15×21 cm, 168 pp
A likely calendar
Drawing inspiration from his bustling life experience as a mountain guide, journalist and documentarist Mario Casella has come up with the idea of a “likely calendar”, whose events take place from Siberia to the Himalayas, in America and in Europe.
“No way! Are you kidding me?” is what most of us can’t help thinking when people brag about the most unlikely stories.
Every story in this book might or might not be true; some of them are more likely, some are rather implausible. There are anecdotes which are basically true, even if their protagonists and details might not be 100% accurate. But even the most fictional pages of this book refer to something that happened in real life.
The stories of A likely calendar take place within the space of twelve months. At the end of each story the reader will find the reference to the actual facts which inspired the stories, and will be free to deem them true or not.
As Ryszard Kapuściński said: “Three bullets, five bullets – who cares? Someone shot to kill, that’s the point”.
Mario Casella (1959) has a degree in Arts and Philosophy and has been a mountaineer since his boyhood. In 1985 he obtained the federal qualification of mountain guide and started to work occasionally as a journalist. He then became a full-time journalist, working for the radio and for RSI, the Swiss public broadcasting organisation in Italian language. He has worked on several documentaries and reportages, mostly abroad: he documented the fall of the Berlin wall and covered the events that took place in former East Germany and Eastern countries, in Russia, Chernobyl, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, and so on. In 2011 he published Black-White-Black. A voyage in time through the Caucasian mountains, which was awarded the following prizes: Winner of the ITAS prize 2013, Winner of the Leggimontagna2011 literary prize (narrative), 9th edition, and Recommended book for the “Exploration and Voyages” category of the Gambrinus “Giuseppe Mazzotti” prize 2011 (29th edition).
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