Sister Stop Breathing
by Chiara Barzini (Goodreads Author)
Fiction. Art. SISTER STOP BREATHING is Chiara Barzini's debut collection of short fictions (with color art by Cal A. Mari). Gary Shteyngart described it as: "The best thing to come out of Italy since espresso, and it opens your eyes and quickens your heart just as fast." And Jonathan Ames had this to say about it: "These kaleidoscopic arrangements of sentences and situatio...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published 2012 by Calamari Press
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Barzini is someone new to me, but I loved the mix of irreverence and carefully postured prose - like Lutz meets Vonnegut, in a way, or a dirty kind of Lutz, or something else entirely that was both polished (vocab, phrasing) yet raw (situation, narrative lines). Highly recommended and available in a dbook from Calamari too, which means you could be reading it, like, five minutes from now, which is cool.
Really great short pieces really precisely written in a way that seems almost sarcastic. Each story borders on the fantastic but stays rooted in everyday life, like a great fairy tale. It's a really fun, funny, and beautifully written book of shorts. I'd never heard of Barzini before and bought the book because Calamari hasn't ever put out a book I didn't like, so you should get a copy!
Chiara Barzini is a screen and fiction writer. Films written by her have been distributed in Italy, Spain, Japan, and Latin America. The most recent one, “Into Paradiso” premiered at the 67th edition of the Venice Film Festival. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Noon, Bomb Magazine, Sleepingfish, Or, The Encyclopedia Project, The New Review of Literature, The NY Tyrant as well as The V...moreMore about Chiara Barzini...