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.