Rome, Temple of Hadrian - Rome Chamber of Commerce, 19 April 2018. The Steering Committee of Strega Award, promoted by Maria and Goffredo Bellonci Foundation e Witch liqueur with the contribution of Chamber of Commerce of Rome and in collaboration with BPER Banca, selected i twelve books that the LXXII edition will be played.
Tales Editions, a small Roman publishing house aims for this very important prize on a debut writer like Elvis Malaj, who writes in Italian, brings stories that have a thread that keeps him tied to his identity and Albanian origins, becoming a peculiar element in a country like Italy, where the battle for the ius soli is still discussed and suspended .
"We are thrilled that our first Italian author, who also made his debut with a tiny publishing house and a collection of short stories, ended up in the dozen of the Strega Award. For the publishing house it is an important recognition of the work and research done, now we hope that many will read it and can discover it"- trusts our newspaper to its publisher.
Elvis Malaj, class 1990, was born in the district of Malësi e Madhe, in Albania, and moved to Italy from the age of fifteen, first in Alessandria, and today in Padua, where he lives and works.
He finished his first novel, The sea is round, and a collection of stories, From your terrace you can see my house (Short stories).
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The authors for the Strega Prize are playing the most important recognition of the Italian national fiction. Of particular note are the authors who write in a language that is not their mother tongue and who have chosen Italian, such as Malaj and Janeczek.
At least six votes that were required to enter the 12 candidate books, selected by the Steering Committee among the 41 titles reported.
The dozen is as follows: Marco Balzano, I stay here, Einaudi; Carlo Carabba, As a young man, Marsilio; Carlo D'Amicis, The game, Mondadori; Silvia Ferreri, Eva's mother, NEO Edizioni; Helena Janeczek, The girl with the Leica, Guanda; Lia Levi, This evening is already tomorrow, Edizioni E / O; Elvis Malaj, From your terrace you can see my house, Racconti Edizioni; Francesca Melandri, Right blood, Rizzoli; Angela Nanetti, The favorite son, Neri Pozza; Sandra Petrignani, The pirate. Portrait of Natalia Ginzburg, Neri Pozza; Andrea Pomella, Light years, ADD Publisher; Yari Selvetella, The farewell rooms, Bompiani / Giunti.
With its "From your terrace you can see my house", Malaj invites us to be more attentive to our neighbors, to our neighbors, who we often consider to be distant and unknown, but who in reality, in the precise case, between our two Italian-Albanian shores is not far away.
To think that once it was the Albanians who secretly watched Italian TV and dreamed of Italy through the images that Italian TV commercials presented. From there, to the Albanian biblical exodus and to the concrete experiences of the Albanians in Italy with the most important proof of their life, emigration.
Malaj in his collection of stories also focuses on the inadequacy of young people in a new environment, in a new school, relying on their experience in a foreign school, in a foreign country.
The books of the dozina on Amazon
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