Kate Christiansen – The Epicure’s Lament


Tough life for Epicureans

Christiansen’s work is not a masterpiece, but it’s still a good book. Hugo Whittier is the kind of likeable and cynical misanthrope that we can often find in American novels. After wasting his youth after bad habits, he retreats to his family’s isolated and dilapidated mansion to live alone by an “Epicurean’s style”. He is afflicted with a rare disease: smoking is killing him. And yet, despising death like Epicure, he decides to smoke himself to death. Despite his determination and according to the best American fiction’s tradition, life – in form of relatives and indiscreet friends – seems to win over cupio dissolvi. Will love come too, in the end? A not-so-original work, but clever.

Translation by Sara Di Girolamo

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Giorgia Boragini
Giorgia Boragini was born in Bologna some decades ago. She lives and works in Brescia. A graduated in law for necessity, and an untiring reader for passion, she loves to observe the world and, sometimes, to take stories from it. She attends creative writing workshops discontinuously. She collaborates with the literary magazine Inkroci. Her first novel, “Il copione del delitto” (The Crime’s Script, Liberedizioni 2013), obtained the second prize at the 2011 Manerba in Giallo literary contest. In 2017 her collection of short stories “Tipi da Bar” (Bar Types) was published (Prospero Editore). With “Never ruin the mid-August lunch!” (Liberedizioni, 2019) she got back to noir genre.