To inform is to be in battle. To make art (ask artists and critics) is to be at war, often a brothers' war. The resourceful legion of Artcore writers promises to always be on the lookout, sleeplessly waiting for enemies to pass by, and once close enough, to arrest them with the disarming power of their questions.
Adam Hasslet’s “Imagine Me Gone”, published in Greece by Metaixmio Publishing House, was voted by Time Magazine as one of the best novels of 2016. It is about the chronicle of a family which is stigmatized by the scourge of mental illness. A touching narrative of the life of three children, the three siblings who narrate one by one their story, with central figure the oldest brother, Michael, who suffers from some form of anxiety disorder. We had the honour to talk with the American writer, so we presented him with our queries and asked questions on his book.
A lover of books cannot but find this one extraordinary. “Confiteor” by the Catalan writer Jaume Cabré stands out, even judging by its cover: the image of a young well-dressed boy, the son of an aristocratic family of times gone by, with his brillantined hair perfectly parted on the side, reaching for the book of his choice in front of an enormous bookcase. It’s exactly how one imagines the hero of this novel, Adrià Ardevol y Bosch as a boy in 1950s Barcelona. “Confiteor” unravels the love confession, the unspoken truths, the colossal letter of an “absent-minded wise 60 year-old man” addressing his dead beloved, in his effort to give her a present that will live eternally, so that he also will go on living “everytime someone reads these pages”, before Alzheimer’s kills off his brain for ever, devouring his memories.
So, I came to take an interview of Craig Walzer, the owner of “one of the prettiest bookstores in the world” with “a very nice atmosphere” – as I heard a couple of tourists mentioning, while I was trying to persuade my feet to move, or else I would miss my flight back. However, I did not move, with the thought that this might be the last time that I set my eyes on Atlantis Books, since it might close down on the 20th of October for the price of one million euro.
On an impulse, I sent an email for interview to Tove Alsterdal and I felt surprised (again) of how receptive and approachable are certain people who although being famous for their work they have no sign of pomposity and I felt a certain amount of hope that everything may turn out better after all – for everyone-! Her book, “Women on the beach”, is a police noir- international best seller and talks about an issue that distress us a lot the last years -especially the last couple of months- the sociopolitical phenomenon of “illegal” immigration. At least as far as I am concerned “Women on the Beach” urged me to learn a little bit more about the cruel reality that illegal immigrants have to face.