Life and adventures of Salvatore Messana. With a narrative of the manner in which he was a thief, sinner, adulterer, sailor, gangster, militant of the extreme left, swindler and, finally, a “specialist in getting sacked” who amassed a large fortune.
Gianni Giovannelli was born in Ferrara in 1949. An attorney, he lives and works in Milan. He has published Svaraj Gandharva (Bianca e Volta, Milan, 1982; second edition: Tranchida, Milan, 1986); Confessioni di un uomo malvagio (Tranchida, 1988); and, under the pseudonym Palmiro, Lettera al Giudice Forno (Machina Libri, Milan, 1981) and Poesie dalla latitanza (C.T.A., Milan, 1982).
 English in the French translation. The original Italian edition uses the word rapinatore (“robber”).