How important are the classics in the backlists of publishing houses today? And, generally, how significant are they in the publishing market? Leafing through the Alfabeto Italiano, the page opens at the letter Z, Z for Zibaldone, Italian for Hotchpotch. A word that, in ancient times referred to a dish made up of many and varied ingredients, and is the word we have chosen, taking our cue from that great accumulation of intelligence that is Leopardi’s Zibaldone in order to discuss the classics and their role in contemporary publishing, attempting to go beyond the stereotypes, the platitudes. With Elisabetta Risari (Mondadori) and Federica Magro (BUR)