Giuliano Bugani – How a Love Story Could Have Been

Unresolved loves

Included in the collection “The unresolved”, this book by Giuliano Bugani presents two long stories. The first, which provides the title of the little volume, is a story of lost love: a love  that, despite a will to find it again, as expressed in the epistolary correspondence between the two main characters, it is not certain that it will be found again; on the contrary the unexpected could transform this love into tragedy; but it changes, in their meeting, into a bigger love act, a more sincere and extraordinary act, characterized by self abnegation and noblility, even in the face of a mocking fate. The ending stuns us.
The second story, Donnarkica, is instead a conversation between the mothers of the Desaparecidos: missing sons, and a soldier who represents the point of view of power. This text, which has been deposited in the House of Memory in Santiago in Chile, is a slightly rhetorical memento mori that makes use of a dense alternation of  points of view, and whose great merit lies in the fact that it reminds us of things which should never happen again.
This is a book that can be read quickly, but that leaves a longstanding mark in the reader’s mind.

Translation by Clara Arosio (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).