Gianrico Carofiglio
Non esiste saggezza (There is No Wisdom)
Rizzoli 2010, 240 pages / Einaudi 2020, 224 pages

Film TV rights sold to Anele

Premio Chiara 2010

2020 updated version includes two new stories

“Every character in Carofiglio’s fiction has a story to tell and they are always worth hearing.”
Daily Mail

“An ironic kind of fiction, made of subtle psychological nuances.”
Corrado Augias

The stories in There is No Wisdom, by international bestselling writer Gianrico Carofiglio, are set in everyday places, neutral transit points, and select as their focus seemingly unremarkable faces in the crowd. Most of the protagonists are women negotiating personal crises, fighting their fate. And yet men do not simply look on; they become participants, by pursuing in these women an impression, or a suspicion, or the resolution of a curiosity that propels them beyond the predictable—sometimes into the illicit. In terse but penetrative prose, Carofiglio gives names to our fears and shadows and in turn achieves in this collection a kind of collective moral and existential salvation.

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 and non 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), La manomissione delle parole (Manumitting Words, 2010), 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, Con parole precise (With exact words, 2015), Passeggeri notturni (Night Passengers, 2016), Le tre del mattino (Three O’Clock in the Morning, 2017), and the pamphlet Con i piedi nel fango (Feet in the Mud, 2018). Many titles are also audiobooks, read by the author. In 2020 was released L’avvocato Guerrieri, Gianrico Carofiglio’s first audio-series. Gianrico Carofiglio’s multi-award winner and best selling books are translated into 27 languages worldwide.

“Every character in Carofiglio’s fiction has a story to tell and they are always worth hearing.”
Daily Mail

“An ironic kind of fiction, made of subtle psychological nuances.”
Corrado Augias

“A very charming book, aiming to the ineffable, to the hidden gaps of existence.”
Grazia 

“A sober, precise, elegant fiction. [Carofiglio is] a story-teller brave enough to expose instants of truth in a sea of deep emotions.”
Internazionale

“Each short story reveals the author’s capability to enter his characters’ soul, capturing their weakness, their pride, their shame and melancholy. [Each story] is a glance that makes them familiar, real people rather than characters.”
Corriere della Sera

Foreign rights sold in
Germany: Goldmann
Spain: La Esfera de los Libros

Foreign publishers of Gianrico Carofiglio’s works
Albania: Fjala
Argentina: El Ateneo
Australia and New Zealand: Text Publishing
Austria: Folio Verlag
Bosnia: Buybook
Brazil: Editora Jaboticaba
Czech Republic: Host
Denmark: HR Ferdinand
Ethiopia: Soomaalyia
Finland: Kustannus Moreeni
France: Payot e Rivages, Seuil, Slatkine
Germany: Goldmann, Folio Verlag, Scoventa
Greece: Alexandria, Modern Times
Israel: Achuzat Bayit Books
Japan: Bungei ShunJu
Kenya: Soomaalyia
Lithuania: Homo liber
Mexico: Urano
The Netherlands: Prometheus
Poland: W.A.B. Foksal
Portugal: Porto Editora
Romania: Leda
Russia: Inostranka
Serbia: Clio Publishing
Somalia: Soomaalyia
Spain (Castilian): Urano, La Esfera de los Libros, Anagrama
Spain (Catalan): Edicions 62
Sweden: Schibsted, Forum
Switzerland (French): Slatkine
Tanzania: Soomaalyia
Turkey: Neden Kitap
Uganda: Soomaalyia
UK: Bitter Lemon Press, Old Street Publishing
US: Thomas Dunne, Rizzoli International
Vietnam: Nhã Nam

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