Born in 1930 in Germany, she married Milanese publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli in 1959. After her husband’s death, she inherited his empire, establishing a reputation as the queen of publishing.

Inge Feltrinelli was an extraordinary storyteller, full of anecdotes and memories of her friends, many of whom were major international publishers or writers.

Inge had become the queen of publishing, an Italy’s Foreign Minister of Books, whose traditional printed format she firmly believed in, despite being a woman not prone to nostalgia. She was also the head of her publishing house – which has now become a holding company – with her son (and chief executive) Carlo at her side: “he is the mind, I am the soul”, she said, “but we often swap roles”.

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