Flaskback, the new novel by Cristina Comencini – Books

Flaskback, the new novel by Cristina Comencini – Books
Flaskback, the new novel by Cristina Comencini – Books
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(ANSA) – ROME, 02 SEPT – CRISTINA COMENCINI, FLASHBACK (FELTRINELLI). The Paris Commune, the Bolshevik Revolution, the Resistance, the Sexual Revolution: four great epochs of rebellion narrated through four ordinary women, and therefore extraordinary. ‘Flashback’, the new novel by Cristina Comencini, which marks the happy return of the author in Feltrinelli, arrives in bookstores on September 27th.

“They appeared in a vacuum and recreate a hidden genealogy, as if they were my ancestors or even more” writes Comencini in her most personal book, in which she subverts the canon of the autobiographical novel and brings to light the hidden half of history.

There are four moments of absence, four flashbacks that produce an extraordinary sensation: “I didn’t exist and I didn’t have my name and my story”. The narrator, in which the reader does not struggle to recognize the author herself, in a particularly difficult period of her life, begins to suffer from brief loss of consciousness that plunges her into stories that are wider than her. She lives that she tries to hold on to herself when she comes to her senses: because the four women of the past who visited her entertain an underground correspondence with her present.

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As happens with Eloisa, cocotte desired by nobles and intellectuals, whose existence is subverted by participation in the Parisian Commune of 1871. The meeting with Eloisa, the desire to follow her story, ends up marking the end of the narrator’s marriage. Because, Comencini suggests, “literature is a hidden and dangerous existence”.

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Instead, the vision of Sofia offers her a measure of her loneliness, a girl who wants to become an actress but on her way meets two extraordinary guys, Sergio in whose character we recognize Ejzenstejn, and Gregori, and here her projects are diverted by love, and the October Revolution. The third girl who appears to the narrator is Elda, a young Friulian worker at the time of the Second World War, in the merciless winter between 1944 and ’45. The fourth of her is a seventeen year old from Swinging London with whom we retrace the sexual revolution of the early sixties in her freedoms and in her misunderstandings. Heroines who embody a half of the long-hidden history that here instead Cristina Comencini, writer of books such as’ Family passion, The turkish coat, ‘The other woman’ and director of films such as Go where your heart takes you The beast in the heart ‘(2005, nominated for an Oscar for Italy) calls to exist so that it belongs to everyone. (HANDLE).

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