It seemed “the best of all possible worlds” and instead it turned out to be a deception, so much so that those who expected a future to be built received only crumbs and frustration. This is what happens to the confident Candido, the young rider protagonist of the novel of the same name by Guido Maria Brera, published by La nave di Teseo. Co-founder of the Kairos Group, now head of investments of the Kairos Group Julius Baer, in this fourth novel (which he wrote with the collective I Diavoli) the author proposes an ideal comparison with Candido di Voltaire: here too in fact for the protagonist, who lives in a future not too far from our present, the time comes for a painful awareness, with dreams that are shattered. But while for the character born from the pen of the French writer this happens while traveling the world, the contemporary Candide experiences the loss of optimism and the collapse of certainties by dint of pedaling and consuming his calves on the bicycle to deliver food ordered by an app.
“The wonderful world praised in the early 2000s had within itself the seeds that would lead to the polarization of wealth and the creation of the invisibles of work. I have always wanted to write a novel that traces Voltaire’s Candide, perhaps because I have a crudely realistic character, but I couldn’t find the key. I then found it in the city and in the riders, the invisibles of today “, explained Guido Maria Brera presenting his book in a virtual meeting in the Q10 Media studio moderated by Giancarlo Leone, which was attended by Elisabetta Sgarbi, General Manager La nave di Teseo, and Elly Schlein, Vice President of the Emilia Romagna Region. Il Candido di Brera is a rider who goes around the city – a post-pandemic metropolis – far and wide all day: his is an exhausting job, governed by an insensitive algorithm, which can and oversee everything. When he returns home, the boy can’t wait to meet – but only virtually – with his Cunegonda, the image of perfection, the most beautiful of the Voltaire social network (the names could only be these). His life seems happy, until Candido realizes that what the philosopher Pangloss says turned into a hologram on the facades of buildings (“Everything is fine, everything is fine. Everything is in the best possible way”) is not for nothing true.
When he understands the extent of the deception of a world in which everything is virtual (power, money, relationships), then his anger explodes: Candido thus begins to fight, for himself and for a better, more tailored society. of man. The book, from which a film (co-produced by I Diavoli) was released in the coming months, therefore addresses the precariousness (work and existential) of young people, to whom politics has not been able to give answers, through the riders, true symbols of the gig economy. A current reflection, which comes just a few days from the “no delivery day” of last March 26, with the riders who went on strike all over Italy to get better working conditions, and after the Milan prosecutor “solicited” the main companies in the sector to recognize bicycle messengers as employees.
“Technology and finance together have opposed the real economy, no longer recognizing the rights of workers. Pope Francis speaks of virtual tyrannies: these are the years of anger, against something we do not know, however, because there is no interlocutor, there is no “is integration. The left around the world have lost, because they should have helped the weak,” says Brera. “In addition to the literary dimension, Brera with each novel also has a political dimension, because it entrusts the narration with the understanding of the perverse mechanisms that regulate the world in which we live”, underlined the publisher Sgarbi, “Candido explains to us how we traded the our rights with technological alms, in a totally illusory virtual world that makes fun of us “. “We need a new universal welfare of proximity: the book pushes us to admit that the progressive forces have not been able to interpret those transformations that have increased economic, social and gender inequalities”, commented Elly Schlein.