The president of the jury of the international award “City of Como”, Andrea Vitali, He is optimistic about the narrative of contemporary Italian health: “In general – dice – It seems to be experiencing a good season, It was resurrected as for two decades in this part, after a while’ suffered, is a bit’ compressed if not negated by certain pundits who considered standard b, in favor of foreign fiction. I would say that it has taken its sweet revenge and now goes through as we said a prolific season”. sure, proliferate giallist… “Here, These are in my opinion a little drifts’ exhausting, now every country of the province has its assistant chief, her brutal murder to be solved. Mind you, nothing to complain about the quality of masters like Camilleri and Manzini, I like a lot, is a dignified genre that if well done ensures hours of reading enjoyable, but the yellow road is now covered by a plethora of authors. There is another type of narrative literature which I do not agree with and what I call literature 'fragrant', in color rosa, a powder’ too grueling in dealing with the topic of love, It is a reflection of what in music is called 'Italian melodic style'”. Today there is much talk about the book fairs, there is the challenge shots of tickets sold in the fair “Time of books” Milan and Turin historic hall that turns thirty. What do you think a successful author as Vitali? “I consider myself a craftsman writer, and I see on the market many authors who are like those flowers with shortness of breath, that last the span of a single day. Maybe because they do not have a strong background of readings and experiences. The writer was born from the player, it always has been and always will be. in conclusion, There are around meteors that last. the space of a single title. What I suggest instead is a surefire recipe, the challenge of the time they win the crafts fair. And honestly I mean that the writer must have clear ideas, maintain the direct link that binds him to readers, that they are not to betray but by loyalty without force. I repeat, I consider myself a craftsman, and I can not otherwise define my activities. I know I'll never write a novel that will reverse the fortunes of the world, but I just find that I belong to a group of narrators of stories, that have a narrative world under the eyes, a theater to tell”. And in this his Bellano theater that now millions of readers know and love, Vitali where does? “In this theater I drop in the most desolate characters, who live by their wits, who make occasional and poorly paid jobs. I envy you very fortitude, with which to pull campare, I admire the imagination that put them in facing the daily difficulties. I love these marginal figures and one of the most beautiful things I've discovered is that even in a microcosm such as that story and that is my existential theater overlooking Lake Como, there are people like these, and they have their own secret humanity that is often not taken into account. I like their viewpoint on things, because it often allows a reversal of perspective with respect to what happens: I gladly put myself in imagination across the desk, by dressing of these illusory figures, as the thief of my latest novel “To sing was the dog”. These characters are the children of the feelings that I feel lonely when I do laps in my country, Bellano, and I find that there is always a life different from the official one, beyond the usual scope that includes the square, the town hall and rectory. Here I explore and I find narrative material.”
We thank Andrea Vitali for the time granted and say goodbye with one last question regarding his work as sworn in the prize “City of Como”. Which judgment criteria adopted? “I always try linearity in telling something. The narrator must have something to say, and be convincing, and to do so must not force the reader to make special efforts to follow the rhythm of the story. These are the two fundamental things. This does not imply poverty of speech. One of my teachers , although I never met him personally I consider this, is Leonardo Sciascia: a creative intelligence model where the masterful use of vocabulary creates a write but always very understandable”.