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A Story Of Riches, Revolution And Violent Death

Carlo Feltrinelli

Published: 2 May 2013
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 480 pages
ISBN: 9781862075399


Giangiacomo Feltrinelli was one of the most arresting and characterful international publishers of his generation, yet he died violently, as a member of an ultr-left group attempting to blow up an electricity pylon. Born into enormous wealth, he found himself equally attracted to great books and workers' rights. Feltrinelli sponsored two great post-war novels - Boris Pasternak's Dr Zhivago and The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa. He also published Saul Bellow, Che Guevara, Borges, Doris Lessing and Jack Kerouac in Italy. Despite the attentions of the KGB, Pasternak smuggled his manuscript out of the USSR to Feltrinelli, who then saw to it the the book was published worldwide, and the passionate editor's intricate, censor-duping correspondence with the besieged writer is relayed in this memoir, in which Feltrinelli's son Carlo looks back over his father's life.

About the author

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Carlo Feltrinelli lives in Milan, where he runs the family publishing house and a chain of bookshops. This is his first book. More about the author

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