A collection of short stories that portray events and characters drawn by the Author from the metropolitan universe of Rome. The metropolitan stories recover the ancient and refined taste of "telling the story of life and people." The most hidden secrets of everyday life come to light: the fragility of feelings, the game of illusions, the sirens of easy hedonism, the involuntary simulations of soul, the rhetoric of betrayed love and the viscosity of compromise. The strong realism of Leo Ferri is embellished with riddles and allusions that transfuse even the bitterest truth with a complicit smile of irony. A must read.

Cover design: the cover reproduces the work of Renato Birolli, Red Taxi, 1932. Oil on canvas, 70x55cm, Milan, private collection.

Leo Ferri is the pseudonym of Raffaele Lauro.