Rights sold to Germany (C. Bertelsmann)
Italian language rights reserved
The title of this books which combines autobiography with philosophical reflections (following in the footsteps of Marzano’s magnificent earlier book, Légère comme un papillon), comes from a verse of Emily Dickinson’s: That Love is all there is, is all we know of Love. This demonstrates the simplicity and complexity of attempting to define love, through its presence and its absence.
From the search for Prince Charming (an unreachable ideal) to an acceptance of the human limitations of love, from childhood desire to endless analyses of the absence of love that sometimes informs our shaky emotional lives, from motherhood to narcissism, Michela Marzano forms her own concept which reflects our universal experience: “We are still alone with our fears. Alone with another list, and it too is endless, full of unanswered questions. This time it’s different. Because even if I lose everything, I won’t lose myself. Nor the will to start over. Nor the conviction that never again will anyone take away who I am, even if afterwards I’m destroyed by the darkness.”
Born in Rome in 1970, Michela Marzano is a professor of philosophy at Paris-Descartes and has been a deputy in the Italian parliament since February 2013. She is a brilliant essayist, the author amongst others of Extension du domaine de la manipulation (Grasset, 2008), Le contrat de défiance (Grasset, 2012), and the autobiographical narrative, Légère comme un papillon (Grasset, 2012), which achieved very good sales in France.