Lisa Biggi – Firemen don’t come out for women in tears


These nine short stories by Lisa Biggi unfold in a time suspended between the expectations of our existence and the disillusionments of the present, accompanied by Letizia Lancone’s magnificent illustrations. Using different narrative registers tailored to the various characters the author describes, through irony or pure representation, an everyday life that lays bare the flimsiness of lives devoted to an obstinate assertion of hopes denied: in the attempt to convert them into action but in the even greater cowardice of inaction, showing just how inane this futility is. And witnessing the cosmic emptiness of these existences, as clear to the readers as it is invisible to the characters, gives us a distressing portrait of Milan and of the life of which we are survivors, despite the light tone employed. Not coincidentally “Axe blows” is the name of the collection in which this anthology is published.

Translation by Clara Arosio (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).