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The Goodbye Kiss (Giorgio Pellegrini #1)

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  493 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
An unscrupulous womanizer, as devoid of morals as he once was full of idealistic fervor, returns to Italy where he is wanted for a series of political crimes. To avoid prison he sells out his old friends, turns his back on his former ideals, and cuts deals with crooked cops. To achieve the guise of respectability he is willing to go even further, maybe even as far as murde ...more
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Published January 1st 2006 by Penguin Group (first published 2001)
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Barry Pierce
Ugh. Former criminal-turned-fiction writer Massimo Carlotto is the literary equivalent of Guy Fieri’s hair. His blocky, uber-masculine, prose is reminiscent of an angsty teen boy’s short story about his “total bitch” of an ex-girlfriend and drinking Coors Light with his bros. This novel is fucking detestable. From its sexual politics to its clunky plot. The female characters are reminiscent of Beaker from The Muppet Show, relegated to bleating noises and too stupid to be human. Good god I must b ...more
Anastasia
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tanto per aggiungere un altro tassellino alla mia avanscoperta noir prendo la tutto sommato saggia decisione di stoppare il mio momento di sguazzamento oltreoceano e anziché essere in perenne apertura esterofila.. gettare giusto un'occhiata a chi mi sta dietro casa, tipo Massimo Carlotto.
E devo dire che una volta saggiata l'erba del vicino debbo dire che non c'ha nulla da invidiare alla grande produzione americana.
Leggo le opinioni riportate sul retro della copertina, dove Edmondo Dietrich - co
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Paul
Jun 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hard to say.
Shelves: noir, hard-boiled
The Goodbye Kiss by Massimo Carlotto

This is really a novelette, numbering 114 pages in my paperback copy. It's the first installment of two books with Giorgio Pellegrinin as the main character. The second installment is 'At the End of a Dull Day'.

The Plot:

Giorgio Pellegrini is an unscrupulous womanizer, an amoral sociopath, prepared to do whatever it takes to secure himself the guise of respectability & he is willing to go as far as murder. And beyond.

He was once full of idealistic fervor,
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John
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pretty conflicted about this.

On the one hand I admired it as an eminently readable example of nihilistic Jim Thompson-style noir, although its narrator and protagonist -- Giorgio Pellegrini, ex-terrorist, multiple murderer, multiple rapist, sadistic abuser of the women who're fool enough to fall for him -- is even more degenerate and vile than any Thompson protagonist ever was.

On the other hand I detested it precisely because its protagonist is even more degenerate and vile than any Thomps
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Tony
Apr 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carlotto, Massimo. THE GOODBYE KISS. (2000; US-2006). ****. Again, another new author for me. Carlotto was born in Padua and now lives in Cagliari. He is one of Italy’s most popular authors and a proponent of Medeterranian noir. He has been compared favorably with many of the most important American hardboiled crime writers. Several of his novels have been made into highly acclaimed films. In this novel we are introduced to Georgio Pellegrini. He is wanted in Italy for a series of crimes linked ...more
Wu Ming
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WM1: In Italia si definiscono "neri" un sacco di romanzi color cacchetta, fumo-di-londra, testa-di-moro etc. Questo � N-E-R-O veramente, come quelle foto dei libri di medicina, che mostrano polmoni incatramati e cancrenosi, e infatti ti accorcia il respiro e ti va di traverso e ti fa tossire mentre lo leggi, ma prosegui fino alla fine. L'io narrante ti costringe a identificarti con un personaggio putrido, stomachevole, e scopri che c'� un po' di Giorgio Pellegrini anche dentro di te, come dentro ...more
Auntie Pam
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regioni, 2013
Un romanzo crudo e affascinante. Ho letto alcune recensioni e non capisco perchè qualcuno abbia avuto il coraggio di abbadonare la lettura di questo libro solo per la violenza che ne esce dalle pagine. Allora dovremmo smettere di leggere i romanzi noir o cosa? Carlotto scrive in maniera semplice ma efficace, ti cattura con il suo linguaggio da strada e ti coinvolge in ogni azione del protagonista. La domanda che mi sorge dopo la lettura è: si può riuscire davvero a cambiare quello che siamo per ...more
Paola
Jun 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
NOnonononononoNO! Troppa violenza, crudeltà, perversione, cattiveria, prevaricazione. Viene dal riciclo e ci tornerà velocemente. MC ed io non abbiamo affinità, leggere di fatti brutti e persone brutte dentro e fuori non fa per me. Di tutto questo ce n'é già abbastanza nella vita reale.
Abbandonato.
Spiros
While waiting for Driftless Area to hit the shelves, I decided to reacquaint myself with Giorgio Pelligrini, the protagonist of The Goodbye Kiss, self confessed stool pigeon, former radical, and all around "bad egg" (n.b.: does this strike anybody else as a conflation of the terms "rotten apple" and "good egg"? I don't recall ever coming across the term before, and I've certainly never heard of a "good apple". Your input is, as always, eagerly solicited). As before, I found it to be a thoroughl ...more
Stefano Zorba
Ti leggi la trama e dici: figo!
Ci dovrebbe essere terrorismo, corruzione, criminalità, tensione, morti ammazzati, stupri... Il tutto in contrasto con la dolcezza del titolo "Arrivederci, amore, ciao!", citazione di Caterina Caselli.
Scordatevelo, perchè non c'è nulla di tutto questo.
Breve, quasi distratto, il protagonista non viene definito, approfondito, spiegato, è diafano; racconta come se parlasse della lista della spesa (non da nemmeno l'idea di freddezza, da l'idea di noia), le parti che do
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David Tykulsker
Dec 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great social criticism in the guise of a detective novel of the milieu of the Northern League, with a few shots at my friends on the ultra-left. The robbery itself was a bit tedious, and the last conversation with his fiance could have been omitted. But the rest of the book moved with great speed, and was quite chilling.
Mark
Mar 16, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
He's mostly a narrator and his books read more like film treatments than actual novels — which is actually kind of ok, provided that they lead to movies as gloriously skeezy as the one derived from this book.
Jim Coughenour
Carlotto, the "master of Mediterranean noir." Narrated by a bad, evil-tongued criminal, it's got the kick of a hot espresso. Nasty, unadulterated pleasure! Carlotto reminds me of Patricia Highsmith, but with a superior sense of fun. Handsomely published by Europa Editions.

Marilia Ramos
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: acervo-pessoal
Um livro, narrado por um crápula, contando sua história, não dá vontade de parar.
Diego González
Sorprende que Massimo Carlotto no haya tenido más éxito en España, quedando reducido al circuito de compradores compulsivos de novela negra. Novela negra, en este caso, no se refiere sólo al género del libro (librito, en realidad; se lee en una hora y media), sino a la oscuridad abisal de sus personajes, lo sombrío de sus historias, lo tenebroso de sus almas. Son ese lado oscuro de la humanidad que todos sabemos que existe pero que ignoramos porque el mero hecho de pararnos a pensar en él probab ...more
Chichikov
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Italian noir novel is about as hard-boiled as they come. The narrator is one of the most despicable characters I've ever come across in literature: murderer, terrorist, thief, rapist, and betrayer of his friends, among other misdeeds. If you can look past his repugnant behavior (including rampant misogyny), the book is a great read, fast-paced, thrilling. I read it in Italian and would recommend it as a good choice to those learning the language, as it's short, entertaining, and the languag ...more
Moloch
Già prima di leggere questo romanzo sapevo purtroppo qualcosa sulla trama, oltre alle informazioni basiche reperibili nella quarta di copertina, e cioè che il protagonista non muore: il nuovo libro di Carlotto, Alla fine di un giorno noioso (2011), è infatti il seguito di questo. In effetti, anche senza averne la certezza, lo si poteva intuire fin dalle prime righe visto che il protagonista di Arrivederci amore, ciao (scoprirete leggendo in che modo crudelissimo viene citato il verso della famos ...more
ChadBroChill
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At times I found it hard to relate to the main character
Gerardo
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La scrittura di Carlotto è molto interessante: asciutta in maniera magistrale, il racconto è serrato e ricco di avvenimenti, descritti senza troppi fronzoli in maniera rapida e precisa, quasi chirurgica. Ogni dettaglio è finalizzato allo svolgimento della trama, che però non è incentrata sulla soluzione di un mistero.

Secondo elemento di interesse è il fatto che il testo sia scritto in prima persona: siamo direttamente nella testa di Giorgio Pellegrini, terrorista di estrema sinistra per caso, c
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Procyon Lotor
Soggetto sveglio e accorto, abile a perseguire il suo a scapito dell'altrui Un rivoluzionario, intimamente pervaso delle sue convinzioni politico-sociali, spazza via compagni e affini per intraprendere una carriera nel crimine, per quanto fecale o putrefatta sia la societ� che incontra, lui a ogni gradino lo � di pi�. Convinto di praticare un'ascesa scende il suo inferno personale fino a non vederne pi� la differenza. (I. Calvino) Ma come, obietta il signor Simplicio, un rivoluzionario convinto ...more
Rob Kitchin
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Goodbye Kiss is, as one review says, ‘lean, mean and violent’; Italian noir at its darkest, placing the reader in the mind of criminal who’s prepared to do anything to get by. Pellegrini is a well formed character who is frighteningly believable, his thoughts and actions seemingly rationale and logical. He uses intimidation, manipulation and violence in a pre-meditated, calculated way to exert his will, yet he also understands his place in the wider criminal system and how to respect and wor ...more
Ramsey
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
I'm upgrading this book to four stars. Still thinking about it a year after reading it.

A bleak and nasty dose of Mediterranean noir. I think Carlotto may be making some broader statements about the trajectory of modern Italy - left-wing idealism that devolved first into violence of its own making, then general criminality and corruption, overlaid with a justice system that forces individuals who would come clean into a labyrinth marked by further depravity at each twist and turn. My only problem
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Lyle Appleyard
I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway.

This was my first time reading this author. I was not sure what to expect. What a ride.

Thre wasn't much for character development. The main character was bad. Everyone who had dealings with was bad. Except maybe the woman he was going to marry, but he killed her anyway and most of the other people he dealt with. This novel was entirely an action driven story. The actions happen without much reason being given. The main char
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Monica
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Giorgio Pellegrini is simultaneously one of the most fascinating and repellent characters I have ever read about. He is utterly amoral, brutal and single minded in the course of advancing his aims. He starts out as a Red Brigade terrorist, then flees to Central America to avoid arrest. While there he becomes a half-hearted member of an insurgent group. When it becomes obvious that that is leading to further trouble, he heads for home, sells out his friends and takes a deal with a crooked cop tha
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Francesca Barontini
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Eva
2,5*
Ο αφηγητής είναι αδίστακτος γυναικάς, αμοραλιστής, ένας πρώην ιδεαλιστής που καταζητείται για πολιτικά εγκλήματα, αλλά πλέον έχει μεταμορφωθεί σε εγκληματία κοινού ποινικού δικαίου. Μετά από πολλά χρόνια αυτοεξόριστος για ν'αποφύγει τη δικαιοσύνη, επιστρέφει στην Ιταλία και προσπαθεί με κάθε μέσο να χτίσει μια "αξιοπρεπή" ζωή.
Περίεργη νουβέλα. Η διεθφαρμένη Ιταλία του Βορρά ένας χαρακτήρας μόνη της. Ο πρωταγωνιστής είναι ένα βίαιο μισογύνικο υπολογιστικό καθήκι, όλες οι γυναίκες άβουλα υποτα
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Nasir Shah
It consummately wins your heart if once in your life you missed to make memory developments with her/him. The story that is composed in the book was genuinely astounding and shows us the lesson to never give up to the individuals who adored you and in the event that they, then accomplish something which will get to be memory later on. It's the account of the adoration. The man needed to go outside from the nation, and the lady stay alone without him. Before he could go, they met at a pleasant pl ...more
Electric
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ein hartes buch, auch für maßstäbe des noir genres. ein protagonist der keine gefangenen macht, keine moral anerkennt, menschen und insbesondere frauen ausschließlich nach maßstäben der vernutzbarkeit beurteilt und dafür auch nicht bestraft wird. ein unangenehmes buch und doch ganz anders als die parker romane von richard stark. beide charaktere sind ausdruck des verbrechers als konsequentesten vertreter des kapitalismus, als "ursprünglichen unternehmer", aber wo die amerikanische tradition dem ...more
Piperitapitta
s��, insomma, questa nordest connection non mi ha convinta pi�� di tanto. per una volta il film prende il meglio del libro e butta via tutto il superfluo, riuscendo a tirarne fuori una storia accattivante. nel libro �� tutto troppo: troppo delinquente, troppo cattivo, troppo fortunato, troppo bello.<br />e poi, sembra che carlotto abbia un po' la fissa dei ristoranti: in questo romanzo il protagonista cerca con l'avviamento di un ristorante di lusso non solo il posto dove investire i propr ...more
Massimo Foglio
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un altro splendido noir di Carlotto che si fa leggere tutto d'un fiato. Una volta letto, per��, il pensiero corre a quello che sta dietro la storia appena raccontata. E cominciano le domande.
Meglio un ex terrorista che fotte i compagni e l'amico con cui e' fuggito, oppure i poliziotti corrotti che alzano un bel po' di grano sfruttandolo? O meglio la medio borghesia del NordEst, quella che fa i soldi in nero, ungendo le ruote, sconosciuta al fisco. O ancora quelli che si buttano in politica sfrut
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Massimo Carlotto è nato a Padova il 22 luglio 1956. Nel 1976, giovane universitario e militante di L.C., scopre casualmente a Padova il cadavere senza vita di Margherita Magello, colpita da 59 coltellate, e viene accusato dalla polizia dell’omicidio dopo essersi recato volontariamente a testimoniare.
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