Skopje, 28 April 2020 (MIA) — Makedonika Litera has released How Contagion Works, the latest book by Italian writer and mathematician Paolo Giordano, translated into Macedonian by Aneta Simovska.
“Following the Italian edition [Nel contagio] published four weeks ago, the book is being released in 29 countries by 31 publishers,” the publishing house writes in its announcement, adding that the book sold 200,000 copies the first day it was on sale in Japan and 150,000 copies the first day in France.
The slim volume, which Giordano wrote between Feb. 29 and March 4 in Rome inspired by the coronavirus pandemic, has been described as “modest, lucid, calm, informed, directly helpful in trying to think about where we are now” (Evening Standard) and a timely “guide to understanding this virus and preparing ourselves for what comes next [… offering] a jolt of brevity and simplicity” (The Times).
Paolo Giordano (b. 1982, Turin, Italy) is a writer and a theoretical physicist.
His debut novel, The Solitude of Prime Numbers (La solitudine dei numeri primi, 2008), was translated into more than 40 languages, won the Premio Campiello Opera Prima award and the Premio Strega (the Italian Booker) prize, and was made into a movie.
Giordano’s other works include The Human Body (Il corpo umano, 2012) and Like Family (Il nero e l’argento, 2014).
His book-length essay How Contagion Works (Nel contagio, 2020) was preceded by an article he published in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera to explain the “mathematical emergency” of the epidemic.
All proceeds from the book will be donated to research and health emergency response funds, according to the publisher. mr/