Francesco Abate

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Francesco Abate (Cagliari 1964) is a writer and a journalist. He worked as a dj called Frisko. His novels are: Il Cattivo cronista (Il Maestrale 2003); Ultima di campionato (Il Maestrale 2004; Il Maestrale/Frassinelli 2006); Getsemani (Il Maestrale/Frassinelli 2006). He wrote two novels together with Massimo Carlotto: Catfish (Aliberti 2006) e Mi fido di te (Einaudi 2007). His debut novel Mister Dabolina (Castelvecchi 1998) is now republished in this renewed remix.

I ragazzi di città (Boyz in the hood)

In this story, nothing is what it appears. Furio Grimaldi plays a double role in the comedy of his life: model lawyer in day time and dj in the nights. But his double-face mask is just a symbol of even deeper duplicities in rough backgrounds.

Furio is the guru of the Family, group of dee jays and rappers sharing their passion for the black rhythmes of hip hop and funky music. The other components of this Family are: Max (the rapper and impudent libertine), François (brawny and quiet manager of a music store) Joan and Gina (young but hard). Another summer has come in this nameless island, easily recognizable as Sardinia, the city youth move from downtown to the coast side and burn their lives in alcholic nights. The Family is the protagonist of this season made of fiery dancefloors, capucinos at daybreaks, crowded beaches under the hottest sun. Life is pushed too far in search for passions and emotions but a murder will put an end to all that turning a dream into a nightmare. The noir plot is developed beside the own stories of the characters and their often tragic and morbid past. These unavowable secrets are known just by the ghost of the drag queen Peppino moving in this story as a silent witness of the characters' sins.

Il cattivo cronista (The bad reporter)

 

How has the protagonist of this story end up lying in a hospital bed, delirious from morphine, with both arms and legs broken, and everybody wants to praise him? One will figure out time travelling to a year ago in the protagonist's life. One will figure out following Rodolfo Saporito, Rudy for short, crime correspondent, moving between the editorial office of the newspaper he works for and the squalid outskirts of a big coast town made of music at full blast, blue drinks and speed hangovers. Rudy is the focus of this story, because he manages the story with his own voice, braggart and cocky, he thinks he can manage people and situations in the same way. Around Rudy, a carousel of stories and people which are part of the various and even touching mankind of this novel. A carousel that Rudy moves whit no qualms feeding his enlarged ego. Barring accidents.

 

Already translated in:

France - Le chroniqueur sans coeur (La fosse aus ours, 2009)

 

Ultima di campionato (The last match of championship)

 

Collision between sport and culture, between the glory of the body and the glory of the mind. The protagonist of this duel is Vanni Visco, a sensitive mind destined by his family to the soccer field, standing alone against the crowd of sportmen and supporters. Acclaimed world-beater despite himself, Vanni's last hope to survive is to ingeniusly cope with the cynic soccer world. Visco "the sensitive" thinks up solutions to deal with his inadequaty. The cure is just the strenght of his mind, in his mental library. The measuered whisper of his favorite literary passages, held in his memory, is an almost physical energy protecting him from a life that doesn't belong to him, an energy burnst in the ground and in his relationship with women. This novel is a parabola starting from " the most beautiful championship in the world" to the portrait of an era destabilized by the culture of the challenge and the victory no matter what. A visionary novel, funny, nihilist, written with the fast beat of a counter breakaway and a plot full of "coup de théâtre"

 

Already translated in:

France - Derniere journee de championat (La fosse aus ours, 2006)

 

Getsemani (Gethsemane)

In a mediterranean city, in a place where it used to be a century-old olive grove, a wild parcelling out created a garden suburb, called Getsemani: cottages, lawns, swimming pools and expensive cars, a mall and, of course, a tiny bank. Just here, in the bank, the story starts: with an attempted bank robbery and three hostages under the fire of an armed woman. But in Getsemani what it seems is never what it is: the bank robbery represents the neighbourhood's vocation, where the betrayal is the norm. With a flashback game, the author pieces togheter the stories of the different characters: who has success is going to lose everything, who tried to redeem himself from an illegal youth will fall again eventually, who for love bears the unbearable. Crossing and crashing lifes that show to the reader a row slice of life: the portrait of a sociey with no ideals, unable to chase them, devote to compromise, doomed to failure.


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