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What would you do if books were forbidden? Is there a “criminal gene” that leads to violence? Can a library change lives? Can desire become anger? Would you allow a software program make your life decisions? The silence of the books: a ravishing story. Dialoguing with the classics of Literature.

“A declaration of love to Literature”.

Beatriz Virgínia Camarinha Castilho Pinto

Master in Linguistics

“Poetic prose of immeasurable beauty”.

Maria José Gargantini Moreira da Silva

Specialist in the Portuguese language and Textual Productions

In a time where books are forbidden, the mysterious Santiago Pena has just arrived in Portugal, where he will meet Alice, a girl who is despised by her parents. The discovery of an old notebook will hold intriguing questions. What connection is there between a young man accused of a crime that he alleges not having commit, sumptuous architectural projects and the finding of an abandoned library? For what reason would someone use the phrase festina lente (“make haste slowly”)? And why does the stranger Santiago seem to awaken in Alice´s parents dangerous yearnings?

Suspense and adventure mixed with profound reflections on the paradoxes of the human condition in this breathtaking story about friendship, madness, love, the loss of innocence. As the perspective switches from the private man to a curious girl, the narrative amazes because of the diversities of meanings.

Dialoguing with classics from universal Literature, The silence of the books investigates what the future of a society that, fascinated by the technological progress, banishes books. And launches a challenge to the ones that insist on declaring, grimly, the death of one of the greatest symbols of Civilization.

Having books is a crime. Report it.

Fausto Luciano Panicacci PhD, is a writer with studies on Photography, History of Cinema and History of Art. Author of The silence of the books (novel), Naufrágios (“Shipwrecks” – a collection of short stories and poems) and of legal work. Member of the literary groups O que restou (“What remained”) and Library. He is also a District Attorney and a former Post-Graduate Law Professor.

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