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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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The emotion I have in reading this book is that of trying to return to regular life following a shock or a loss and finding it severely wanting. It also reminded me of being in an altered state while running errands and seeing layers and filters and connections that I never noticed in my more standard mode of living, when I am on autopilot. I might call these meditations, the series of vignettes that comprise the book, but that implies a more purposeful, directed journey than I think is intended ...more
I am drawn to darkness. I am drawn to the darkness that comes from the normal, the extraordinary in the extraordinary that is just normal. Barizini is a credit to the prose-poet tradition, and to poets everywhere. Recommended for those who need a break from the Romantic and "hearty" (with the tears and the feelings and the thump thump of hearts) who need some adversity in their reading habits.
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.
Chiara Barzini is an Italian screen and fiction writer. She has lived and studied in the United States where she collaborated with Italian Vanity Fair, GQ, XL Repubblica, Rolling Stone Italy, Flair, and Marie Claire while publishing essays in American magazines such as the Village Voice, Harper’s, Vogue, Interview Magazine, Vice, and Rolling Stone. Her fiction has appeared in BOMB Magazine, The Co ...moreMore about Chiara Barzini...