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Down and Out in England and Italy

Alberto Prunetti



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Scribe Publications
02 November 2021
A wry, filthy, and unputdownable look at class and national identity today.

Alberto Prunetti arrives in the UK, the twenty-something year old son of a Tuscan factory worker who has never left home before. With only broken English, his wits, and an obsession with the work of George Orwell to guide him, he sets about looking for a job and navigating his new home.

In between slaving in pizzerias and cleaning toilets up and down the country, he finds his place among the British precariat. His comrades form a polyglot underclass, among them an ex-addict cook, a cleaner in love with opera, an elderly Shakespearean actor, Turks impersonating Neapolitans to serve pizzas, and a cast of petty criminals 'resting' between bigger jobs.

Stuck between a past haunted by Thatcher and a future dominated by Brexit, Down and Out in England and Italy is a hilarious and poignant snapshot of life on the margins in modern day Britain.

'A hallucinatory and savage account of modern working life. Both surreal and instantly recognisable.' -Jeff Sparrow, author of No Way But This and Trigger Warnings

'Raw, mischievous, funny, and vulgar ... engaging.' -John Mulqueen, Irish Examiner

'Alberto Prunetti's scatalogical, sociological, phantasmagorical, novel Down and Out in England in Italy might have George Orwell spinning in his grave and chuckling in recognition at the kitchen workers, toilet cleaners, and children of miners and steel workers ... A deep poignancy here too.' -Anthony Cartwright, author of How I Killed Margaret Thatcher
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   200g
ISBN:   9781922310613
ISBN 10:   1922310611
Pages:   160
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alberto Prunetti (Author) Alberto Prunetti was born in a Tuscan steel town in 1973. A former pizza chef, cleaner, and handyman, he is also the author of five novels and has translated works by George Orwell, Angela Davis, David Graeber, and many others. Since 2018 he has directed the Working Class books series for the publisher Edizioni Alegre. Down and Out in England and Italy won the Ultima Frontiera Award and was a finalist for the Biella Literature and Industry Prizes.

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