She was explaining why her fellow Italians may be keen about a book called I Hate People! Why they don't have the same fear as Americans who must disguise our honest feelings about our less than perfect workmates.
This week Grazia, a top Italian fashion magazine, published a wonderful spread on the Italian language edition of our book, Io Odio La Gente.
I love the pictures and the way they found such attractive and well dressed people in the workplace who can't stand one another. That makes the hate so much more beautiful!
They also coined a great title: Per Amare Il Tuo Lavoro, Odia I Tuoi Colleghi, which at first I thought had something to do with the office lavatory but now I realize means more or less "To Love Your Work, Hate Your Colleagues".
Grazia also captured the heart of our book in a way most American publications don't dare, with some introductory language that Elisabetta tells me says: "They interrupt, sabotage, gossip. You can't stand your next-desk neighbor? You are right. That's the message of a book that shreds the teamwork myth to pieces." We couldn't say it better — in any language.
By the way, Elisabetta is headed today to Milan — to teach a workshop on business plans for Italians courting venture capitalists. We're hoping she continues her work as our foreign hate correspondent from the business capital of Italy.
— Jonathan Littman