Indecent Acts in a Private Place

Original title: Atti osceni in luogo privato

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Italian | Feltrinelli


Literary Fiction

Indecent Acts in a Private Place

Original title: Atti osceni in luogo privato

  • 2 Seas Represents: Dutch rights.
  • Rights sold: Germany (Klett-Cotta), France (Payot & Rivages), Spain (Salamandra), Sweden (Contempo), Slovenia (Cankarjeva Založba), Serbia (Rende), Film (Fandago Movies)
  • Over 150,000 copies sold
  • Full French and German translation available
  • Won the International Mondello Literary Prize with a double award: Super Mondello 2015 and Mondello Giovani ( 2015), shortlisted for The Bridge Award (2016).


“A writer of excellence”. — Emmanuel Carrère

“It’s a really great book, which has subjugated me with its wideness and its tone. An amazing wise simplicity.” — Annie Ernaux

“This book has everything, that is a vitality, a nouvelle vague-style youth, where the trivial somehow dignifies or justifies the emotion.” — Olivier Mony, Livres Hebdo

“Atti osceni in luogo privato is one of the greatest Italian novels of all times”. — Corriere della Sera

“Atti osceni in luogo privato is a novel of absolute beauty that overturns all levels of hierarchy of the Italian literature. At the age of thirty-four Marco Missiroli has become the writer of reference we won’t be able to do without”. — Antonio D’Orrico – Sette

Atti osceni in luogo privato is the 2015 revelation, a masterpiece that has entered right away the canon of contemporary Italian literature. The novel has been defined a ‘Bildungsroman’ and is a blend of sweetness, irony, melancholy, eroticism and sexuality.

Libero Marsell is twelve years old when he encounters the disruptive power of love and Eros. Deeply hurt after his parents’ separation he plunges into the world of adults with the intention to experience and understand it in its entirety. Women and books are on his side throughout his development path between Paris, Milan and New York: Albert Camus, Vladimir Nabokov, Ernest Hemingway and, above all, his mother, Marie the librarian (his muse and confidante), but also the sensual Lunette, the unfaithful Frida and, finally, Anna.

Libero Marsell is an unmitigated and unique character in the Italian literary scene. Atti osceni in luogo privato is a story of growth, maturity, intelligence, love, passion and death, a novel that teaches life lessons and freedom of feelings. Marco Missiroli knows how to tell about men, about their secret rituals, their thoughts on women and their desire for candor.

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