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Feel like home

The first chapters of Stars of dust: A gift for you   In the last few years I have had the distress of a long list of things I don’t like to do, with the consequence I don’t know what satisfied me. Only now I can understand what I want, I suddenly realized it or maybe I…

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Dot space dot

  The first chapters of Stars of dust: A gift for you   Suspended between the show of the world and the show business without distinguishing the discrepancy, I assist with lack of motivation of the slow flow: even the most accurate GPS could guide me in the right direction where drive at. It’s a euphemism defining…

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Rider on the storm

  The first chapters of Stars of dust: A gift for you   I’ve always been a chronic immature, in the balance between the gears of passing time, a body which inexorable fades and the surrounding environment which judges my movements. Who am I really? What I let shine through and what do I hide? How do other…

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Candyland

  The first chapters of Stars of dust: A gift for you   Translated by Emilia Maiella Music, yoga, a book I’d like: everybody has the right of some revelry. If any authority supported this, I would vote him, no matter what. I don’t care about speeches stuffed with new meanings, life flies by too fast. The…

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Praise of tiredness

  The first chapters of Stars of dust: A gift for you   We are planets outside our orbit. We inhabit sepulchres for living beings where we leave photos that change every so often. We mark dates and reoccurrences, we post epitaphs that someone reads every so often but we also send messages to those who aren’t…

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In my country

The first chapters of Stars of dust: A gift for you   Translation by Yaiza Cañizares   6.45 pm. It is about to begin the yoga lesson. I arrived earlier. The instructor is talking to a lady who is usually my next-mat neighbour. I sit between them because I listened to their conversation. The woman takes her cellphone…

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Women

The first chapters of Stars of dust: A gift for you     Translated by Emilia Maiella At four in the morning, while I’m having a beautiful dream, suddenly the phone in the corridor rings. The one that only rings when a call-centre employee calls to sell me something I don’t want, that telephone that should never…

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Armed gang

    The first chapters of Stars of dust: A gift for you   Translated by Emilia Maiella A karst river of incandescent lava, here is my current state of mind. I am at the public park, walking with my mother’s dog, and I observe the world running slowly around me with the slowness of a pachyderm.…

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The doormat

The first chapters of Stars of dust: A gift for you   Translated by Emilia Maiella Old Alvaro’s bad mood, exhausted by senility, shows through when, getting home from a walking, he cleans his shoes in front of the door: if the doormat is not well aligned, it is certain that the atmosphere at Malacostas’ gets menacing.…

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Where is Happiness

    The first chapters of Stars of dust: A gift for you   I’m a quiet man. I’d happily stay in my neighbourhood meeting those three or four friends I still have, but this doesn’t mean I’m closed-off, on the contrary, I love to get out of my comfort zone, even if it doesn’t seem. I…

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Enrico Mattioli