Prisca Agustoni
Cosa resta del bianco
15×21 cm, 160 pp
ISBN 978-88-97308-19-5

Prisca Agustoni
The remains of the white

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: a beautiful choir of prose and poetry that sheds light on even the most ordinary aspects of everyday life. Painstakingly described images are interspersed with eloquent hints at things that we cannot see, and yet we feel.
Agustoni’s stories seek to bring out in the open what lies just below the surface of reality, and yet there’s no will to evade the real world, with all its doubts and mysteries and everyday trials.
After we shelve The remains of the white we feel that we are even more puzzled and doubtful than before, but we also find ourselves able to seize the soothing sparks of poetry even in the darkest of times.
Agustoni’s styles is terse, genuine, somehow fairy-like, and yet never predictable – just like her characters, the champions of a struggling humanity gasping for breath.

Prisca Agustoni was born in 1975.
Since 2003 she has divided her time between Switzerland and Brazil. She teaches comparative literature and Italian literature at the University of Juiz de Fora.
She is a poetess, a novelist, a children’s book writer and a translator; she writes in Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

En bref en français

Avec Cosa resta del bianco, la traductrice et poétesse Prisca Agustoni (auteure de Poesie scelte, Ladolfi, 2013) signe son premier recueil de nouvelles en italien. Plus de soixante nouvelles courtes, marquées par les sonorités et la langue d’un style travaillé, offrant des métaphores surprenantes et parfois un peu osées, mais dont la lecture n’en est pas moins aisée. Un rien précieux, parfois, mais sans rien entamer de la profondeur des thèmes, qu’on découvre à travers un regard féminin et délicat. Une invitation à la réflexion sur le corps et sur le rôle joué, pas toujours consciemment, par les hommes et les femmes. (yb, trad. vv)

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