Tullio Avoledo: L’elenco telefonico di Atlantide [The Atlantis Telephone Directory]

The latest addition to my website is Tullio Avoledo‘s L’elenco telefonico di Atlantide [The Atlantis Telephone Directory]. The story is about Giulio Avoledo, a lawyer with a regional bank in North-East Italy. He has various problems. The bank is being taken over by a larger bank, Bancalleanza, and he may lose his job. His marriage has problems. The flat where he lives is below a flat owned by a drunk and heroin addict who makes so much noise all night long that Giulio’s wife and young son have gone to live with her mother. Things get worse when there are strange goings-on in his building and he is told of a massive conspiracy, involving Bancalleanza, Egyptian gods, an alternative past, his building and its inhabitants, his HR officer and, inevitably, Nazis. Much of it is very much tongue-in-cheek, with Avoledo mocking conspiracy theories and Giulio proving to be a smarter adversary than his enemies anticipated. Sadly, the book has not been translated into any other language.

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