Silvio Donà – Extasia

 

The drug of the future

In a city destroyed by a global disaster, afflicted by the disease which has devastated half the world, and without electricity, Dany and his sister Eva must try to survive gang rule and persecution by Julius, an unscrupulous chemist who has created the most powerful drug ever created. Along with Francisco, a doctor who saves their lives, they will seek refuge in what is perhaps the most inappropriate hiding place.
This is an exciting dystopia, with well-constructed and credible characters, written with rare precision and immediacy. Hard-core science fiction fans may be dissatisfied with the poorly described setting, but this is a venial sin in a novel that knows how to intelligently entertain the reader, without being pedantic.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Roma O’Flaherty)

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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).