Elena Tomaini – Breathing Masks

Masks to suffocate

Nine stories, nine borderline situations: disconnections, osmosis, betrayal, contagion, suicide, repetition, displacement, torture, overprotection. Masks are deadly pretences through which we believe we can breath, but in fact they suffocate us to the point of dissolution. Everything is governed by art, extreme psychopathological fiction which contaminates the mundane and dismantles it. In a society of performances everything is performance, even love and showing one’s own death. There is no glimmer of hope in Elena Tomaini’s stories: she is still green in her writing, but capable of a translucent piercing gaze. Cerebral, but authentic.

Translation by Stefano Bragato (edited by Ester Tossi)

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Heiko H. Caimi
Heiko H. Caimi, born in 1968, is a writer, screenwriter, poet and teacher of fiction writing. He has collaborated as an author with publishers Mondadori, Tranchida, Abrigliasciolta and others. He has taught at the Egea bookshop of Bocconi University in Milan and several other schools, libraries and associations in Italy and Switzerland. Since 2013 he has been editorial director of the literature magazine Inkroci. He is one of the founders and organizers of the traveling literary festival Libri in Movimento. He collaborates with the news magazine "InPrimis" keeping the column "Pages in a minute" and with the blog of the writer Barbara Garlaschelli "Sdiario". He published the novel "I predestinati" (The Predestined, Prospero, 2019) and edited the anthology of short stories "Oltre il confine. Storie di migrazione" (Over the border. Migration stories, Prospero, 2019).