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What pushed Gianfranco Gibelli, an employee of a computer company, to abandon the now consolidated routine of his Milanese life to embark on this adventure can only be understood if one accepts that there are passions stronger than reason: those shots of the mind and of the heart, attributable to the classic love at first sight, which convince you - perhaps not exactly in a moment - to pack up, load the family into the car, and change everything. Of course, it also took the will - or perhaps the complicity - of his wife Rita, restorer of ancient instruments, to give life to a company that soon proved to be a source of continuous discoveries, so much so as to make clear the need to collect them in a book. .

"We knew that the Castle had belonged to prestigious families since the Carolingian era - says the author - but only over time have we discovered other types of secrets and legends, such as that of Rosania Fulgosio, a castellan who died at the hands of her husband Pietro da Cagnano" . As can be seen from the novel, the new inhabitants of the castle are not people who are easily influenced. In particular, a mathematician who likes to philosophize like Gibelli cannot accept without a fight that he is dealing with what some would call ghosts. And yet, truly inexplicable things were happening in the halls and dark corners of Gropparello. “From the attic, through a very old roof, we could hear a heavy footstep and a classic dragging sound. But there were no footprints in the dust on the floor. The equipment of the service personnel was constantly disappearing in a mysterious way. It was also becoming a problem to find someone who was willing to work here ».

It is needless to say that these and other episodes are only part of the events described in a novel which - as Roberta Manuali of Bastogilibri assures us - can be read in one go and represents an opportunity to get to know a place a little deeper. which - crowded with spirits of every age - seems to have always been there and perhaps even before its very existence, since the Celts had chosen the land as a place of worship, in the 4th century BC. But this is another story. Or perhaps one of the many from "The Invisible Company".

Gropparello Castle, one of the oldest castles in Italy. In 1994 Gianfranco Gibelli, author of the novel, became the owner of this splendid fortress, and… of its mysteries.
The Castle, as it later became known, was "inhabited" by strange presences, with which he and his family soon had to learn to live together. The author narrates the legend of the young castellana Rosania and her death perhaps at the hands of her husband Pietro da Cagnano in his first autobiographical novel, Investigation of a disturbing presence. But slowly, over the years, a much broader and much denser vision of meanings came to superimpose itself on the few historical truths known so far. Did Pietrone really kill his wife out of jealousy? Or are that disappearance and the ensuing events linked to more serious reasons? Did Pietrone really leave for a Crusade, at the invitation of the Church? What secret is she hiding in her life from that moment on? Why half a century later did Bishop Fulgosio, a descendant of Rosania, take possession of the castle and place it in his family's heritage? Why did the Nazis, passionate about esotericism, forcefully occupy the castle during the war? Why did they brick a substantial part of the ancient cellars? What is really hiding behind these walls? ...

There are many questions whose answers remain hidden behind the veil of minute history, the one without witnesses… shipwrecked in the mists of time. But only those who live, love and try to deeply understand this fascinating and ancient place can perhaps find a new truth in intuition and living with it.



EDITOR BastogiLibri
Pages: 432
Format: 15 x 21, Paperback

ISBN / EAN: 978-88-5501-001-6

Series: Narrative Paths


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