A familiar story. One could call this book an epic, a saga, a quest, a spiritual voyage, a family drama, an ode to the reenchantment of the world, a research into freedom. But at the end of the day, the purpose of Guirlanda is to present us with a familiar story.
A hefty tome with almost 400 pages, with soft cardboard covers and what feels like an embossed title, Guirlanda promises from the start an uncommon experience. On the surface, it may seem that this is quite a straightforward story, and it is so, to a certain extent. The time signature is linear, there’s a very conservative page composition approach, and despite the sub-division of the reader’s attention on two or three parallel storylines, they all diverge from the same point and end up united. But the path that the book invites us to traverse is found, as the cliché goes, in the journey itself. Continue reading “Guirlanda. Kramsky and Mattotti (Casterman)”