modern epistolary novel
Through an account of minor events, the ensemble of these written
snippets recounts not only the progression of an illness
that deprives Cesarina Vighy of the ability to communicate,
but also the origin and writing of The last summer.
In these emails, difficulties, disability, and pain go hand in hand
with the self-affirmation and public success experienced by the author
within the narrow confines of the room to which her illness have
banished her. Standing out among the messages of love as power
and the fruit of intelligence are the emails to her “long-lost daughter”
with advice from a mother who has also been rediscovered.
«Cesarina Vighy, last born of our great writers.
And if you haven’t read her yet, consider yourself
very lucky». elle
• Distinctive in its great narrative structure and striking irony,
the collection has a close relationship with The last summer,
sharing interesting notions about and a behind-the-scenes
look at the world of publishing.
• The description of moods and sensations fully gives rise
to the figure of the author, a first-class intellectual capable
of transforming personal anecdotes into a tale of more
Born in Venice yet having resided in Rome
for decades, in 2009 she came out with her
first book, The last summer, a novel that met
with great success among readers and critics
alike, winning the Campiello debut book
award, the Cesare De Lollis Award and finishing
among the five finalists for the Strega
Prize. After a long struggle against als, Cesarina
died on May the 1st 2010 in Rome