Tre ciotole. Rituali per un anno di crisi
Every book by Michela Murgia is an event. This is a novel of interlocking stories. The distinct voices of the characters in these stories, all unknowingly linked, make this a book that is both intimate and universal, where the real protagonist is the time of radical change, the threshold of events that overturns the paradigm of every biography, when existence turns on a dime and nothing can stop it. One evening you sit down at the table and the life you knew is over. Sometimes it is a mourning, an injury, a dismissal, an illness, the loss of a certainty or a love, but always it is a change in the horizon of your hopes that leaves you no escape. Crossing that crisis line shows that sometimes the best response to a disaster that you do not control is a disaster that you do control, even if you are the one who generates it. In a state of grace, like the great narrator of Accabadora, Murgia writes a highly original book for all of us that refers to a constellation of other books. Fitzgerald’s The Crack-up, Herringel’s Zen in the Art of Archery, Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.
Michela Murgia made her literary debut in 2006 with Il mondo deve sapere. She won the Premio Campiello with her novel Accabadora. Her books have been translated and published in over thirty countries. She and Chiara Tagliaferri co-wrote Morgana. Storie di ragazze che tua madre non approverebbe (ed. Mondadori, 2019), a book inspired by the widely successful podcast with the same name created in 2018 for the platform Storielibere.