Papa Antipasti

Commercial Fiction, Fiction

What makes a famiglia? And how do you cook pasta properly?

'I was seven when I first met Giovanni. He stomped into my life – literally – stepping through the igloo I was building...' Mr Jivobandi – at least that's what seven-year-old Frederic thinks he’s called – lives in a tiny, half-timbered house, reads Mickey Mouse, and owns a sizeable collection of VHS tapes as well as a typewriter. Frederic does not yet know that, many years later, Giovanni will become his stepfather and inherit everything from Frederic’s mother. While this inheritance is initially unwanted, when a manuscript falls into Frederic’s hands, the story of the immigrant worker Giovanni in the 60s is slowly uncovered. And, slowly but surely, Frederic opens up to this small man with the biggest heart.

  • A tongue-in-cheek and deeply human family novel
  • Based on a true story
Jan F. Wielpütz

Jan F. Wielpütz, born in 1975, worked as a journalist, literary translator, and editor for a publishing company before devoting himself entirely to writing.

Papa Antipasti

What makes a famiglia? And how do you cook pasta properly?

'I was seven when I first met Giovanni. He stomped into my life – literally – stepping through the igloo I was building...' Mr Jivobandi – at least that's what seven-year-old Frederic thinks he’s called – lives in a tiny, half-timbered house, reads Mickey Mouse, and owns a sizeable collection of VHS tapes as well as a typewriter. Frederic does not yet know that, many years later, Giovanni will become his stepfather and inherit everything from Frederic’s mother. While this inheritance is initially unwanted, when a manuscript falls into Frederic’s hands, the story of the immigrant worker Giovanni in the 60s is slowly uncovered. And, slowly but surely, Frederic opens up to this small man with the biggest heart.

  • A tongue-in-cheek and deeply human family novel
  • Based on a true story
Bibliographic Data
384 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-22022-4
First published 2022