Natalia Ginzburg – Dear Michele

 

The balance after ‘68

A well-balanced and delicate novel focusing on the early Seventies protests in a (almost minimalistic) fragmented familiar context, unable to communicate. It is not just the introversion of Michele, a ‘lost son’, but rather everyone’s inability to show their private emotions and sorrows that prevents communication, which is always attempted but never achieved.

Through a fragmentary and essential narration and the characters’ correspondence, Ginzburg creates a moving and intense portrait deserving to be called ‘unforgettable’.

Translation by Stefano Bragato (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).