When Belli e dannati Vivere e morire nella Formula 1 degli anni Settanta was published in 2021, the newspaper Corriere della Sera placed it firmly in the Italian narrative tradition. La Lettura, the prestigious national daily paper’s literary supplement described it in the following terms: “Luca Dal Monte’s stories revive a world that is no more: glamour, races in which danger loomed, gigantic figures, some of them of boundless cynicism.”
Dal Monte has now produced a second volume of stories devoted to the characters who made the Seventies in Formula 1 unique, an unrepeatable era for motorsports. Belli e dannati 2. Erano giorni che tutti avevano vissuto, presents 12 new stories that continue the narration initiated with the first volume. The protagonists are once again the men and women who characterised Formula 1’s golden age: drivers, constructors, mechanics, journalists, wives and girlfriends – figures at the centre of a world that gravitated around them, but also more or less unwitting victims of a reality to which they were fatally attracted despite the looming shadow of death.
Twelve evocative black and white images accompany the various stories.