In 2030 Florence is a vantage point from where one can observe a completely changed world: political balances have been altered, the right to vote has been restricted and must be earned through socially useful actions, people are controlled by microchips implanted under their skin.
In this futuristic scenario the story of Guelfo takes place. His love for Francesca, the love between her parents, Giovanni and Laura, the relationship of intellectual affinity between Guelfo and Giovanni: these are some of the junctions of the most usual yet unfathomable path, that of the life (and therefore of the death) of everyone. Thus, we follow the characters in their pursuit of the meaning of things, of their deepest passions, of their place in the world. And even of their own identity, if "being Florentine is a state of mind. It is an innate sense of grace and measure".
“A book inside other books. And there is Florence, where the characters sail suspended between imaginary and real, between the ambiguity of life and the desire to die, but always rediscovering the positive foundations of themselves and of the world”.
“A humanistic story that focuses on man as a three-dimensional being, considering the past as memory, the future as hope, the present as attention. Cuore di carta by Riccardo Zucconi has also a philosophical merit: without discovering anything new, it allows people to find out what they didn’t know they knew”.
1st Italian edition: March 1998
Reprints: September 1998, March 2003, November 2008
2nd Italian edition: October 2013
Reprints: April 2015, February 2018
1st Brazilian edition: Coração de papel, Editora Record, Rio de Janeiro 2004 (translation: Eliana Aguiar)
1st English edition: Paper Heart, Mauro Pagliai, Florence, July 2015 (translation: Aelmuire Helen Cleary)
Reprints: February 2018, December 2018