Alberto Capitta was born in Sassari in 1954, and he currently lives and works there. He is the author of many plays. His novel Creaturine (Il Maestrale 2004, Il Maestrale/Frassinelli 2005) was finalist for the Premio Strega, one of Italy's most influential and contoversial Literary Awards.
Il cielo nevica
Nowadays, and old mother lives with her forty years-old son at the fringe of society. She has magic powers, she is a funny and irreverent enchantress, while the son is a lonely heart who is able to read the stars, and, under the moonlight he can talk with plants and animals. But this magic and poetic skills are not enough to survive: They lose their house, left alone by friends and neighbours they have to move in the strange world of an old lay up ship where they will meet a mixed comunity of have-nots. All these surprising events build up the destiny of the characters of Il cielo nevica, in the striking setting of an archipelago of northen Sardinia, close to Caprera, the Island where Giuseppe Garibaldi, The italian Risorgimento's hero, spent the last years of his life. And Garibaldi, as an anachronistic and surreal presence, plays as a second lead for these two amazing rebels.
Il giardino non esiste
Carmen, a little girl, has a confortable and happy life with her father, Romeo, her stepmother, Flora, her twin brothers and Innocenza one of the maids that work in her house. Everything seems to be going perfectly till Carmen starts to show early symptoms of an unmentionable disease: epilepsy. From now, everything is changing, the whole world seems to work against her. Her last solace is a beautiful garden, luxuriant of plants and animals where Carmen could take refuge in. Water snakes, rabbits, butterflies and a little jenny are the creatures whom she opens her heart. But life is going to put other difficulties on her way. Hated by her stepmother for her disease, Carmen undergoes a brain surgery and the operation will be a watershed not only between childhood and adulthood, but between immagination and reality too. Did her salvific garden really exist? There will be other important events in Carmen's lifetime: her runaway from home, her meeting with Donato, the ship with no destination, dreams and phantoms, events permanent marked by the loss.