Wednesday 08 June, 19:30

"Que empiece la fiesta" by Niccolò Ammaniti

Book launch

The Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB), Anagrama and Angle Editorial are pleased to announce the launch of the book Que empiece la fiesta (Anagrama, 2011) / Que comenci la festa (Angle Editorial, 2011), which was published in Italian as Che la Festa Cominci and is to appear in English as Let the Party Begin, published by Canongate. The author, Niccolò Ammaniti, will speak at the event, along with Pau Vidal, writer and translator of Italian authors including Camilleri, Tabucchi and Erri de Luca.

Niccolò Ammaniti (Roma 1966) is the outstanding Italian literary figure of his generation. Translated into 44 languages, he has been widely praised by critics and has received such prestigious prizes as the Strega and Viarregio awards. With Que empiece la fiesta, Ammaniti humorously captures the many vices and scant virtues of present-day society through the story of a rich builder of Rome who decides to organise the biggest party of recent times. Nothing is left at the end but the remains of an inane, spent culture that is incapable of seeing its own decline and fall.