With a gloomy thriller, this novel begins. A young woman staggers the middle of a spring night in the gardens of a residential district on the outskirts of Bari. Your body is naked and mauled. Of pools and hedges along she finally gets in the middle of the highway to Taranto. The fatal collision with a van is inevitable. At the same time, the narrator reports from a parallel universe along its fatal path. Meticulously he describes the activities of the small animals that downed woman is broken by the kingdom.
Beetles, owls, cats, vipers, swarms of moths, tucked down in the jungle and in the airspace above the dark and attracted by glaring lamplight, individuals and myriads, hunters and victims, Kluge and foolish, all self-absorbed and indifferent to what is from the woman.
the substrate animalistic behavior breaks as a narrative subject again and again through to the surface, because it reflects the feral thinking and actions of people at issue here.
Not that it would be either primitive people – on the contrary. But they have shed in their promotion to the executive level of the company, which distinguishes man from animals: empathy, moral, legal awareness, self-criticism. The uncompromising pursuit of power and size, coupled with material wealth has let them impoverished internally
This well-known motif designed by the Italian author Nicola Lagioia (born in 1973 in Bari, honored in his home with many awards, but. ) has not yet been translated into German in his fourth novel “La ferocia” an original, controversial way.
he went almost a year after its release in July 2015 from the three-stage selection of the Premio Strega as a clear winner. It boasts its unsparing critique of society as well as the narrative and stylistic force of the work. In September 2016 his book was published in translation by Monika Lustig secession-Verlag.
The central venue is Bari. Here Vittorio Salvemini has created over four decades from a small construction business a global empire. The breakthrough came with the purchase of large areas in herrlichster location that have been covered regardless of cultural, social or environmental concerns with dozens of small standard house and lucrative markets. Possible is something only if the local authorities, bankers and politicians are recovered to play along. With countless working lunch, glamorous parties, loud sponsorship of public institutions, confidential conversations and hidden favors Vittorio has woven a complex web of dependencies. Head of agency, judges, government officials, Star lawyers are among the most intimate friends of the family, and each is the other kind of obligation.
Vittorio Salvemini is the exponent of a modern entrepreneur type who believes himself almost omnipotent, because in his world nothing seems impossible. Wherever an obstacle emerges, it is only the correct stripping to pull to clear it out of the way. The technocratic-cold vision must hide all scruples, the fixation on one’s own well-being and growth pushes humanity into the background until it is eliminated. (Dt. Cruelty, coolness, heartlessness, barbarity, savagery) of the title phrase “ferocia” affects many facets of this novel – entrepreneurial hubris, social indifference and interpersonal cold are three of them
However, the situation has recently changed. Time. Critical media work and initiatives of committed citizens and politicians have raised public awareness of the preservation of natural resources, fueled discontent with felt and corruption, fueled distrust of elites and super-rich. Now threaten environmental authorities a massive project on Gargano shut down what the entire Salvemini Empire could bring down. Vittorio has to play poker high …
And just now Clara, Vittorio’s eldest daughter and wife is his chief engineer, under such circumstances unsavory killed. The well-oiled machine is in full swing: the police and the media can convince yourself that thing to communicate as suicide. tried to avoid the driver of the van, the Clara vain and is invalid as a result, get a condo for his silence. The regional church leaders judge it by arrangement, that the ‘suicide’ is buried in consecrated ground.
Vittorio’s family lives in harmony not quite as smoothly with the business interests, such as the construction tycoon would have wished. In the material abundance of Villa Salvemini four children grow up: Ruggero, Clara, and Michele Gioia latecomer. Ruggero has internalized the example of the parents. Straightway and in record time, he has pursued his international career and now heads back in Bari, the most prestigious cancer center in southern Italy. Even hard-nosed as his father, he often calls for help if it is to do unpleasant things. Thanks to the rise of the family reach now includes the medical sector.
Vittorio’s wife Anna Maria has never developed its own personality. Your role as a brilliant hostess she plays good cook, but warm it is not. Vittorio and their children, it is solidarity and too lenient. Without batting an eyelash, she takes in her family of the young woman the child with which Vittorio one of his many affairs lived out until she died in childbirth. But true mother love can still be fewer than their own children Michele.
daughter Clara is a torn character. On the one hand, it fits perfectly. In public appearances, they are racy attraction, converses intelligently and confidently, but plays their own game. Soon they in addition to the official private life, knowing that their relatives at best, but ignore: indiscriminate, humiliating relationships with men, drug, eruptions, breakdowns … Brav marries her efficient stuffy-the senior engineer in dad’s group, however, is cheating on him from the start . to unrestrained
There is only one man, sincere for Clara and applying sustained interest: Michele, next to her the second key figure in this novel. made of different stuff than his half-siblings, he suffers from the lack of emotional attention and his subtle exclusion in the family. External facilities and the unlimited freedom of an indifferent education mean to him any more than brand clothing, entertainment, performance. In school, he becomes a loner and eccentric. In dealing with the slightly autistic acting intellectuals, teachers are as clueless as the parents. Anna Maria is looking for a kurierbare diagnosis, insisting on psychiatric treatment. Cornered and desperate, Michele reaches the limit …
At this time has long since grown an intimate affective relationship, even complicity in the thicket of her family between Michele and the almost same age Clara. This team triggers conflicts that threaten the family and destroy itself. To them, the real tragedy takes place, and Michele’s union with Clara that drives the action until he revealed the secrets to her brutal death and those responsible has brought to justice: “He did not understand it well enough … the pain now, but his sister … her legacy, the difference between the dead body and what survived, and his sister was angry, he felt it, but had to necessarily face the different versions of the story to each other. “<
Anders as suggested by the tantalizingly like exposed in book presentations input episode Lagioias book is despite some elements of these genres no crime novel, not Noir and have the same no thriller. Rather, the novel unfolds an incredibly subtle and extensively applied psychological profile of the Salvemini family and their friends, which says the same about the state of Italian society during and after the Berlusconi era (and also about the state of many coastal landscapes). Clara’s death is heading (only) the symbolic structural point to which the development of the family, of reflection could trigger, is actually but cold manipulated until well it fits into the concept.
All this told Lagioia, translated and with some explanations developed by Monika Lustig, to over five hundred pages with admirable energy. The chronology has he broken down into countless fragments, thoroughly jumbled and cut together seamlessly. The time and topics jumps require permanent reorientation if you just entrepreneurial about Vittorio’s beginnings or its late crisis reads about Michele’s work as a journalist in Rome or his research in Bari, about Clara’s teenage escapades or one of the many encounters with her later lovers. The narrator can not blink, no sensation, no emerging sentiment, no ambient detail unmentioned, and his exquisite vocabulary seems inexhaustible as his repertoire of witty comparisons, bold metaphors, worldly-wise aphorisms. In this density, I often felt as mannered Lagioias style after the fascination of the first hundred pages slowly gave way to habit, to uniformly tiring. After differentiated introspection of the middle part – Michele’s difficult path to himself – until the final phase takes up the already-lost Krimiplot the beginning again
An important and challenging book is highly relevant that the award renowned by. literature prize has earned whose artificiality in character and formal design, however, impair its effectiveness.