Lydie Salvayre – Against

“Against our bent lives and the glutted greedy people crushing them”.

France is the country Lydie Salvayre expresses her criticism against in this short, but meaningful, text but it might as well be Italy. After all, only an unfinished high-speed railway line divides us.
An outright pamphlet that spares nothing and nobody, even writers, and scrutinizes the main features of our so-called civilized society, attacking it with unceasing boldness.
A book shaking our consciences against inurement, and against acquiescence that makes us blind and deaf to the programmed public destruction. A book reminding us that we still have time left to become aware and to join Lydie Salvayre in a chorus to chant aloud our resolute, unswerving Against. A book to buy, to be quoted, and to be spread.

Translation by Michele Curatolo (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)

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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).