Elvis Malaj is the first Italian author of Racconti. And it is Albanian. Or at least it is by birth: he studied in Italy and took over the lesson of Svevo and Pirandello, is - as he defines himself - "a self-taught literature".
With a naive voice and a candor to which our ears have stopped believing, From your terrace you can see my house stages the bewilderment and inadequacy of boys and girls from every country struggling with the first time or the first day of school, which then perhaps is a bit the same thing, at any latitude. All written in a prose that seems simple, but it is not.
Malaj is part of the Oblique team and it is difficult not to recognize Leonardo Luccone a great talent for having unveiled some of the most literally significant items of recent years.
"No matter how hard you try, no Italian can ever write this story.
Here is a new world, something that did not exist until ten years ago and that only now is someone beginning to tell.
Reading it, I suddenly felt the distance between what has been written and published by the "Italians forever" and this story - and I tried to imagine what Italian literature will be like in twenty or thirty years, and then I tried to ask myself how I would like it to be , and I began to hope that the works of Malaj are not an isolated case, that it exists, or that it begins to form, a new literature, full of contaminations, where the language, or intention, or structure is not different but the very matter of which it is composed » Paolo Zardi
Biography of Elvis Malaj
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 has published a story in the magazine Effe and is an author of the literary agency Oblique by Leonardo Luccone.
He finished his first novel, The sea is round, and a collection of stories, From your terrace you can see my house (Short stories).
Here on the bookseller Elvis Malaj tells his story.
Malaj, who calls himself "a self-taught writer of literature", is the first Italian author of Racconti. From your terrace you can see my house shows the bewilderment and inadequacy of boys and girls from every country grappling with the first time or with the first day of school, which then perhaps is a bit the same thing, to any latitude. All written in a prose that seems simple, but it is not.
Elvis Malaj - Appointments
Elvis Malaj in these autumn months you will be carried away by the wind and you will be presenting yours From your terrace you see my house a little here and a little there. This, for now, his itinerary:
- 11 November at the Pisa Book Festival
- 16 November Alghero at the Libreria Cyrano
- 17 November Macomer at the Ubik Emmepi Library
- 18 novembra Sassari at the Azuni Library
- 23 November Turin at the Pantaleon Library with Marco Lazzarotto
- 28 November Bologna at the Infomodo library