The Book of Morfeo



Morfeo is going to die. Or not.

Addicted to prescription drugs by careless doctors and aggressive drug companies, Morfeo is dancing on the edge of disaster. A confrontation with his son forces him to face his addiction and take the “road from which there is no return and no way forward.”

Aided by Bad Angels who have rebelled against God out of pity for humanity, he must run the gauntlet of the modern medical establishment and his own fears. For Morfeo, the only way out is through. If there is a way out.

In The Book of Morfeo, Stefano Benni employs his trademark brand of humor, satire, and magical realism to tell a rollicking tale of redemption as darkly funny as it is uplifting in what La Repubblica called, “a powerful, poignant book.”

Stefano Benni is widely considered to be Italy’s greatest living literary author. He has sold 2.5 million copies of his books in Italy, equivalent to about 13.5 million copies in the U.S. market. His books have been translated into 32 languages.

Praise for Stefano Benni and The Book of Morfeo

“In The Book of Morfeo, Benni delivers a vibrant condemnation of the power of the pharmaceutical companies and their pursuit of profit by flooding the market with addictive products.” Cultura e Spettacolo Magazine

“Benni is sly and spiky in his satire.” Publishers Weekly

“Benni’s visionary imagination creates a powerful, poignant book that tells a story that is part fairy tale, part tragedy, part dream, and part delirium. Benni denounces the ‘chemical oppression’ of the pharmaceutical industry which becomes a universal metaphor for unjust oppression throughout the world.” La Repubblica

“The best Benni in recent years.” RAI News

“The Book of Morfeo offers salvation at the edge of the abyss.” La Stampa

“A varied universe, narrated in surreal colors, that takes us by the hand and leads us to an unexpected conclusion.” L’almanacco della Scienza

“Stefano Benni loves to play with language, his books delight in inventive or specialist vocabulary. Irresistible neologisms and freewheeling imagery are drafted in from the Alamo to the Zambezi, from the desert fox to the sea cucumber. You never know what’s coming next.” The Sunday Telegraph