A few days ago, reading the usual pages on the internet, I stopped to look at the latest book by Dones "Little perfect war". I read "Little Perfect War". I reread it the next day. It is still in my bag that I take with me to work, this novel has become part of me.
One is never ready to read lines full of scratches of the soul, full of cruelty of cursed wars, because one is never ready to identify the human being capable of so much ignorance in the name of no one knows what evil power.
Perfect little war is a novel that pierces the tranquility of the West with the elegance of the story. It highlights the soul of a people brought before history with the terrible impetuosity of war. Kosovo becomes the protagonist of existential doubts and belonging to the much-confused Ballkan.
The author carries in front of us and inside us the war of women and children. She manages to penetrate the pains and dignities in the almost forgotten war of this small country. "This is a novel, not a historical essay, and the only person responsible for the mixture of real events and romantic realities is obviously the author" - Dones writes in closing, as if to avoid future controversies on the facts narrated. Each character becomes character and each character becomes history, the father becomes the fathers, the daughter finds herself in her daughters and life turns into the ashes of a mad death. War does not belong to anyone, in the end it becomes "all of us".
I associate this novel with the small torch that illuminates absolute darkness with determination and truth. The escalation of every character and history makes the land of Kosovo the most important part of the characters; it can be taken on journeys of hope, or it can be kept within the walls of the heart and of "Albanian" living.
Elvira Dones it manages very well to express women through their fragility that evolves in the extreme courage of survival. In Kosovo of Dones you are a woman while you are born, you grow up, you are a woman while you live, while you love, while you fight the mad war of "Why do you carry the surname you carry". Through the physical and mental journeys of the protagonists of this novel, the desire for history is reflected in any human entity, of that history which, as usual, is crippled by the will of governmental and non-governmental powers.
A story that the writer does not tell but lives, made of truth and pain, of hope and doubts, of fortunate or disastrous encounters. The characters in this novel are alive and able to interact with the reader. They manage to tell their story with the courage of words and truth. Strong and conscious triangles of experience of the tragic moment, journeys of non-natural departures and lives marked by the murky river of war.
Narrating this truth is always attentive to the colors of life and death, maintaining a lucid reason and traveling in the wounded and bloody souls of Kosovo, is undoubtedly a unique ability of the writer.
Thanks to a simple language but of strong substance and color it involves the consciences of the readers. The perception of the world descended and enclosed in this book is alive, clenched in fists made of stories and experiences, the anguish and horror of a world drawn in the mountains of the Balkans tired and turbulent. A world of children already born large and of women and men flying over the limits of survival.
The days of the war cross memories and become the fluid bed of the novel. The writer walks on the mosaics of stories and with the elegance and strength of the word she herself becomes a living part of that war that marked the horror in the lives of those who really lived the war. A novel that must be read, understood, humbly respected for the courage and strength of mind of telling the story.
Who is Elvira Dones
Elvira Dones, born in Durres, wrote the first seven books in Albanian and the last two in Italian, her adopted language. He published in Italy "Sun burned" in 2001 and "Vergine giurata" in 2007. He has directed a series of award-winning documentaries in France, Italy and the United States for Swiss TV. In the 2008 he won the important Grinzane Cavour Foundation Award for Euro-Mediterranean culture. He lives in the United States today.
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