Everybody’s Right
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Everybody’s Right

Translated from the original Italian by Antony Shugaar
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Born on the streets and born singing, Tony Pagoda has had his day. But what a day it was!
He had fame, money, women, and talent. He spent his golden years entertaining a flourishing and garishly happy Italy. His success stretched over borders and across the seas. But somewhere things began to go awry, the public’s tastes in music first and foremost. His band is now a shadow of its former self and his life is fraught with mundane but infuriating complications. It’s time to make a clean break with the past. Following a brief tour in Brazil, Tony decides to decamp and make a life for himself in South America. Here, his hyper-developed and very peculiar vision of the world, irreversibly shaped by those years in which he hobnobbed with Sinatra and enjoyed the adoration of audiences the world over, is under assault. Now that he has abandoned music the world strikes him as a barren place that is completely at odds with his understanding of it. Tony’s story is the story of a worldwizened but yet strangely naive man forced to reconcile with life or lose himself entirely.

Told in a breathless, irreverent first person voice that is as original as any in contemporary literature, Everybody’s Right is the debut novel from one of Italy’s most compelling and singular creative minds. Paolo Sorrentino, known principally as the director of movies considered to be among the finest examples of cinematic art by any Italian filmmaker in recent decades, here proves himself to be an equally formidable novelist.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Paolo
Sorrentino

Paolo Sorrentino’s feature film directing debut came in 2001 with One Man Up, winner of the Nastro D’Argento for best young director. He achieved international recognition in 2004 for his stylish thriller, The Consequences of Love, nominated for the Palme D’Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Sorrentino’s most recent film is Il Divo (Prix du Jury at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival).

This Must Be the Place, the story of a wealthy middle-aged rock star, will mark Sorrentino’s English-language feature debut and stars two-time academy award winner Sean Penn. It will be released in 2011.

Everybody’s Right, nominated for Italy’s most prestigious literary award, The Strega, is Sorrentino’s first novel.

Paolo Sorrentino’s feature film directing debut came in 2001 with One Man Up, winner of the Nastro D’Argento for best young director. He achieved international recognition in 2004 for his stylish thriller, The Consequences of Love, nominated for the Palme D’Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Sorrentino’s most recent film is Il Divo (Prix du Jury at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival).

This Must Be the Place, the story of a wealthy middle-aged rock star, will mark Sorrentino’s English-language feature debut and stars two-time academy award winner Sean Penn. It will be released in 2011.

Everybody’s Right, nominated for Italy’s most prestigious literary award, The Strega, is Sorrentino’s first novel.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Antony
Shugaar

Antony Shugaar is a writer and translator from Italian and French. He’s translated dozens of articles for the New York Review of Books and close to forty novels for Europa Editions. He has translated many novels that were awarded Italy’s highest literary award, the Strega Prize (the 2011 winner, Edoardo Nesi’s Story of My People,  Resistance Is Futile, by Walter Siti [2013], Francesco Piccolo’s Wanna Be Like Everyone [2104], Ferocity, by Nicola Lagioia [2015], and the 2016 winner, The Catholic School, by Edoardo Albinati).

Antony Shugaar is a writer and translator from Italian and French. He’s translated dozens of articles for the New York Review of Books and close to forty novels for Europa Editions. He has translated many novels that were awarded Italy’s highest literary award, the Strega Prize (the 2011 winner, Edoardo Nesi’s Story of My People,  Resistance Is Futile, by Walter Siti [2013], Francesco Piccolo’s Wanna Be Like Everyone [2104], Ferocity, by Nicola Lagioia [2015], and the 2016 winner, The Catholic School, by Edoardo Albinati).

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

The first novel of a famous film maker, Paolo Sorrentino. The narrative’s experimental, its plot helter-skelter, its morals and mores cynical, its point of view limited to  a highly singular narrator. This newcomer based art starts off, impressively, with a riot of language.

Everybody’s Right is an extraordinary debut novel that displays Sorrentino’s imaginative power and gift for the satire as a novelist.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
01/03/2011
Country
Italy
Original Language
Italian
Publisher
Europa Editions
Translator
Antony Shugaar
Translation
Translated from the original Italian by Antony Shugaar

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