Gilles Leroy – Alabama Song

The obscenity of love

It’s incrediblehow a man can put himself in a woman’s shoes with the effectiveness of Gilles Leroy.
Reading this fictional biography about Zelda, writer and, accidentally, partner and bride of an American literature legend such asScott Fitzgerald, we are immediately absorbed in a quivering and moving solo in the golden age of jazz. A book dedicated to writing, authors, to the fever and the madness that burn up when you can’t help writing. A hymn to sensual love, absolute feeling, that can lead to be disowned by relatives. A clear reflection on feelings that bring back to life those who have lost a love, are skillfully epitomized by the female protagonist: “ People who love each other are always oscene. And for people who lost a love, watching lovers is a torture to reject by spitting on it or mocking it”. Zelda is mainly a female manifesto that is torn, for the umpteenth time, behind the world’s back; the archetype of the creative woman who’s denied the right of expression.
A book that feeds on despair from the beginning tothe end, among the flames of the madhouse, where the protagonist of this shining portrait.is confined and defeated

Translation by Clara Arosio (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)

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Giorgio Olivari
Giorgio Olivari was born in Brescia in the last century. He has been a professional in the field of industrial design for more than thirty years. After the first forty years as a reader he discovered writing by chance: a life’s joke. His forever partner enrolls him in a creative writing course: maybe for fun, more likely to get rid of him. A spark that, once lit, does not go out but becomes a narrative, stories, thoughts; some of which published by BESA in “Pretesti Sensibili - Sensitive Excuses” (2008). His first collection of short stories, “Futili Emotivi- Futile Emotions”, was published by Carta & Penna Editore in 2010. His passion for literature led him to “infect” other readers by coordinating reading groups: “Arcobaleno” in Paderno Franciacorta, “Chiare Lettere” in Nave. He actively collaborates with the literary magazine Inkroci with reviews and stories.