Turin Book Fair, books sales significantly growing, the case of the novel Affaire Casati Stampa

Turin Book Fair, the lockdown brought people closer to books and reading says Dario Franceschini, Head of the Education Department in Italy. Online book sales significantly improve, the interesting case of the novel L’Affaire Casati Stampa, released in full lockdown, which achieved record sales numbers in a few months. 

“It is an important moment for the publishing sector, with great authors and large investments. We are also completing the process of approving a law for the promotion of books and reading, which will support the entire supply chain “, declares the head of the Education Department in Italy, Dario Franceschini, at the opening of the Turin Book Fair.

“The data concerning the publishing sector are comforting – added Franceschini – and, in particular, the lockdown season has brought people closer to books, reading and cultural consumption, I expect great growth”.

Confirming these words, the data on book sales in Italy are growing and in particular there is a sharp upward surge in online book sales. The lockdown certainly acted as a driving force, initiating this phase of change and greater public attention in favor of cultural products.

A significant case is the novel L’Affaire Casati Stampa by Davide Amante, released in full lockdown in the first days of March 2021 and which a year later achieves very important sales results, almost half a million copies in 10 months and almost entirely paper edition sold online. The author, whose novels are translated into different languages, observed that such significant numbers usually take a longer time, especially in Italy and that the lockdown period has accelerated sales and renewed interest in literature. It should be noted that “L’Affaire Casati Stampa”, by strategic choice of the author and publisher, is only available in the printed version and not in the digital version, therefore all the data refer to sales through the online channel of the printed edition.

Source: CulturesMag

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L’Affaire Casati Stampa, Davide Amante

Davide Amante’s latest novel is the protagonist of the event Bookcity Milano 2021

Davide Amante’s novel, released in February 2021, has already exceeded 300,000 copies in a few months and was presented in one of the author’s rare appearances at Bookcity Milano 2021. Davide Amante talked about the nonconformist and dramatic love story between Anna Fallarino and the Marquis Camillo Casati Stampa.

Davide Amante retraces the details of a complex investigation into the life of an exceptional couple, in a novel written in a fast and compelling style. The novel is currently only available in Italian.

It is immediately clear that this is not so much an investigation into the legal matter, although this is represented in its entirety and with precision by the author, but that it is above all an investigation into the darkest aspects of the human soul. Thus, the narrative path exploring a love relation to its extreme limit.

The novel investigates a love story that caused a scandal in the late 1960s and ended tragically, so much so that it was defined by the main magazines of the time as the greatest Italian scandal. The Marquis Casati Stampa, one of the best known and richest families in Milan falls in love with a beautiful Anna Fallarino, 13 years younger than him. The two will start a voyeuristic and passionate relationship that will end with a murder-suicide out of jealousy.

In the words of the author: ‘I go searching for the human soul and it is in despair, in madness, in the most unconventional stories that you find the great breath of life’.
L’Affaire Casati Stampa was the protagonist at BookCity Milano, the 10 day event dedicated to books and reading that this year celebrates its first ten years. Over 1,400 meetings throughout the city of Milan and over 260 locations, as well as online meetings and webinars.

Davide Amante was born in Milan in 1970. In addition to L’Affaire Casati Stampa (2021) he published Il Guardiano delle Stelle – the journey of Anais together with the wind (2019) translated into six countries, Il Dossier Wallenberg (2016) of which the ‘US edition is about to become a film, Altair (2014) the best-selling sea and travel novel in Italy.

The Casati Stampa Affaire
140 pages
ISBN 9788894315646