«In Milan at night there is the sea. A sea of troubles », claimed the writer Andrea G. Pinketts. The anthology “Menegang – Milano noir from the 1950s to today” (Borderfiction Edizioni), edited by Andrea Carlo Cappi, is dedicated to the dark face of the city and its evolution from the post-war period to the time of the pandemic.
«The idea», explains Cappi, «was born from a lucky series of coincidences. In spring 2020, the journalist and writer Albina Olivati wanted to recreate a group of writers in the style of the Scuola dei Duri ». The school, founded by Pinketts in 1993, was a group of crime writers who told contemporary Milan without mincing words, nor on the pen.
«I was looking for an original formula, so that“ Menegang ”was not a simple collection of stories with the same city as a background. Since the protagonist of Albina’s novels moves in the seventies, it came naturally to her to propose me a long story that takes place in that decade. In the same period I rediscovered a story by Stefano Di Marino dating back to the Eighties, which he gladly accepted to republish. Giancarlo Narciso wrote a long story long ago with Duca Lamberti, the protagonist of the Scerbanenco thrillers ».
Cappi thus decided to take a path in the criminal history of Milan and mobilized Ferdinando Pastori, Francesco G. Lugli, Sergio Rilletti and Gian Luca Margheriti to cover the following decades, up to 2021.
«In the meantime», Cappi concludes, «I was writing the opening story, set between Christmas 1951 and February 14, 1952, the date of a sensational robbery actually carried out in via Solferino».
The result is eight portraits of Milan in black, over a period of seventy years. It begins with the great assaults on banks that caused a sensation in the postwar period. Then you enter the gloomy atmosphere of the Police Headquarters in the days of the Piazza Fontana massacre. We discover how the Navigli were before the wild nightlife and the Varesine area when the skyscrapers of Porta Nuova had not yet canceled the Luna Park. From decade to decade we arrive at the period of the lockdown, when, in the semi-deserted city, almost only the riders moved, but the crime never stopped.
“Mengang” will be presented on 2 December at 9 pm, at the Hotel Admiral in via Domodossola 16, during the “yellow and black Milan” event, conducted by Andrea Carlo Cappi and Giancarlo Narciso, with the participation of Francesco G. Lugli, Gian Luca Margheriti, Ferdinando Pastori and Sergio Rilletti.