Federica Leonardi – Mr. W.


Damn wings

Federica Leonardi’s first novel is a long imaginary adventure, taking place in a fictional city where the ancient prevails over the modern. Haunted by a resident of the apartment building where he lives, Mr. W. has to do anything to hide his secret, related to his disappeared father as well as to the ancient cult of Tiktaal, which closely resembles Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s most famous creations. However, when he falls in love with Samia, a cashier in a family-owned grocery store of which he is a client, W. has to make a choice.
With a clear and safe style, solidly mastering her writing tools, Leonardi builds an original novel of considerable tension, which combines gothic horror and fantasy. Nevertheless, she displays a certain degree of superficiality in outlining the novel’s few characters and in the end she loses the narrative control, derailing into an endless apocalypse.
A book for its own sake, without praise or blame.



Translation by Anna Anzani (edited by Sabrina Macchi)

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Heiko H. Caimi
Author and screenwriter, he has been teaching Creative Writing since 1999. He collaborated with the Publisher Tranchida from 2007 to 2009 as a teacher at Forrester School, as a member of the management board and as an editor of the editorial board, as well as an author of the on-line magazines "Gluck59" and "Teneke". He has worked as a writer of short stories with Mondadori and GVE publishers and publishes short stories, articles, reviews and poems with various on-line magazines. He participated as a poet in the VII Annual Carovana dei Versi (Caravan of Verses) in 2012-2013, and some of his works have been be published in 2013 in an anthology by the publishing house Abrigliasciolta of Varese. He has taught courses on writing and screenwriting at the Egea Bookstore of Bocconi University in Milan, at I.I.S. A.Lunardi in Brescia in several libraries and associations in the district of Brescia and in some Swiss schools. A film for which he wrote the screenplay has been optioned twice. He worked as a writer in an international production ("Haiti Voodoo", 2011). A long time ago he played in several bands and collaborated on several short films. He currently lives and works in Brescia. Since 2002 he has been Chairman of Magnoliaitalia, and since 2013 he has been teacher and Conductor at the Writing Parlour in Brescia, a professional school for writers.