San Donato Milanese (Milan), March 3 2011 – Ten novels representing the cream of Italy’s literary tradition, with the added attractions of a well-known author’s preface and vintage graphics, is the formula behind the Romanzi d’Italia initiative promoted by Eni and presented by Paolo Mieli with Bur Rizzoli. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, the Romanzi d’Italia series of great nineteenth-century Italian novels forms a sort of ideal library to help people understand a crucial period in history: Le ultime lettere di Iacopo Ortis by Ugo Foscolo (with a preface by Paolo Mieli), Le mie prigioni by Silvio Pellico (Luciano Canfora), I promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni (Andrea Riccardi), Le confessioni d’un italiano Ippolito Nievo (Sergio Romano), I Malavoglia by Giovanni Verga (Gustavo Zagrebelsky), Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (Giovanni Belardelli), Cuore by Edmondo De Amicis (Pierluigi Battista), Il piacere by Gabriele D’Annunzio (Angelo Panebianco), I Viceré by Federico De Roberto (Giovanni Sabbatucci) and Piccolo Mondo Antico by Antonio Fogazzaro (Ernesto Galli Della Loggia). Each volume is sold for 12 Euros.
From now on, 60 thousand extracts from the books (booklets containing the introductory essay and the first chapter of the book) will be distributed free of charge in Eni Energy stores all over the country and in a selection of Eni cafés.
Eni Energy stores are a networkof more than 200 shops all over the country offering services such as sale of Eni gas and electricity as well as installation and maintenance of heating, cooking and climate control systems. The 500 Eni cafès make up Italy’s biggest chain of roadside cafés on the country’s roads (not motorways), now essential landmarks for many drivers.