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Arrigo. A Merchant in 14th-century Rome

Categories:History & Culture - Europe   Language:Italian
   Publishing date:June 2021   Pages:192

★A thriller set in the Middle Age, based on an accurate historical reconstruction. The story of a book dealer in 14th century Rome.
★English translation sample available.

Arrigo is a 14th-century merchant. After travelling all over Europe buying and selling books, he moves to Rome and opens a workshop where he reproduces texts on miscellaneous subjects. He gives each of his clients a personalised cartouche and invents new typefaces with which he stamps his trademark on the manuscripts he sells. But then, one day one of his unmistakable cartouches is found in a house in which a murder has been committed and he ends up in trouble.
This narrative essay, constructed like a novel, follows the adventures of a modern globetrotter in a journey back in time in which the reader is taken around the Eternal City as it was in the 14th century, with its multifarious neighbourhoods, its social life and its countless perils. This is how Massimo Arcangeli describes communal (and papal) Rome, between work and free time, urban geographies and political line-ups, private vices and public virtues, migratory phenomena and gender issues. It is in this teeming theatre that the daily lives of Arrigo and his relatives unfold, described in atmospheric interiors and exteriors through the rhythms and the craft activities of the various quarters. A guide to social and linguistic history in a hugely enjoyable "bottom-up" reconstruction. Read More

【Author】Massimo Arcangeli
Massimo Arcangeli teaches Italian Linguistics at the University of Cagliari. The former world scientific leader of the Dante Alighieri Italian Language Project (PLIDA), he directs a number of cultural festivals, broadcasts on public radio and television, collaborates with the Italian Encyclopaedia Institute (Treccani) and contributes to some of the most important national newspapers. His latest books, both published in 2020 are: Senza parole. Piccolo dizionario per salvare la nostra lingua (Speechless: A brief dictionary to save our language) L'avventurosa storia della stretta di mano. Dalla Mesopotamia al Covid-19 (The Adventurous History of the Handshake. From Mesopotamia to Covid-19). In partnership with Edoardo Boncinelli, for Bollati Boringhieri he has published Le magnifiche 100. Dizionario delle parole immateriali (The Magnificent 100. A dictionary of immaterial words) (2017).

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