Vittorio Curtoni – White on black

How can you die

White on black presents nine short stories of Vittorio Curtoni, a great master of Italian science fiction, preceded by a masterly introduction written by Valerio Evangelisti. The book is an unequal anthology, with strokes of genius and bombastic nonsense, where happily the former prevails. If the inclusion in this anthology of the short story The gay bomb (1982) and I bite first (2007) could have definitely been avoided, and if Sexual incident’(197…- 2011) is nothing more than an amusement end to itself, The man, the umbrella and other things (1967) and I see you (1999) are authentic bravura passages, and the three most recent short stories, It’s not that I don’t understand me (2008), Empathic Procedure (2010), and White on black (2011), are small memorable masterpieces, making the purchase of the entire collection absolutely worthwhile.

Born in Piacenza, the writer Vittorio Curtoni is never trivial. He knows how to produce stories between science fiction and current events, which leave their mark. Even the writer’s engraving style supports the story contents, which are never lacking. The short story giving the title to this anthology, a philosophical and spiritual testament of the author who passed away just a few months after this writing, gives the creeps, reminding us not that we all have to die, but how we all can die. Science fiction and fantasy are also this, when they are left to a writer who makes of his lucidity and lively intelligence the tools of his craft. Unforgettable.

Translation by Matteo Ciucci

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Heiko H. Caimi
Author and screenwriter, he has been teaching Creative Writing since 1999. He collaborated with the Publisher Tranchida from 2007 to 2009 as a teacher at Forrester School, as a member of the management board and as an editor of the editorial board, as well as an author of the on-line magazines "Gluck59" and "Teneke". He has worked as a writer of short stories with Mondadori and GVE publishers and publishes short stories, articles, reviews and poems with various on-line magazines. He participated as a poet in the VII Annual Carovana dei Versi (Caravan of Verses) in 2012-2013, and some of his works have been be published in 2013 in an anthology by the publishing house Abrigliasciolta of Varese. He has taught courses on writing and screenwriting at the Egea Bookstore of Bocconi University in Milan, at I.I.S. A.Lunardi in Brescia in several libraries and associations in the district of Brescia and in some Swiss schools. A film for which he wrote the screenplay has been optioned twice. He worked as a writer in an international production ("Haiti Voodoo", 2011). A long time ago he played in several bands and collaborated on several short films. He currently lives and works in Brescia. Since 2002 he has been Chairman of Magnoliaitalia, and since 2013 he has been teacher and Conductor at the Writing Parlour in Brescia, a professional school for writers.