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This article presents the opening of "Resultanze in merito alla vita e al carattere di Gino
Bianchi con allegato", published in Florence in 1915, by Piero Jahier (1884-1966), a poet and
writer from a Protestant family, employed by the railway network. The book is an autobiographical
tale of the office life of a minor state employee. On first reading, it seems like a biting
satire on bureaucracy. The author, an intransigent moralist, criticises bureaucracy, wanting
things to be different; he launches an attack on bourgeois society, while dreaming of an
aware and caring society. The book, a literary masterpiece, provides valuable first-hand accounts
that can be profitably used by historians of bureaucratic systems and public administrative
structures in the nineteenth century.