiness)
Einaudi, 2010, 136 pages

From this book the movie by Daniele Luchetti Momenti di trascurabile felicità, scripted by Francesco Piccolo.

“There is an attention to minute metabolism, everyday detail, and idle habits that make the reader’s complicity inevitable… Piccolo’s comic indulgence is just as precise as his comic ruthlessness.”
la Repubblica

“Tasty and refreshing reading… Piccolo puts some sarcastic pepper and auto-ironic brightness seducing the reader with a subversive frankness.”
La Vanguardia 

A witty phenomenology of joyful living, an international bestseller.

Is it possible to be happy about other people unhappiness? What does Francesco Piccolo mean when he describes with his wonderful way of writing (part literature, part humor, part self-analysis) his personal Moments of Negligible Happiness? Moments that nest anywhere, ready to pounce, moments that open your eyes to a section of life not previously acknowledged. A merciless catalogue of the usually unmentionable pleasures, tics and fragilities that are familiar to all of us, sooner or later.

 

 

Francesco Piccolo

Francesco Piccolo - © Andrea De Meo

Francesco Piccolo was born in Caserta and lives in Rome.
He is the author of Scrivere è un tic. I metodi degli scrittori (1994), Storie di primogeniti e figli unici (1996), E se c’ero, dormivo (1998), Il tempo imperfetto (2000), Allegro occidentale (2003), L’Italia spensierata (2007), La separazione del maschio (2008), Momenti di trascurabile felicità (2010), Il desiderio di essere come tutti (2013), winner of the Premio Strega in 2014 and of the Premio Padula, Momenti di trascurabile infelicità (2015), L’animale che mi porto dentro (2018). He is among the authors of the anthology The Passenger – Roma (2021). His most recent book is Momenti trascurabili Vol. 3 (2020).
He wrote award-winning works for cinema, theater and radio. He worked on the screenplays for a number of popular movie directors, including Nanni Moretti (Il CaimanoHabemus PapamMia madre), Paolo Virzì (My name is TaninoLa prima cosa bellaIl capitale umano, Ella & John – The Leisure Seeker, Notti magiche), Francesca Archibugi (Il nome del figlio, Gli sdraiati), Silvio Soldini (Agata e la tempestaGiorni e nuvole), Marco Bellocchio (Il traditore). He scripted the tv series My Brilliant Friend, based on the international bestseller by the same name, by Elena Ferrante, and the movie by Daniele Luchetti Momenti di trascurabile felicità, based on his books. He’s been a writer on many tv shows, such as Vieni via con meQuello che (non) hoViva il 25 aprile Falcone e Borsellino. For the theatre in 2019 he wrote Satyricon, directed by Andrea De Rosa. He is a regular contributor to la Repubblica.

 

 

 

Link
Moments of Negligible Happiness as a Twitter phenomenon: a special section on Einaudi website

Press
A selected Italian press review (PDF)
A selected Spanish press review (PDF)

Video
Francesco Piccolo guest at Che tempo che fa and Parla con me, Rai 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“There is an attention to minute metabolism, everyday detail, and idle habits that make the reader’s complicity inevitable… Piccolo’s comic indulgence is just as precise as his comic ruthlessness.”
la Repubblica

“Full of treacherous splinters, unexpected yet terribly familiar.”
Il Sole 24 Ore 

“Piccolo has published delightful books. Now he has surpassed himself.”
El Ideal Gallego 

“A book of wicked truths, and unjustified yet authentic pleasures. Small and private, but also universal.”
Vanity Fair

“Tasty and refreshing reading… Piccolo puts some sarcastic pepper and auto-ironic brightness seducing the reader with a subversive frankness.”
La Vanguardia 

Foreign rights sold in
Albania: Fjala
Bulgaria: Ciela
Egypt: Beba Editions
France: Denoël
Germany: Insel
The Netherlands: Wereldbibliotheek
Russia: Corpus
Spain: Anagrama, Univers

Italian and international editions

Foreign publishers of Francesco Piccolo works
Albania: Fjala
Bulgaria: Ciela
Croatia: Hena
Egypt: Beba Editions
France: Denoël
Germany: Insel
The Netherlands: Wereldbibliotheek
Russia: Corpus
Serbia: Laguna
Spain: Anagrama
Spain (Catalan): Univers

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