Margaret Nani, the young author of the novel “The guest. The anatomy of Joseph Mengele” edited by Brioschi was Saturday protagonist 11 May at the Turin Book Fair. The novel, a fictionalized biography of Josef Mengele, Nazi criminal doctor who had a habit of injecting phenol in the heart of his patients, then on the run from Auschwitz to the heart of Brazil, He was presented by the prize founder Giorgio Albonico and Francesco Cevasco former curator of the cultural pages of the “Corriere della Sera”, which is an influential member of the jury “City of Como”. The work of the young Roman writer, as soon as 19 age, It won the unpublished section for fiction edition of 2018.
Faced with a wide audience the author, student who has already completed his second novel and is engaged with the third, It illustrated the long historical research that is the basis of the story dedicated to the angel of the Nazi death and its terrible experiments in eugenics, who died in 1979 namely 40 Years ago. “I started writing this book to 16 years and I've read everything that is available in the historical essays on the figure of Mengele, and films about his affair. The Israeli secret service was on the monster tracks and was about to capture it, but he was engaged in a more urgent task and lost track of him”. At the center of the story is narrated by the author Pia, Brazilian teenager who is attracted by the charm of the mysterious stranger come in 1955 in a village in the heart of Brazil. A man whose evil defies comprehension. The darkness and the banality of evil are outlined in this novel in all their cruelty. “In this book, much is told from the women, and each of the female characters I put something about me – said the author in Turin – especially in Pia, the young protagonist. And I tried to faithfully reconstruct the scenarios and settings”. “I defy anyone to question the historical veracity of the reported – said Francesco Cevasco – there is no trace of defects or errors in this novel that is based on accurate documentation of historical data and archival”. “This book of mine, however, wants to be a reflection on the evil that can also affect those not interested in the events while the Nazi-hunting adventure in South America, It is a human story of being human. When I started studying the history of Mengele I felt pain and disgust, but I also learned to go forward and to face the evil, the thing that interested me were studying the experiences of survivors of Mengele's experiments” said the author in Turin, even in a crowded salon of controversy after the exclusion of the publisher Altaforte nearby Casa Pound and nostalgic for fascism.