Schede di lettura

Per sette anni ho lavorato (anche) come lettore per Garzanti, valutando proposte editoriali in inglese, tedesco, francese e italiano, alla ricerca di titoli che valesse la pena di tradurre. Lo stesso lavoro ho fatto anche per altri editori, ma saltuariamente.

Tra l´allora direttore editoriale di Garzanti e me c´era una notevole sintonia, che mi permetteva di bocciare i libri senza dover dare troppe spiegazioni. La stessa sintonia avevo con l´allora caporedattore. Entrambi fanno oggi tutt´altro.

Ho letto e recensito a uso interno un migliaio di volumi. Purtroppo tra dischetti persi, schede non salvate, hard disk andati a remengo, sono sopravvissute solo circa duecentocinquanta schede, che propongo qui.

Nelle schede su manoscritti italiani ho modificato il nome dell´autore, che non si sa mai con le menate della privacy, e poi magari ci resta male.

(Caricamento schede in corso, 22.11.2015).

AA.VV. – [Senza titolo – Raccolta di testi pubblicati sul sito internet]
Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. with Stan Redding –
Catch Me If You Can
Rhonda Abrams – Wear Clean Underwear! Secrets from Mom for Running a Business
Amir D. Aczel – Probability 1. Why There Must Be Intelligent Life in the Universe
Andreas Albrecht – The Restaurant at the Beginnings of the Universe
Claude Allègre – Dieu face à la science
Stefano Allievi – Gli islamisti. I fondamentalismi nei paesi musulmani
Ladislaus E. Almásy – Schwimmer in der Wüste. Auf der Suche der Oase Zarzura
Benjamin Anastas – An Underachiever’s Diary
Myron Arms – Riddle of the Ice. A Scientific Adventure Into the Arctic

Robert Axelrod – Michael D. Cohen – Harnessing Complexity. Organizational Implications of a Scientific Frontier
Robert Axelrod – The Evolution of Cooperation
Alfred Appel, Jr. – Jazz Modernism. From Ellington and Armstrong to Matisse and Joyce

Alessandra Bagnetti – Eveolution
Tara Bahrampour – To See and See Again. A Life in Iran and America
David Bainbridge – A Visitor Within. The Science of Pregnancy
Dmitri Bakin – Die Wurzeln des Seins
Philippe de Baleine – Conversations sur le ciel
Sandy Balfour – Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose
Robert B. Banks – Slicing Pizzas, Racing Turtles, and Further Adventures in Applied Mathematics
Max Barry – Jennifer Government
Deborah J. Bennett – Randomness
Adinolfo Bereguardo – Il fuoriuscito
Stefan Beuse – Die Nacht der Könige
Tim Birkhead – Promiscuity. An Evolutionary History of Sperm Competition and Sexual Conflict
Elise Blackwell – Life Science
David Blatner – The Flying Book
Jan Bondeson – Buried Alive. The Terrifying History Of Our Most Primal Fear
Jan Bondeson – The London Monster. A Sanguinary Tale
David Boyle – The Sum of Our Discontent. Why Numbers Make Us Irrational
Katy Boynton Payne – Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants
Simon Brooke – Upgrading
Bryan Bunch – The Kingdom of Infinite Number. A Field Guide
Chandler Burr – The Emperor of Scent. A Story of Obsession, Perfume, and The Last Mystery of the Senses

Elof Axel Carlson – The Unfit. A History of a Bad Idea
Franco Carpanello La Foppa – Il caso Mozart
Roberto Casati – Achille C. Varzi – Parts and Places. The Structures of Spatial Representation
John L. Casti – The Cambridge Quintet. A Work of Scientific Speculation
Emanuele Catamarano – I passi falsi della scienza
Napoleon A. Chagnon – The Noble Savage
Bellur Sivaramiah Chandrasekhar – Why Things Are the Way They Are
Matthew Chapman – Trials of the monkey. An accidental memoir. A Darwin goes in search of America and happens upon himself
Georges Charpak – Henri Broch – Devenez sorciers devenez savants
Da Chen – Sounds of the River
Kate Christensen – In the Drink
Martin Clark – The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living
Victoria Clark – The Far Farers
Peter Clement – Mutant. A Medical Thriller
Mark Cocker – Birders. Tales of a Tribe
Luciano Coen – Achille Varzi – Bollicine filosofiche
John M. Coetzee – The Lives of Animals
Rich Cohen – The Avengers. A Jewish War Story
Richard Cohen – By the Sword. A history of gladiators, musketeers, samurai, swashbucklers and Olympic champions
Neil F. Comins – Heavenly Errors. Misconceptions About the Real Nature of the Universe
William Corlett – Now and Then
William Corlett – Two Gentlemen Sharing
George Cooper – Poison Widows. A True Story of Witchcraft, Arsenic, and Murder
Victoria Coren – Charlie Skelton – Once More, With Feeling
John Crewdson – Science Fictions. A Scientific Mistery, A Massive Cover-Up, and the Dark Legacy of Robert Gallo

Kevin Davies – The Sequence. The Quest for Biology’s Holy Grail. Decoding DNA, the Origins of Man, and the Future of Medicine
Paul Davies – How to Build a Time Machine
Marele Day – Lambs of God
Terry D. DeBruyn – Waling with Bears. One Man’s Relationship With Three Generations of Wild Bears
George B. Dyson – Darwin Among the Machines. The Evolution of Global Intelligence

Tony Earley – Jim the Boy
David Eddie – Chump Change
David Edmonds – John Eidinow – Wittgenstein’s Poker. The Story Of A Ten Minute Argument
Dylan Evans – Emotion. The Science of Sentiment

Brian Fagan – From Black Land to Fifth Sun. The Science of Sacred Sites
Nicholas Fearn – Zeno and the Tortoise. How to Think Like a Philosopher
Timothy Findley – Pilgrim
Sheri Fink – The Blood of Warriors. Surgery and Survival in an Emergency War Hospital
Ernst Peter Fischer – Werner Heisenberg. Das selbstvergessene Genie
Ernst Peter Fischer – Leonardo, Heisenberg & Co. Eine kleine Geschichte der Wissenschaft in Porträts
Wolfram Fleischhauer – Die Frau mit den Regenhänden
James Flint – Habitus
Aris Fioretos – Die Seelensucherin
Anne Foerst – Robots and Humans… and God
A.L. Foglietti Cosby – Swan. Una storia vera
Theodor Fontane – I miei anni d’infanzia. Romanzo autobiografico
Brian J. Ford – Sensitive Souls. Senses and Communication in Plants, Animals and Microbes
Anouchka Grose Forrester – Ringing for you
Karin Fossum – Fremde Blicke
Franzobel – Böselkraut und Ferdinand
Franzobel – Scala Santa, oder, Josefine Wurznbachers Höhepunkt
Sigmund Freud – Unser Herz zeigt nach dem Süden. Reisebriefe 1895-1923
Robert R. Frump – Until the Sea Shall Free Them. Life, Death and Survival in the American Merchant Marine

George Gamow – Russell Stannard – The New World of Mr Tompkins
Howard Gardner – The Well Disciplined Mind

Simon Garfield – The last journey of William Huskisson. How a day of triumph became a day of despair at the turn of a wheel
Gale Zoë Garnett – Visible Amazement
The War Journal of Major Damon «Rocky» Gause 
Atul Gawande – Complications. A Young Surgeon’s Notes on Modern Medicine
Janet Gleeson – The Arcanum. The Extraordinary True Story of the Invention of European Porcelain
Marcelo Gleiser – Dancing Universe
Herwig Wolfram – Die Goten und ihre Geschichte
Sue Graham Mingus – Tonight at Noon. A Love Story
Brian Greene – The Elegant Universe. Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
John Gribbin – Almost Everyone’s Guide to Science
Gordon Grice – The Red Hourglass. Lives of the Predators
Henry Grunwald – Twilight. Losing Sight, Gaining Insight

Dean Hamer – Peter Copeland – Living with Our Genes. Why They Matter More Than You Think
Christa Hein – Blick durch den Spiegel
Thomas Hine – I Want That! How We All Became Shoppers
Greg Hollingshead – The Healer
Nicholas Humphrey – The Mind Made Flesh. [Essays from the] Frontiers of Psychology and Evolution

Janette Jenkins – Columbus Day. A Novel

Robert Kaplan – The Nothing That Is. A Natural History of Zero
Walter Keady – Mary McGreevy

Radek Knapp – Herrn Kukas Empfehlungen
Steffen Kopetzky – Grand Tour oder die Nacht der Großen Complication
Elena Kozhina – Through the Burning Steppe. A Memoir

Frollo Laporollo – [su Mozart]
Erik Larson – The Devil in the White City

Pierre Laszlo – L´architecture du vivant
Norman Lebrecht – The Song of Names
Limbo Lucucumeri – L’angelo della morte
Giuseppe Lupi – Loffredo Maffredi – Dialoghi minimi fra un matematico ed un neurobiologo

George MacDonald Fraser – The Pyrates
Eduardo Manet – Maestro!
Udo Marquardt – Spaziergänge mit Sokrates. Große Denker und die kleinen Dinge des Lebens
John C. Mather – John Boslough – The Very First Light. The True Inside Story of the Scientific Back to the Dawn of the Universe
Arthur Mathews – Well-Remembered Days. Eoin O’Ceallaighs Memoir of a Twentieth-Century Catholic Life As Told to A.M.
Giorgio Modigliani – Evoluzione culturale ed evoluzione biologica

Robert Nozick – Socratic Puzzles

Sten Odenwald – Patterns in the Void. Why Nothing Is Important

Charles Palliser – The Unburied
Clive Powell-Williams – Cold Burial. A Journey into the Wilderness

Sylvie Pécot-Douatte – À la recherche d´Edelmann, le musicien guillotiné
Jean-Marie Pelt – La cannelle et le panda
Franco Peramolla – Le streghe del mare
Munroe Price – The Fall of the French Monarchy. Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and the Baron de Breteuil

Louise Rafkin – Other People’s Dirt. A Housecleaner’s Adventures from Cape Cod to Kyoto
Gregor von Rezzori – Mir auf der Spur
Kim Stanley Robinson – Antarctica
Jonathan Rosen – The Talmud and the Internet. A Journey Between Worlds
Joy Deep Roy-Bhattacharaya – The Gabriel Club
Rebecca Rupp – Committed to Memory. How We Remember and Why We Forget

Louis Sarno – Last Thoughts While Vanishing
Dietrich Schwanitz – Bildung. Alles, was man wissen muss
Eric Scigliano – Love, War, and Circuses. The Age-Old Relationship Between Elephants and Humans
Richard Sennett – Respect in a World of Inequality
Bernard Sève – L’altération musicale. Ou ce que la musique apprend au philosophe
Roger Shattuck – Proust’s Way. A Field Guide to «In Search Of Lost Time»
Christopher Shaw – Sacred Monkey River. A Canoe Trip with the Gods
Ben Sherwood – The Man Who Ate the 747
Peter Spiegelman – Black Maps
Mark Spitz – Milan Since the Miracle. City, Culture and Identity
Gerhard Staguhn – Tierliebe. Eine einseitige Beziehung
Wladyslaw Szpilman, Das wunderbare Überleben. Warschauer Erinnerungen 1939 bis 1945

Paolo Tarallo – La leggenda di Nascinguerra (l’uomo a cui fu sottratta l’anima)
Ian Tattersal – Becoming Human. Evolution and Human Uniqueness
Alemanno Telemetro – I creatori di scintille
Studs Terkel – Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith
Philip M. Tierno, Jr. – The Secret Life of Germs. Observations and Lessons From a Microbe Hunter

Betty Alexandra Toole, Ed.D – Ada. The Enchantress of Numbers. Prophet of the Computer Age
Aleksander Topolski – Without Vodka
Annie Tremmel Wilcox – A Degree of Mastery. A Journey through Book Arts Apprenticeship
Jean-Michel Truong – Totalement inhumaine
Tashi Tsering – [Autobiografia]
Robert Twigger – Big Snake

Irina Usoskin – Boris Gamburg – Family Physics. Principles

Eliot S. Valenstein – Blaming the Brain. The Truth About Drugs and Mental Health
Aglaja Veteranyi – Warum das Kind in der Polenta kocht
Marq de Villiers – Sheila Hirtle – Sahara. A Natural History of the Greatest Desert on Earth
Ray Vukcevich – The Man of Maybe Half-a-Dozen Faces

Ingeborg Waldschmidt – Maria Montessori. Leben und Werk
Birgit Vanderbeke – Alberta empfängt einen Liebhaber
Peter Wapneski – Tristan der Held Richard Wagners
Sarah Waters – Affinity
Duncan J. Watts – Six Degrees. The Science of a Connected Age
Peter Weber – Silber und Salbader
Leon Weckstein – Through My Eyes. 91st Infantry Division in the Italian Campaign. 1942-1945
Gavin Weightman – The Frozen Water Trade
Allen Wheelis – The Listener. A Psychoanalyst Examines His Life
Colson Whitehead – The Intuitionist
Robert Whiting – Tokyo Underworld. The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan
Eric P. Widmaier – Why Geese Don’t Get Obese [and we do]. How Evolution’s Strategies for Survival Affect Our Everyday Lives
Sam Williams – Arguing A.I. The Battle for Twenty-first-Century Science
Don Winslow – California Fire and Life
Steven Wise – Rattling the Cage
Michael Wolff – Burn Rate. How I Survived the Gold Rush Years on the Internet
Richard Wolfson – Simply Einstein. Relativity Demystified
John Woodhouse – Gabriele D’Annunzio. Defiant Archangel
Adrian Woolfson – Life Without Genes
Benjamin Woolley – The Bride of Science. Romance, Reason and Byron’s Daughter
Simon Worrall – The Poet and the Murderer
Theodore Vrettos – Alexandria. City of the Western Mind
Ann Wroe – Pilate. The biography of an invented man

Irvin D. Yalom – Momma and the Meaning of Life

Richard Zacks – The Pirate Hunter. The True Story of Captain Kidd
Carl Zimmer – At the Water’s Edge. The Macroevolution of Life
Carl Zimmer – Parasite Rex. Inside the Bizarre World of Nature’s Most Dangerous Creatures