Alessandro Barikko, whose world best-selling Silk is once again published by the ABC Publishing House.

“When you start writing, all you need is a good plot, an idea of ​​what the narrator’s voice will be, and a huge dose of determination. You may also need cigarettes – in large quantities. In the very first lines, the reader is offered a game, its rules are explained, and a hint is given as to what the reward will be if he agrees to enter this game with the author. The beginning cannot be delayed, very few play games where it takes more time to learn the rules than the game itself. Kafka’s “Transformation” has a great start, it’s better simply not possible: “Waking up one morning after a restless sleep, Gregor Zamza discovered that he had turned into a terrible insect in his bed.” Bad novels always have a bad start. But good novels with a bad start are few: if you will, War and Peace, starting with a huge quote in French,

The Silk novel for me personally began when I found out that in the 18th century there were people who, on duty, went half the world to buy silkworm larvae: I was shocked by the disproportion between the scale of the trip and the tiny purpose of the trip. I liked this rhythm of the pendulum, back and forth, every year, so that for six months we could find peace in the emptiness of everyday life … I used a similar plot scheme and wrote a love story, starting it with a description of an unusual craft. ”