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    The first chapters of Stars of dust: A gift for you   Tired days in July. The holidays still far. The instability of time. The shutters of many shops have been replaced by residential doors. The evictees have profited from the bankruptcy of the shops and now they live in them. A girl shakes off…

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Living with no money

  A gift for you: DEAR CUSTOMER     It’s half past nine a.m.. I am back from my early morning rounds. I stopped in front of the senior centre, watching the expressions of those retired people engaged in outdoor games. Bowls, cards, morra. By now they will have already gone back inside to shelter…

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Stars of dust – chapter two

      Certificate of deposit – CC BY-NC-ND As a gift for you, the first chapters of Stars of dust   My surname has origins from Campania, but my grandparents moved to Rome after the war. Aldo, my father, responsible for human resources at Poste Italiane, had worked in Sardinia, Lombardy, Marche, and during a…

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Stars of dust – chapter three

    Certificate of deposit – CC BY-NC-ND As a gift for you, the first chapters of Stars of dust   Troubles in my career began in a theater of the distant Este, province of Padova, on account of a show called Confessions of an actress of failure, which was staged harassment suffered by a girl…

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Stars of dust

        As a gift for you, the first chapters of Stars of dust   NOTES Documentation work meets many resistances. Few people willingly accept that an outsider insinuates himself into their operating environment to try and reproduce it. Many will find in that attempt aspects treated marginally, they will question their authenticity. Stars…

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Dear customer – chapter two

    As a gift for you, the first chapters of Stars of dust   Contact with the audience was intriguing and perverse. The customers were tormented with the idea of gifts such that, the more they spend, the more they accumulated points. Paradoxically, they were only supposed to know how good those gifts were, in…

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Dear customer – chapter four

      Certificate of deposit – CC BY-NC-ND As a gift for you, the first chapters of Stars of dust   The Saturday Bus Stop. If I missed this intersection with Belinda, the day was going to go wrong. That day, I saw her getting on the bus next to mine. Everything seemed to be…

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On my generation – chapter four

        Certificate of deposit – CC BY-NC-ND     Reviewing Ursula reopened the memories drawer. She was Duilio’s lover, today the Banda Larga’s barman, but who at that time was John Lee D, the rock king of our neighbourhood. He was the king and she was his queen. They only went out…

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On my generation

        As a gift for you, the first chapters of Stars of dust   NOTE The generations following the 1970s – so also mine – have no characterization. I mean that in the ’60s they talked about flowers’ power of flowers and universal love, the 70s were marked by controversy and terrorism, but…

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Cages – chapter two

      Certificate of deposit – CC BY-NC-ND   As a gift for you, the first chapters of Stars of dust   Baresi calls me on the phone of the corridor to inform me that the next day the delegation of an important Canadian company will come and that they requested the first conference room…

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Enrico Mattioli