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La Linea is an Italian publisher, settled in Bologna, that began its activity in 2011. La Linea is composed by four partners: Alessandro Menon, that has a long work experience in educational publishing, Marco Nardini, a literary agent and a former editor in important publishers, Isabella De Ponti and Andrea Ghezzi, both anthropologists.
We have four series:
Tam Tam, that deals with contemporary literature. It contains novels of foreigner and Italian writers. The selection of these novels is based on the strenght of the link with the social reality. We appreciate the narratives that give an interesting point of view on the contemporary world to the Italian readers.
Le Stringhe contains short and popular essays on different topics. This serie is an open container that we fill tring to guess wath can intrigue the public.
Il Secondo Libro, is a series dedicated to anthropology. We want to offer books that are not the main scientific production of an anthropologist, but those that are written for a widest audience tring to explane the human, historical or even critical dimension of the antropological work.
La Linea Edu, is the series dedicated to the educational books for adult and foreigner readers and students. From 2012 the books of this series will be released in co-edition with the publisher Loescher.
Author: Andrea Garbarino
Publication date: May 2013
Against the underworld setting of the Western Riviera, Liguria, the never placated fight between partisans and fascists.
“With Garbarino’s novels you sometimes laugh, you sometimes chew on life’s gristle. They feature adventure, restlessness and the assessment of lives that’s impossible to keep on balance”.
Corriere della Sera
“Lively and mixed, Garbarino’s narrative is similar to South American ‘dirty realism’, the reign of criminal stories and no longer bucolic settings”.
In a seaside town in Liguria, “gloomy even under the sun”, stories on the verge between a vile present and an indecipherable past weave together. Sandra, a young woman with androgynous traits and abrupt manners, burdened with a bulky load of mysterious family happenings that feed her angry pain of living, gives voice to them.
On 25th April, Liberation Day, she receives an envelope containing a red pill: “Medicine for your memory” reads the anonymous letter that goes with it. The sleepy life of Sandra’s soul grows from now on lively with surveillance, intimidation and break-ins, in a crescendo of enigmatic events revolving around her father, who fled to Provence so many years before, and her maternal grandfather, a fascist vicepodestà victim of a weird accident. While Sandra delves into the past of her family and land in order to understand what is going on, she finds herself more and more plunged into a magmatic and intriguing world, populated by former partisans and supporters of the Republic of Salò, underworld thugs and white collar hustlers, all looking for a hidden treasure for which they are ready to kill and die.
The book is admirably written and brings alongside a fascinating noir plot and an underlying reflection on greed and memory, in which the latter can be a healthy antidote to the former.
Andrea Garbarino was born and lives in Milan, a city which he likes to desert in order to stay in a house on the river in Valtellina, or on a small island of the Sporades, Greece.
He is a journalist and has worked for many Italian magazines (including La Repubblica, Il Mondo and Panorama) until a few years ago he decided to devote himself to fiction.
After the success of Luz, a picaresque novel about a plot to kill Fidel Castro, released in 2006 by Marco Tropea Editore, in 2010 he published Gli appartati (The secluded, Marco Tropea again) which has had a great feedback from critics.
A gran giornate
(In Great Days)
Author: Claudio Morandini
Publication date: July 2012
A hilarious and picaresque novel, an allegory to contemporary life that helps us to read with a new look at our time.
“Morandini is a writer who knows how to write, and very well”.
Umberto Rossi, Pulp
“It’s a remarkable and inner style that of Morandini, rich of speech, strong as its images that powerful emerge, deep and bright the prose”.
Carlotta Vissani, Mangialibri
“Morandini seems to work beside masters as Landolfi and Calvino. Of the first one he brings back the crumble of suburbs, of the second one he aspires to the rational control of the writing in form of tale. Then he unsettles and his voice is remarkable and strong in an exponential force”.
Giona A. Nazaro, Rumore
“Claudio Morandini, as a wise surgeon, bares the complexities of the human being, the force of the hate and desires, exploring the more deep spots of the mind”.
Barbara Baraldi, Thriller Magazine
In a country that seems contemporary Italy, some men explore the bizarres deviations of their lives. To each of them miss something of inexpressible and essential (maybe a woman, a job or happiness). So, they move toward disperate and comical adventures: one of them goes round hotels with a sex doll who animates and walks silent around the streets; another one cheats and seduces rich old ladies; the last one discovers the pleasure of naturism and goes naked around woods up to get lost.
Their ways are unfulfilling but irrevocable. So, pushed between human ugliness, the main characters find themselves pressed inside a car, in a hostile and apocalyptic land where they seem to see a monstrous and Dantesque creature appeared in dreams of each of them.
A book that sets with accuracy the contraddictions of these days: the brutishness of instincts and the bestial exploration of wild and unknown lands, but also the polite education, the wordiness that acts as frame to personal relations and small subterfuges to deceive the daily needs.
A funny epic of humble people that reminds the inexhaustible attempt to cross humanity midway between abyss of existentialism and the stage of cabaret.
Claudio Morandini lives in Aosta. He wrote comedies for the radio and monologues for the theatre. He published some novels: The blood of the Tyrant, Rapsody on a only theme, The Grubs and Nora and the Shadows. His account Cold fingers is included in the italian-american Santi – Lives of Modern Saints (Black Arrow Press, Baltimora, 2007).
A very usefull handbook to learn good ecologycal behaviours to save money in a eco-friendly way
Author: Giulia Landini
Publication date: April 2013
A very usefull handbook to learn good ecologycal behaviours to save money in a eco-friendly way.
How to apply factually the “Sustainable Negative Growth” and the “Transition Movement” and use it at home and in our everyday life? Giulia Landini’s advice consists to have seven essential ingredients: vinegar, bicarbonate, citric acid, lemon, starter, internet and sneakers.
Here it is a funny journey across handmade products, remains recipes, barter, sharing and construction of neighbourhood connections.
Giulia Landini in years deals with ecology. Journalist and blogger, she undergoes and writes about natural cooking and self made products. She writes for different ,magazine as Altreconomia, Stile Naturale and Terra Nuova.
Since some months she opened the blog “Women in sustainible negative growth”: www.seminterra.com.
Author: Marco Visinoni
Publication date: November 2012
Everything you should know before, during and after the publication of your book. Especially after publishing.
And if you read, you also write. Or you dream of writing.
How to become a successful writer is your bible, with the difference that it makes you laugh, it weighs less and it will give you what you’ve always wanted: the answers to key questions of literary success.
• How to find a publisher?
• And the readers?
• How to organize a reading?
• How to promote yourself online?
This, and much more, in a hilarious book that will change your life in an hour.
Marco Visinoni was born in Iseo in 1981. Presently he lives in Bologna. He published Macabre danze di sagome bianche (Gruesome dances of white shapes, 2007) and Apocalypse wow (2009). He has an emotional attachment to the memory of a cat: I love you, Stivalino.
Authors: Silvia Morselli and Antonello Nicolini
Publication date: October 2012
In search of your own domestic space.
The dream of most Italian people is a beautiful house.
A dream that must be faced with not only economical problems.
In fact to design a new house or reorganize that one we live in, means to solve technical issues, to create spaces and their functions, to overcome bureaucratic obstacles, but also to face our ideas on housing and living.
The book is a guide for those who begin this adventurous journey. Not a handbook, but something like a fellow traveler.
Silvia Morselli is an architect who lives and works in Bologna.
Antonello Nicolini is an engineer. Born in Perugia, he lives and works in Bologna, where he is specialized in interior renovations.
Il bel matrimonio
(The Beautiful Wedding)
Authors: Roberta Gollini and Paola Melle
Publication date: August 2012
How to survive to preparations for wedding and get married in happiness.
A practical handbook to help you to reach safe and sound the most beautiful day thanks to the advises and suggestions ot two successful wedding planners.
It’s easy to say: “I get married”. To get things ready for wedding is a demanding and complicated project. You have to think to many details and you risk to reach the wedding day anxious and exhausted.
The precious suggestions of two specialized wedding planners can help you to enjoy that unique day.
Roberta Gollini and Paola Melle manage a wedding planner agency in Bologna.
I dieci cocktail che sconvolsero il mondo
(Ten cocktails that upset the world)
Author: Tom Collins
Publication date: May 2012
What did Hemingway drink? Which are the secrets to prepare an excellent Margarita? Where does the Bloody Mary take its name? Every cocktail has an intimate and gripping story narrated by this book.
“This book is fun, writing is effervescent as the bubbles of a Fever Tree, the authors handle the matter perfectly”.
Helmut Failoni, Corriere di Bologna
The passion for a good cocktail is shared by Ernest Hemingway and the count Camillo Negroni, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill and James Bond. After all many of us ordered at least once in life a Martini or Cuba libre, a Bloody Mary or a Mojito, a Manhattan or a Margarita. To these and other alcoholic mixtures, to their inventors and connoisseurs is dedicated this book.
To remind athmospheres, moments, characters, places and mythes of the last Century and to enjoy the flavour and the pleasure to share true or likely stories, but anyway always “high-alcohol”.
Tom Collins is a collective name chosen by a little merry party of anthusiasts of books, writing and coffee bars. And, undoubtedly, a name of a cocktail.
Author: Marina Emanuelli
Publication date: November 2011
1° edition sold out in a month! It’s an extremely amusing book, written with great irony, that joins to the discovery of curious habits and richness of anecdotes, the possibility to travel into the Christmas tastes and flavours around the world.
“A book for who loves rituals. Imagine the Christmas afternoon to flip through together”. Donna Moderna
“To give a different flavour to the most celevrated day of the year”.
Italia a Tavola
The book is subdivided into 15 chapters, each one dedicated to a nation and, in particular, to specific Christmas celebrations. At the end of each chapter there are tipical recipes from different cultural and culinary traditions.
A tour across Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Ethiopia, Philippines, France, India, Lithuania, New Zealand and Cook Islands, Great Britain, Spain, United States of America, Venezuela and the mythical Natalandia.
From the preface: “Why does we decorate a tree with glass balls or build the crèche? Do you know what to do if you are in Lithuania and desire a rich and prosperous year? But above all: what do they cook in Christmastime in different parts of the world? You will find these answers in this delicious and itinerant tale. Each page retraces the history of symbols, superstitions and Christmas rituals from the elegant Austria or the majestic India. To complete the journey there are traditional simple and tasty recipes from different Countries that can be useful to cut a fine figure with family and friends or to be prepared if you pass festivities abroad. Christmas is served!”.
Marina Emanuelli is an italian journalist who lived a long time abroad. She is author of the followed kitchen blog “Navi e Zafferano”.
Authors: Isabella Fabbri and Patrizia Zani
Publication date: July 2011
Two editions in three months.
Between love and homeland’s love, faithfulness and revolt, the intense life stories of eight women protagonists of the italian Risorgimento, again able to surprise us for their topicality.
“Anita and the others merit is to show with passion and skill the portrait of eight women who animated Risorgimento’s events and, differently to their men, whose no places or roads had been dedicated to”.
“To make known. To spread”.
Books and other sorrows
The Risorgimento is the historical period dated at the first seventies of the XIX century that brought to the construction of the italian nation (1861), of which, in 2011, is the 150° anniversary.
The essay written by Isabella Fabbri and Patrizia Zani gives to the reader the tale of the private and public life of eight women who partecipated actively to the fight for national unification.
In the struggle they experimented love and political action in abandoning the role of housewives. Their emancipation desire freightened a great part of the public opinion and some battle companions. For Pio IX they were “impudent prostitutes” and the ex-follower of Garibaldi sayd of them: “tempter demons”.
With a passionating and involving writing, the authors retrace lives of Anita Garibaldi, wife of the national heroe Garibaldi, Bianca Milesi Mojon, Carolina Pepoli Tattini, Cristina Trivulzio di Belgioioso, Enrichetta di Lorenzo, Giorgina Craufurd Saffi, Giuditta Bellerio Sidoli and Jessie White Mario.
Isabella Fabbri is a journalist, she works in years in the field of communication and divulgation linked to Cultural Heritage.
Patrizia Zani is author and editor of history, history of art and literature school books.