Barbara Garlaschelli – Sisters


Love kills

Amelia and Virginia are two sisters living isolated from the rest of the world. Amelia is determined and dominant, Virginia is submissive and romantic. A mysterious tragedy has tightly bound them together in the past, forging them into a relationship of mutual dependence. The arrival of Dario, a canvasser who takes advantage of his charm to convince them to financially support him, will cause distress within the unstable balance of their relationship – and it will also force them to come to terms with their past.
Written in a light style, Sisters is a tensed, small-town noir novel in which the mystery is solved little by little along with the unravelling of the protagonists’ personalities. Revelations are instilled through a series of anticipations and flashbacks until the shocking epilogue. Barbara Garlaschelli manages to use the genre’s cliches with outstanding ease, and builds up a predictable tragedy through impalpable allusions and a deliberately crystal-clear and sensible style. A chilling and dramatic psychological portrait which is difficult to forget.

Translation by Stefano Bragato (edited by Sabrina Macchi)

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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).