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Alessandro Piperno's 2005 novel, The Worst Intentions, won the Campiello Prize for First Novel and became an instant bestseller in Italy, where Corriere della sera described its author as "a new Marcel Proust." The New Yorker wrote that The Worst Intentions was a "wickedly scathing d but, a coruscating mixture of satire, family epic, Proustian meditation, and erotomaniacal farce." Persecution, the first installment of a diptych entitled The Friendly Fire of Memories, is his long-awaited second novel.