3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2008
funnily enough i read this book in english, although i am italian, because i got an english version as a present.
i guess i missed on the accent of mr. carlotto.
i think it takes to be italian and of the right generation to even come close to understanding what happened to massimo carlotto e to an entire generation.
it is, in a smaller scale, a trial of what happened since 2001 in the world. with the excuse to fight armed "terrorist" groups, the state issued special laws which gave carte blanche to the police and to the judicial power, creating a scary unbalance of power.
already the excessive repression of the state to students' demos had been the cause for some groups to become more radical and organize an armed reply to the excessive use of force of the police; besides the secret services and the police were so eager to find these "terrorists" that they started creating them, with agents infiltrating political groups and offering weapons trying to lure the more extreme members into armed activities; buy later on, at the times of the kidnapping and execution of prime minister aldo moro, the role of the state would be more critical, providing on one side leadership to the brigate rosse cell which organized the kidnapping and also providing other support with red harrings, confusion, disinformation etc.
a lot of people paid with their lives during these years; either as victims of the bombings organized by the secret services; either as victims of the red brigades/secret services (funnily enough never once did the red brigade really targeted the real enemies of the people in italy, like cossiga, andreotti or similars). another category are the victims of the judicial system, and here comes the story of Massimo Carlotto and his escape and his fight for justice and freedom.
this is a good book which tells the whole story in relatively few pages, always telling of new adventures, new people, new problems, with a build up of tension towards the end.
on 24 July 2013
This is a story in one book (short) that could have been expanded to many stories; almost every event recounted could have become a book in itself. It would seem that, as the author tells of himself through other people's eyes, he is "cold", but not "cold" in the sense of his personality (as it appears to many of the companions along his road to survival), "cold" in the sense of his numbing physical reaction (and not only) to what happened to him personally and to others with whom he suffered in other terrible dramatic personal, social and political circumstances.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2007
One or two translation issues perhaps, so I wouldn't give this such a high rating as I would "The Goodbye Kiss" for example. Nevertheless, if you're a fan of Carlotto then this book should be on your shelf. Along with The Colombian Mule, The Master of Knots and the aforementioned "Goodbye Kiss".
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2011
I ordered this book thinking it was a novel, but it's really the true life story of a guy who is wrongly imprisoned in Italy and, seeing no end to the injustice, is forced to go on the run. The book is short but shows what I think is a good picture of a man out of his depth, out of his comfort zone and honestly trying to work out how he arrived at this situation and what his reactions were.
I won't easily forget his description of the depth of misery that caused the eating disorders the writer developed during his exile from Italy.
Most harrowing of all is the parallel he draws between his exile from everyone he loves and the 4 year old child lost forever when his mother loses hold of his hand in the Mexico City metro.