The journalist Giovanni Dorigo went to live in England with his wife after ruining himself with horse races. There he found a job in the newspaper La Gazzetta Nera
, founded by an eccentric and rich woman, which collected the stories of people who were sentenced to death. Therefore, he came to contact with familiar murders, especially within partners. All were tragic events similar to one another, where women decided to put an end to a disastrous relationship with the resentment of an existential dissatisfaction, and men proved themselves weak, desperate and incapable of accepting grief and abandonment. The cases dealt with by Gazzetta
soon began to influence the obscure relationship between Giovanni and his wife, who were experiencing a crisis that could potentially lead them to a fatal end. Arrived to the edge of the precipice, they eventually found the will to understand each other and keep on living together.
Lack of communication is the most modern theme in these intense and disquieting pages, published for the first time by Bompiani in 1943: incompatibility between partner’s results in a huge distance between man and woman, a distance becoming hatred and laying the ground to murder. Piovene describes with mastery the weakness and fear of the human soul, in a walk on the border between good and evil, which represents one of the most successful examples of the 20th century Italian fiction.PDF format