Ilaria Tuti – Lena of the Butterflies

 

A first-class narrator

Bordano, region of Friuli: a small village, closed in a dell in the mountains. The body of twelve-year-old Lena is found in the so-called House of Butterflies. It will the responsibility of police inspector Thomas Mei to investigate a case that may swallow his humaneness. The prima suspect is William Picco, 15 years old, poised on the inclined plane of autism. A painful inquiry among elective affinities, lives stuccoed to perfection, the ambiguity of those involved and the beautiful, disturbing landscape of the lake of Cavazzo.

A delicate and spine-chilling crime story that manages to display fears and prejudices with rare sobriety, and to avoid all clichés. Ilaria Tuti can masterfully sketch complex psychological profiles and hard, tense atmospheres, drawing in the reader with fine fluency. The only flaw: its shortness.

 

 

Translation by Camilla Girardi

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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).