The Temptation to Be Happy

Pages: 256
Subject: Fiction, Translated Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

The Temptation to Be Happy

Lorenzo Marone

Translated by Shaun Whiteside
A darkly comic, heart-warming tale of a septuagenarian rediscovering love and life in Naples
9781786072887 (5 Oct 2017)
RRP £12.99

The Book

Cesare is a seventy-seven-year-old widower and cynical troublemaker. He has lived his whole life by his own rules and has no intention of changing now. Aside from an intermittent fling with a nurse called Rossana, he spends his days avoiding the old cat lady next door and screening calls from his children.

But when the enigmatic Emma moves in next door with her strange and sinister husband, Cesare suspects there is more to their relationship than meets the eye. He enlists the other residents to help him investigate and soon discovers a new and unexpected sense of purpose that leads him to risk everything for a future he had never thought possible.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction, Translated Fiction
Pages 256
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Lorenzo Marone was born in 1974. Originally trained as a lawyer, he gave up his career to follow his passion for writing. He lives in Naples with his wife and son.

Shaun Whiteside's translations from Italian include books by Tiziano Scarpa, Paolo Giordano, Melissa Panarello and Luther Blissett/Wu Ming Collective. He lives in London.


'Lorenzo Marone is the new voice that literature needs'

- Corriere della Sera

‘A wonderful novel about ageing - ironic and light-footed'

- Italien Magazin

‘A toast to real happiness!' 

- La Stampa

‘A book that touches the heart...wonderfully honest, ingenious, quick and tragic.'

- Siegener Zeitung

'An unforgettable novel set in Naples'

- Corriere della Sera

‘Comical and cynical while remaining tender and dramatic'

- Corriere della Sera

‘This novel owes its success largely to Lorenzo Marone's wonderful character Cesare Annunziata, and to the funny and paradoxical fact that this is an excellent coming-of-age novel whose protagonist is over 70 years old'

- Il Mattino

‘Comic, ironic, sarcastic descriptions that will make you smile but will also make you take a deep look at life in old age'

- Wochenspiegel