Title : STORIA DI CRISTO
Author : Giovanni Papini
Date of Issue : November 2007
Twenty-two years since its last edition, Vallecchi brings back to bookstores the most translated book of the Italian early twentieth century. One of the «most exciting books» ever written on the figure of Christ, as pope Benedict XVI recently underlined in his Jesus of Nazareth. Published for the first time in 1921 and reprinted several times up to 1985, the “book of redemption” by the most irreverent author of the Italian twentieth century has enjoyed planetary success from the very beginning, and has indeed been translated into twenty-five languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and even Esperanto. Its reappearance today is not only a well-merited tribute and a reason of pride for Vallecchi, publisher that printed his greatest and most significant works, but also and especially, a confirmation of the thesis at the basis of this timeless work. In the notes to the reader, Papini wrote: «Christ is always alive in us. There are still those who love him and those who hate him». This unexpected act of faith of Papini the atheist came as quite a surprise in 1921. Today, some eighty years after its first publication, the text remains a classic that no library can do without.
Giovanni Papini (1881-1956) was the spearhead writer of the Italian early twentieth century, author of masterpieces including Un uomo finito (1912). He founded and directed the greatest journals of the past century, such as Leonardo and Lacerba, both issued in anastatic reprints by Vallecchi, respectively in 2003 and 2001.
Cardinal Ennio Antonelli is the archbishop of Florence. He holds a degree in the classics and has taught literature, art history and theology.
Giorgio Luti is professor emeritus of the University of Florence. Authoritative expert in Italian literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, he has authored many critical essays on the subject.