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Carlo Silini, “Il ladro di ragazze” (The Girl Snatcher), 15×21 cm, 464 pp, ISBN 978-88-97308-35-5, Novel/Historical Novel/Adventure Story, “A bold, daring, powerful story about people doomed for disaster that lived to tell the tale against all odds. Brigands and grave sages; reckless liaisons and blood-stained crimes; eye-for-an-eye justice and supernatural retaliation: what else does a novel need?Il Giorno. Drawing inspiration from his land’s lore, Carlo Silini has brought his novel’s world to life with fictional characters and people from the actual, documented past. The Ticino of old becomes the stage of a far-reaching, relentless manhunt. But there’s also room for romance, murder, stories of brigands and nobles and peasants, betrayal and revenge – churning out a tale of horror, passion and humour. [read more]


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Virginia Helbling, Dove nascono le madri (Where mothers are born), Novel, “The novel was awarded the Studer/Ganz prize for the best first work”. Motherhood is always a powerful, unsettling experience. The main character of this novel has just become a mother; her newborn girl is sleeping close to her in her hospital cradle, and she doesn’t even know how to pick her up. She must learn how to be a mother from scratch, while helplessly witnessing her own body’s distressing change. Her domestic life gets stuck in a rut: [Read more]


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Daniele Dell’Agnola, Anche i bruchi volano (Even grubs can fly), Novel, 12-year-old Felix lives in a city suburb. He’s a wild, restless, hyperactive boy, who delights in culture and hates going to school. He can’t stand Marcello Porcello, the son of his clumsy paediatrician who prescribes him huge amounts of methylphenidate. When Felix refuses to go to school, a horde of psychologists, educators, doctors and experts start analysing him. [Read more]


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Mario Casella, Nero-bianco-nero. Un viaggio tra le montagne e la storia del Caucaso (Black-White-Black. A voyage in time through the Caucasian mountains), Essay/Travel report, Winner of the 2013 ITAS prize, Winner of the 2011 Leggimontagna literary prize (fiction), 9th edition, and Shortlisted for the “Exploration and Voyages” category of the 2011 Gambrinus “Giuseppe Mazzotti” prize (29th edition). After the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, the Olympic flame passed on to Sochi, a Russian city on the western edge of the Caucasus. A spotlight was thus shone on the southern border of the Russian Federation: the media started focusing on the tensions between Russia and Georgia, on the acts of terrorism in the Caucasus republics, and on the debate around the works for the Olympic Games in Sochi. Journalist and mountain guide Mario Casella, and Russian alpinist Alexey Shustrov have undertaken a journey – mostly by ski – across the boundless Caucasus… [Read more]


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Mario Casella, Calendario verosimile (A likely calendar), Tales, Drawing inspiration from his bustling life experience as a mountain guide, journalist and documentarist Mario Casella has come up with the idea of a “likely calendar”, whose events take place from Siberia to the Himalayas, in America and in Europe. “No way! Are you kidding me?” is what most of us can’t help thinking when people brag about the most unlikely stories. Every story in this book might or might not be [Read more]


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Oscar Matti, “The Househusband. A Day in the Life of the Modern Man”. An entertaining account of a day in the life of a man who has chosen to turn traditional family roles on their heads by becoming a househusband. With a touch of irony he tells us about everything that a househusband has to deal with: looking after the kids, getting them ready for kindergarten, breakfast, household chores, lunch, dinner (as he waits for his “working wife” to come home), [Read more]


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Maria Rosaria Valentini, Antonia, Novel, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The language and plot are very good; its lively depiction of events, characters and places is remarkable. The twofold-perspective strategy is absolutely brilliant – two points of view that tell the same story and ultimately give the same hopeful message Giorgio Bàrberi Squarotti”. Ciarli is a sad, misanthropic geologist who spends his life telling himself the story of his family. He struggles to understand it, to piece things together in an attempt to make some sense out of the past that made him a lonely wanderer. His maze of loneliness and regret, though, can never change: Ciarli is like a spider stuck in its own cobweb. When his grandfather dies at almost 100, however, his life gets abruptly turned on its head: during the burial, Ciarli sees his long-lost cousin Antonia, a dazzling beacon in his life… [Read more]


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Maria Rosaria Valentini, Di armadilli e charango… (Of armadillos and charangos…), Maria Rosaria Valentini’s work lasted for several years. When an old woman from the south told Valentini the story of her own grandmother – who was kidnapped by brigands –, she was inspired to write a collection of stories. The collection has grown far beyond expectations [Read more]


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Maria Rosaria Valentini, Quattro mele annurche (Four anurkas), Four anurkas is a book that should be passed over in silence: any hint or clarification about it would mar its crystalline beauty. And yet it is a book that deserves to be talked about – maybe in subdued tones. What can we say, then? [Read more]


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Flavio Stroppini, Pellegrino di cemento (The concrete pilgrim. Le Voyage d’Orient a century after Le Corbusier), A story told on the road. Le Corbusier left Berlin in 1911 and set out on a voyage that would last the whole year. He visited Germany, Bohemia, Austria, the Balkans, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Istanbul and Athens, going as far as Mount Athos. [Read more]


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Flavio Stroppini, Niente salvia a maggio (No sage in May), Short Story, There’s a common saying that goes: “If you eat sage in May, you will live longer”. The title of this story refers to – and quite ironically reverses – the saying. “Amidst the whole lot of the world’s facts & numbers, on the very last page of the national press, there was a tiny agency dispatch: a suicide. A man built a guillotine in his bedroom and beheaded himself. Apparently, he managed to build it in just one day, while his family wasn’t at home. Why did he do it? I felt that man wanted to tell us something. I had to understand.” This short introduction hints strongly at the book’s leading theme [Read more]


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Mattia Cavadini, Un cielo blu genziana (A gentian-blue sky), Short Story, This short story is based on the life of a luminary in Swiss culture: architect Tita Carloni. Before he died, he would often repeat something – something that left a mark on the author of this book: “There will be nothing but cement below the fog. Only animals and those who successfully adapt will survive”.[Read more]


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Prisca Agustoni, Cosa resta del bianco (The remains of the white), Tales, A move; an encounter; prudent eyes peering through the night; a tropical garden; a bus stop; mysterious strangers returning to a village; an unfinished love, caught between passion, hatred and remorse; a lunatic Pole whose life is a puzzle; an aimless journey – all this is the multifarious cosmos of Prisca Agustoni’s stories. What makes these short stories unique is their language:[Read more]


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Fabio Caminada, Il ponte della luna (The moon bridge), Novel, Seemingly unconscious Gianmarco starts reliving all of his memories. As a child, he was adopted by an overprotective woman who wouldn’t tell him about his past and origins. His adoptive father would basically ignore him. Anxious to spice up his drudging life, Gianmarco finds sanctuary in unrestrained behaviours. While in an institution, he becomes acquainted with Anselmo, the old, grumpy gardener, who takes [Read more]


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E+C Minguzzi, Il codice della follia (The insanity code), Novel, Achilles, Althea, Hermes, Pan, Theseus – these people all come from Greek mythology, and they all have something in common: a series of heinous murders. Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. A serial killer spreads terror amidst the locals: he kills and dissects his victims and then throws them in the lake after bagging them along with some rose stems. The police suspect the residents of an expensive sanatorium headed by psychiatrist Herbert Kampitsch. On the tail of the murderer there are also [Read more]


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Alessia J., Fallimento terapeutico (Therapeutic failure. A true story), Going through the pages of this book wasn’t easy. It’s the story of a painfully slow pilgrimage through hospitals, through way too many intensive-care and rehab wards. And yet it was worth asking my soul to make such an effort – and it will be worth it for you, too, if you want to be the witnesses of yet another therapeutic failure; another breakdown in healthcare provision.[Read more]


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Giorgio Noseda, Una finestra nella tua casa (A window in your home. Palliative care and comfort in illness), Preface by Hans Neuenschwander, Essay, The word “palliative” comes from the Latin “pallium”, a woollen cape that ancient Romans used to wear on a shoulder and wrap around the body to protect it. In modern medical science, the word “palliative” has come to mean something else – something slightly depreciative: a palliative is a mock remedy, basically a hoax which cannot possibly cure diseases. A patient’s husband, for instance, asked us not to give his wife any “palliative care – just proper medicine, for God’s sake!”. People often forget that the word “palliative” actually refers to several cares which would be better defined as “supportive cares” and which are employed in very diverse conditions. In fact, palliative cares are [Read more]


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