Liz Moore – Heft

An intense perception of the world

 Arthur is a lonely man, who is at the mercy of his obesity; Kel is a young budding baseball star. Their paths will cross because of their love for the same woman, Charlene.

The title is a clear reference both to Arthur Opp’s excessive weight and to life’s burden which looms over him; the man is in fact an ex-teacher who is lonely and who never goes out.

Liz Moore, a young American writer, wrote a story based on the fragility and the solitude of existence, projecting the reader in the two characters’ thoughts through a huge narrative inspiration.

The characters’ honesty makes the reader feels empathy towards them and towards their world’s vision from the very first few pages. States of mind and uneasiness give the reader a portrait of two completely different men, bonded by their weakness, their sense of isolation and their wounds due to the absence of a father’s love and being part of a broken family.

A story which shows how family values have drifted and changed in our society. A nuclear family which is, by now, completely disintegrated and which pushes us to find love somewhere else.

This is a sad story which is able, on the verge of the abyss, to give hope in the most unexpected of circumstances.
An intense writer who does not beat about the bush.

Translation by Francesca Pietroboni (edited by Sabrina Macchi)

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Giorgio Olivari
Giorgio Olivari was born in Brescia in June 1964. He received a technology-oriented education, and works as an industrial design R&D professional. After his first forty years spent as a reader he discovers writing by chance. The twist of fate is his enrollment in a Writing School. After that, sparks begin to fly and soon the fire is set. A fire that turns into tales, stories and thoughts, some of which collected in the book “Pretesti Sensibili” published by BESA Editrice in 2008. “Futili Emotivi”, his first short story collection, was published by Carta & Penna Editore in 2010, after winning the first prize at the 2009 Praeder Willi literary contest.