Sunday, 28 January 2018
TIES by Domenico Starnone
Affairs are rarely positive in fiction, which is I think interesting. Does this reflect life? Or does this reflect a morality we wish applied to life? In any case, TIES is an unusual and very excellent upending of the traditional story. It made me wonder what is going on in Italian fiction. It reminded me of the remarkable Italian author Elena Ferrente, and her novel DAYS OF ABANDONMENT, which tells a similar story from the wife's perspective (and very similar; Naples, elderly upstairs neighbour, smallish children). Then you guys I googled it and, Starnone and Ferrante are not just both Italian authors, and not just both from Naples, and not just both married, but they are married to each other. This somehow confounds me. What a strange joint literary project. I don't know why, but I find it kind of sleazy.