by GIULIA ZIINO
The new brand in the RCS Books area dedicated to essays, investigations and civil novels. On October 3rd the first title on Vajont. Cairo: project in our DNA. The editor in charge Maurizio Donati: we tell what you can’t see
What cannot be seen, what remains in the shadows, outside the media bubble. He declares his heart and intentions immediately, in his name: an open eye on what remains off the radar, still to be discovered, known, evaluated. Fuoriscena, a new publishing house dedicated to intervention non-fiction, investigative journalism, investigations (but also novels) on the great themes of our time, is born within a few days on 3 October. A new editorial brand (and a black and white logo) in the RCS Books area that focuses on strong themes and authors: Riccardo Iacona, Paolo Di Stefano, Clara Mattei and Francesca Albanese are the first to be released, followed, at the beginning of 2024, by by Roberto Saviano.
Book publishing is in our DNA – said Urbano Cairo at the announcement of the birth of the new reality -. We started in 2018 with Solferino and have published six hundred titles to date, giving voice to protagonists of the Italian and international cultural panorama. Since 2021 we have also intervened on the Cairo publishing house which today has a strong and well-defined editorial line of various types, with particular attention to sport and the biographies of great figures.
Now it’s Fuoriscena’s turn, a project that looks at today and the tradition of civil journalism and fiction. The great themes of the present concern us all closely – says Maurizio Donati – which is why we felt the need for a reality that was centered on this. Donati, in Rcs since May after having been editor of Chiarelettere, a reality he helped create in 2007, is the editor responsible for the new brand (the editorial direction of Luisa Sacchi, head of the Rcs Books area): Today – he says – the The offer in the bookshop focuses entirely on entertainment, we will go in depth. Outside, and not behind the scenes: No aura of conspiracy, warns Donati who, he says, took as a compass a phrase by Jeffrey Eugenides, read in an interview given to la Lettura in 2015: Readers, escape from evasion!.
The present therefore, and in various narrative forms (not only non-fiction but also civil fiction, explains Donati, in the wake of greats such as Corrado Stajano). But Fuoriscena also looks to the past, if what she tells can involve us and have a lively impact on today: the first title, in bookshops on 3 October, Mai pi Vajont. 1963/2023, a story that still speaks to us. Sixty years after the disaster – it was 9 October 1963 -, two signatures of Italian journalism, Paolo Di Stefano, special correspondent of the Corriere, and Riccardo Iacona, host of Presadiretta (Rai3), return to an affair in which, Donati notes, everything was already there today: The climate emergency, the logic of profit, the lack of care for the territory. A lesson for the present, with the added value of pieces by the greats who followed the story (among others, Buzzati, Bocca, Montanelli).
Native and classic texts re-proposed to tell the story of our time and not simply for their archaeological value: on 17 October Fuoriscena brings back to bookstores the Manifesto of the Fascist Intellectuals by Giovanni Gentile and the Manifesto of the Anti-Fascist Intellectuals by Benedetto Croce, with the premises of Alessandra Tarquini and Giovanni Scirocco. The knot, the relationship between intellectuals and power.
The third issue (Political Economy, from 7 November) brings us back to current events: the author Clara Mattei, an Italian scholar who teaches at the New School in New York, has her first title written in Italian after the international success of The Capital Order published last year by Chicago University Press and currently being translated in 11 countries (in Italy published by Einaudi with the title Operation Austerit. How economists paved the way for fascism). Following, Francesca Albanese, UN special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, will talk about the human rights situation in Israel/Palestine.
Among the authors on the calendar, Marco Grasso, professor of political and economic geography at the Bicocca in Milan, will deal with the climate emergency (with Sabina Zambon), Giuliano Turone, the magistrate who, with Gherardo Colombo, discovered P2, will return with new documents to recount the neo-fascist massacres in a volume with a preface by Benedetta Tobagi. Tiziana Ferrario will publish a social novel set in Milan in the early twentieth century. Another feature of Fuoriscena will be the recovery of unobtainable books, books that are no longer available but which still have something to say. the case of Pulitzer Thomas Powers with his Heisenberg’s War, with a preface by Stefania Maurizi, which tells the parallel story to Oppenheimer’s Manhattan Project.
The first two titles to be released
Fuoriscena debuts on October 3rd with Mai pi Vajont. 1963/2023 by Paolo Di Stefano and Riccardo Iacona (pp. 224, in bookstores €16.50, on newsstands €14.50 plus the price of the newspaper). Subsequently, on 17 October the two Manifestos by Giovanni Gentile and Benedetto Croce will be released in a single volume, with the introductions by Alessandra Tarquini and Giovanni Scirocco.
September 21, 2023 (modified September 21, 2023 | 9.53 pm)
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