SACHA NASPINI, “OUR AbsENCES” (E/O, pp. 174 – 16.00 euro) – I think that discontent is the main character in the books, of the characters of Sacha Naspini, and it is represented in his most important novels, specifically “Houses of the Discontented”. That feeling of resentment, of a desired, emotional, or physical invasion that has cost dearly and then perhaps deeply disappointed and thus weighed down and made you resentful, turns into unhappiness and anger, affects and harms your life as a prisoner, and then the point becomes, for those who make it, “that they open up a corridor and get out somewhere.” And so, with this sentence, which ends in “Our Absences”, a novel published ten years ago and now re-proposed by Edizioni E/O after the success of the other books, from “Ossigeno” and “Nives” to “Robert Wright’s Voice” of this Maremma writer, And we add this adjective not to make Naspini’s production domestic, but because it’s really personal, I think it’s the historical roots of this discontent that always ends up being investigated.
Here then everything is grafted onto the elementary psychology of a ten-year-old from a petite bourgeois family, selfish as much as he feels invaded by his classmate, Michelle, who comes ‘from the depths of the trash’, a poor family who lives in a deserted corner. From the village, to which the protagonist and I the narrator always feel the credit for the toys, the clothes, and the food given to him every evening, when he appears at the door in time. Giving voice to this very young character, not in imitated childlike language, but in simple and direct writing, without pretensions from the grown-ups, in telling and describing himself, the author turns towards his most difficult books, which balance those mainly narrated. Even a thread of irony in their pain and treachery, in their indignation. A child betrayed by life and distinguished by an oblivious father, tells fairy tales and comes one day to look for the carabinieri, because he works for Enel, but is a tomb robber and escapes antiques, making him but in the eyes of his son also a kind of adventurous pirate who risks trying to make a lot of money and go To the legendary America.
Indeed, the desire to emulate, the dream of discovery that makes rich by solving all the problems, will be born in this child – moreover plump and harassed by his companions, while Michelle grows up to be a handsome boy – a desire to imitate, the dream of discovery that makes you rich By solving all problems. And the discovery will come, with the accidental discovery of what might be an Etruscan tomb in the woods by Michel, who nonetheless works to get his friend to get it back, after his father’s earnest behavior makes him move away from the hero’s home. .
And here begins the real story, the one that only begins to burn when you give great gratification, those marks in the depths, which disturb the existence between rage and nightmares, even trying to hit everything and start a potential outlet, so painful the path of liberation. As for the sons of the “Osigino” who are captured by the mental mechanisms unleashed by evil, even here, after the black, everything closes to this captive soul in the sign of hope. A story that begins in a simple way, for many of the characters is absolute biographical, which tells the village newspaper, a family life, a very young mother, left by her father, finds herself free and begins to enjoy life just like a 26-year-old woman, a grandmother imprisoned by the memory of her first love who struggles by making tarot cards for people and taking care of her grandson, then begins digging deep until everything falls apart on her. So you will have to come to terms with the real values, which are not money and America, but find out who you really are, close your accounts with the past, as your grandmother does, and being able to live at peace with yourself themselves, the thing that makes us fit in, engage us in it, always understand how hard it is That and something that must be overcome with commitment and perhaps suffering.