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Mondiali.it hosts the Limerick bookshop in its space, in via de ‘Menabuoi 4 in Padua. Marta and Grazia recommend three readings and we discuss them together:
– “Arpad Weisz and the Littoriale” by Matteo Matteucci; –
“Zlatan: A journey where the myth begins” by Paolo Castaldi;
– “Wild Days” by William Finnegan | 66thand2nd Editore
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And why this name
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Arpad Weisz and the Littoriale

Bologna, 1938. A team that gives emotions, a stadium among the best in Europe, a city that rejoices, dreams, smiles at the future. A coach and his family, arrived in an Italy that recognizes talent and wants to grow. Then, suddenly, the gray on the horizon. The dull smiles, the low gazes; contempt. It’s time to go. You can not go back. And in an instant, happiness is a distant memory, more and more faded. The afternoons on the pitch with the team, the encouragement in the locker room on Sunday mornings, the away matches, the games won and those lost, the successes that lead to the top, the strategies devised while walking in via Saragozza on the way home: all canceled. Deleted the names on the bell in via Valeriani, those of the children on the school register; the plans, the desires, the hopes are canceled; wiped out a man and his life. A man who one day is forced to get on a train does not know where to go. Together with him many other lives canceled by hatred. The destination is a terrifying one, and there is no return.
Arpad Weisz (Solt, Hungary, 1896 – Auschwitz, Poland, 1944), was the Hungarian Jewish coach who from 1935 to 1938 led the Bologna football team to win the Scudetto and the prestigious Tournament Cup twice in a row. Exhibition in Paris in 1937. The tables of Matteo Matteucci’s volume “Arpad Weisz e il Littoriale” (Bologna, Minerva 2016), exhibited in original or graphically reproduced, tell the football and historical events of the period between the 1920s and the Forty in the Bologna area. It starts with the inauguration of the stadium in 1926, with the presence of Mussolini and ends with the years in which the Bologna team, at the time winning in Italy and in Europe, is led by the Hungarian Arpad Weisz.
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Zlatan: A journey where the myth begins
You can take the boy out of the ghetto, but not the ghetto from the boy
Rosengard is one of the very few ghetto neighborhoods in Sweden. According to some, the most dangerous. Turks, Arabs, Poles, Maghrebi. There is the whole “old continent”, the whole Mediterranean, there. Thousands of people have searched for a possible future along the Amiralsgatan, the main thoroughfare of the Malmo district. A future for them and their loved ones. And once upon a time … even a little boy of Slavic origins, introverted and restless, chasing his piece of destiny. He lived on the fourth floor of Cronmansvag 5C and his name was Zlatan Ibrahimovic. For the people of there, for the people of Rosengard, for the people of him, simply “Zlatan”. Why not Ibrahimovic draws on paper the youthful years of the champion we all know today, those who have formed his edgy and rebellious character, too many times, too superficially, compared to the word “arrogance”. A travel-reportage through the streets of Rosengard that shows the young (but already very tall) Ibrahimovic in search of his chance, of his redemption from a difficult life spent between the neighborhood fields and his father’s house, where the refrigerator is always too much empty and the war in Yugoslavia always too present.
Paolo Castaldi imposed himself with the graphic novel Diego Armando Maradona, with whom he told in comics one of the myths of football. Among his other works, published in various countries of the world, Etenesh, the odyssey of a migrant, Gian Maria Volonte (based on a screenplay by Gianluigi Pucciarelli), Pugni (together with Boris Battaglia) and Allen Mayer. To the activity of cartoonist, Castaldi joins that of storyboard designer, which led him to collaborate with the studio of Bruno Bozzetto. For Feltrinelli Comics he published Zlatan. A journey where the myth begins (2018).

Wild Days

For many, surfing is just a sport. For the surfer it is a philosophy of life, “a way” in search of oneself. William Finnegan began challenging the ocean god as a boy, in California and Hawaii. Wild days and the story of a life spent chasing the most beautiful waves on five continents, from Polynesia to Australia, from Madeira to South Africa, from Fiji to Madagascar. It is the diary of an obsession, an extraordinary adventure novel, and finally an initiatory journey into the secrets of an exact art – surfing -, which is the key to exploring life. The surfer always has in front of him a horizon that attracts and terrifies: in the sea everything is connected to the others. “Waves are your playground,” Finnegan writes, “they are the object of your desires and of your deepest adoration.” But at the same time I’m your opponent, your mortal enemy, your nemesis. 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner
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