Ambra Porcedda – Imeacht brónach. A Miserable Way Out

A wrong world

In this book from the collection “The unresolved” Ambra Porcedda presents us with two love stories with a twist in which she outlines the impossibility of long-lasting happiness. In the first story, Róisín Dubh (a title borrowed from the famous Irish political song), Paddy is convinced that Emily will mould perfectly to his life and live in his rotting house along the river,  and searches for an interaction which will bring him to a self-dissolution  with fictional assumptions.
In the second story An exclusion, Alessia and Stefano are lovers who have drifted apart but who, after pitiful sentimental experiences,  appear to find each other again and may be rekindle the flame connecting two drifts. These stories are written in two very different styles (the first refined and dreamlike, the second  informal and vulgar), but they represent two sides of the same coin: there is no sign of hope whatsoever in these two long stories,  devoted as they are to a nihilistic pessimism which is too similar to those illusions which we often use to feed our minds; and these, according to the author, will inevitably will end up by destroying us. Leaving  us overwhelmed (in the first instance), and not  completely convinced (in the second). An interesting debut.

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).