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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 an Italian screen and fiction writer. She has lived and studied in the United States where she worked as a correspondent for Italian Vanity Fair, GQ, Flair, Rolling Stone Italy, and Marie Claire. Films written by her have been distributed in Italy, Spain, Japan, and Latin America. Her writing has appeared in a variety of American magazines such as the Village Voice, Rolling Stone ...moreMore about Chiara Barzini...