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Like many industrial regions of Italy, the textile industry in Prato was characterized by scores of nimble and interdependent micro-industries for decades. Inspired by typical Italian individualism — the basis for craftsmanship since the Renaissance — these companies created new products of superior quality which were the result of original ideas.

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A long tradition of astuteness, creativity and good aesthetic taste have given Italy a competitive advantage envied by Americans, Brits, Japanese, Germans, and more recently, the Chinese.

But gents, there is a lot of neso of an economic crisis, of bankruptcies and job losses. This talk is based on numbers: However, we cannot diminish the fact that behind these cold, hard numbers are millions of unique individuals enduring genuine edoarddo.

Peeling back the numbers to see how economic adversity affects individuals is not something that we could expect from politicians, government leaders and economists. Rather, it is up to the intellectuals, the artists, and the writers to guide us in interpreting the less obvious signs of the transformation that is taking place.

The severity of the Italian fiscal crisis is taking on the proportions of a humanitarian catastrophe: Likewise, an employee who loses his job does not merely lose an income; he loses everything that he was in the past and what he would have been in the future.

Dlela other words, he loses his identity. Nesi’s narrative unfolds like a thread of crisp yet smooth prose, both passionate and melancholic — reminiscent of the novels of F.

Scott Fitzgerald, as Nesi himself admits, one of his major influences and the inspiration for eedoardo title of the book. What went through your mind when you learned that you had won the Strega Prize? Well, the Strega Prize has always been an extraordinary honour and it is by far the most important literary award in Italy.

I was happy to win, of course, and knowing that my book is more or less the story of my life — the story of my family — makes it an even bigger honour. How does it feel to win the Strega-Blue Metropolis Prize? It is important for me also because it brings my book, and my experience, to Canada. This is a special country for me. Montreal is a special city. There are many Italians living here.


And then there is the textile industry, which is important in this city. So, all these things go together. You began your career as a writer while you were still running a textile manufacturing business. How did you manage both careers simultaneously? It was very difficult. But it is also what many writers have to endure [having a paying job] to pursue their writing career. The problem is that when you find a job that allows you to live your life and it gives you time to write, you think that it is the best way to be.

Thomas Pynchon said that when you find a way to survive with both a job and a writing career, you realize after many years that you have been living a fractured life, a fragmented life. You end up never having a chance to be good at anything.

Which means that you have to try to be successful in what you do best and what you like more, which is not always the same thing. I now understand my life differently than I did before, and I try to give my best energy to one thing instead of two. Because your book is about the lost art, the lost tradition, of textile manufacturing, do you feel that the choice of going into writing was made for you?

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Well, I probably would have ignored the advice of Thomas Pynchon because even if I hoped to be a writer, I loved being a textile entrepreneur — especially in the way we made textiles. We were making and selling fabrics to the best fashion designers in the world. And so you meet a lot of creative people and you realize how beautiful it can be when you sell a very good product to someone. That was very important.

It is true that the choice was not totally mine. I had to sell my company, and then I became just a writer. But I have always felt that there is no big difference between the two jobs. When do you write and where do you write? Do you have a specific routine? When I was younger, I used to write at night, mostly at night. Now, I usually write as soon as I wake up, with a good strong Italian coffee — not Canadian laughter. As much as possible, there must be no interruptions. There could be music but it must be instrumental music, and it has to be unobtrusive.

The place is always the same; it is very difficult for me to move.

And the computer, as well, is always the same one. What are your thoughts on the proliferation of eBooks? I need the book in my hands. I need to touch the paper. What is your favourite book?

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It has changed over time. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry is one. Anna Karenina is one of my all-time favourites as well. Until I was 20, I only read American science fiction. Infinite Jest is my favourite book now; it has been my favourite book for the last ten years. If you could have dinner with an English-speaking author, who would that be and what would you talk about? I remember, once I had breakfast with Richard Ford, which was a wonderful experience, I must say.


Which is uncommon, because in Italy breakfast is usually very quick. But we had a long American breakfast in Rome — with bacon and eggs, and one coffee after another, and croissants. But if I had a choice now, it would be Martin Amis.

I would try to learn as much as I can, just by listening to him. How do you compare writing and storria I had just published my first book and I was asked to direct the film version. I had a great deal of faith in the way you can express ideas through movies, edoarco I accepted.

But then I realized that there was a problem of method. All my books are continually rewritten and corrected, and you cannot do this while sttoria a movie.

When you shoot a movie, you make a storyboard. And so, you have an idea of how you want the movie to be. But when I went home at night, I thought of a better way to shoot the movie. So there was a problem….

Do you plan to dedicate more time to the art of moviemaking? In the interest of Italian cinema, no! What are you working on next? Genye sequel to Storia della mia edoarfo came out in the spring. The book looks at the topic of the first book in a positive light, that things are not that terrible — and that there is hope for Italy and for the Storiw economy — if we give young people, people in their 20s, a chance. The reason is the speed at which things change. That generation may not be equipped to deal with change.

To get back to your question, my next project is to find time to do nothing, to simply think about my next novel, a great long novel, with lots of characters and twists and turns — maybe a love story. My wife keeps asking me.

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