I started writing after being sentenced to life imprisonment, when I stopped living, so I started to live again finding freedom and eventually myself.
Once my cellmate, I saw me write every day, he asked me why I did and I had replied that first writing to let you know something more than I do to my children and the people who loved me, then to give my contribution to raising awareness of the prison to the outside world and had cited a phrase found written on the wall of a Nazi concentration camp: I have been here and no one will ever know. Here, This for me was the worst thing.
When a writer is never sure of anything. It is not true that one writes for himself, He always writes for others. He writes to feel alive. I, in 27 years in prison, I have also written to prove to myself that, although it was locked in a cell, covered with cement and iron bars and armored gates, not only I breathed, but I was also alive.
As we know, Literature is the soul of a country and I am strongly convinced that in Italy the justice and prisons are those that are because, unlike other countries, our lack a prison social literature. From the universe prison there's news but do not get a piece of information “from below", so I think it's important for prisoners to inform the public of our hell "Patrie Galere" that our leaders have created and govern badly.
In the outside world now people write little, or because they do not have time or because they are busy watching their phones, why I think a new contemporary literature can only come through the bars.
In this sixth edition of the Literature of Como City International Award organizers have decided to participate detainees (including those in alternative sentences) with exemption from payment of the fee. He said and written recently in prison: here is an opportunity to do so, because real writers to tell their stories need to invent, but we are more fortunate than them because we just need to remember and look around. Then the great writers, giving advice to aspiring, have always said that to become authors must have lived a lot and we, for better and especially for worse, we did it.
I appeal to the families of the detainees to communicate with their relatives who have this important opportunity to participate in this essay contest and to get them the entry form, along with other information, you will find on the site: www.premiocittadicomo.it