Liam O’Flaherty – The Informer

A terrible beauty

Poverty and misery are the real protagonists of a betrayal occurring during twelve hours, su-perbly told by Liam O’Flaherty. Human beings often lousy, petty situations and pride’s flash-es, under a Dublin night, during the darkest moments of the tormented struggle that lead to the independence of Ireland, in the 1920s. The book is about a modern Judas who, squandering the money he received because of his infidelity to the cause, becomes, for theorganization he deserted, the lethal virus to defeat at any price. A disenchanted and unconventional novel about Irish history, with atmospheres and tension well balanced, and without stereotypes about the good ones (the Irish) and the bad on (the English). The characterization is splendid: the best described character is Dan Gallagher, leader of the organization, symbol of a lucid madnessoften associated with the most uncompromising revolutionaries. A believable portrait of human duplicity.

Translation by Clara Arosio (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)

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Giorgio Olivari
Giorgio Olivari was born in Brescia in the last century. He has been a professional in the field of industrial design for more than thirty years. After the first forty years as a reader he discovered writing by chance: a life’s joke. His forever partner enrolls him in a creative writing course: maybe for fun, more likely to get rid of him. A spark that, once lit, does not go out but becomes a narrative, stories, thoughts; some of which published by BESA in “Pretesti Sensibili - Sensitive Excuses” (2008). His first collection of short stories, “Futili Emotivi- Futile Emotions”, was published by Carta & Penna Editore in 2010. His passion for literature led him to “infect” other readers by coordinating reading groups: “Arcobaleno” in Paderno Franciacorta, “Chiare Lettere” in Nave. He actively collaborates with the literary magazine Inkroci with reviews and stories.