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Death is the only certainty we have in life. And yet we constantly push all thoughts of it away, stubbornly distracting ourselves, every single day. But what if we tried to imagine the unimaginable? What if we gave a face to the dark lady hiding in the back of the cupboard? What if we found the words to make friends with her? Everyone responds to death in their own way, of course, but this book offers a kind of handbook, a tool kit of poems, fears, fables, courage, experience, silence, tears, laughter, and imagination. In short, it contains “a thousand potions to kill the night”. Paolo Milone’s writing, which is formed of fiery fragments, lights up the darkness in a million different ways; ultimately we come to see our final separation like a helping hand that reaches out to us from beyond; it is the love-interest that we have been making ourselves beautiful for our whole lives.

Paolo Milone, a psychiatrist, was born in Genoa in 1954. He worked in a Mental Health Center and, later, in Emergency Psychiatry for over thirtyfive years. With Einaudi he published L’arte di legare le persone (2021 and 2022) and Astenersi principianti (2023).