We'll Shoot the Survivors Again
Original title: Ai sopravvissuti spareremo ancora
«The novel by Lagomarsini digs deep emotions in the reader, exudes smells and provincial voices, leaves astonished and moved in an end overflowing with emotions, lost lives and lost voices, in the background, in an epic way, the silent Apuan mountains» Sergio Pent, TuttoLibri – La Stampa
«With an explicit homage to the transfiguring power of the “Cognition of pain”, Lagomarsini is able to manage an ambitious structure with a writing that knows how to show both the teenage doubts of Marcello as a writer, as well as different moments of anger among the protagonists» Alessandro Beretta, La Lettura – Corriere della Sera
«Fazi’s bet proves to be a winning one, thanks to Lagomarsini’s ability to paint with a clear, rigorous and powerful language, a disturbing yet very close world, to recount a summer of ordinary madness, a contemporary tragedy in which it is impossible to feel really strangers »Gaia Rau, La Repubblica
“Lagomarsini takes us back to a past that we have all experienced, in which the smell of salt on the skin is confused with that of the first cravings, the discoveries and above all the disappointments. A patriarchal and stupid, provincial and sexist world »Silvia D’Onghia, Il Fatto Quotidiano
«This debut of Claudio Lagomarsini is stunning because of his writing style that knows how to bend to the reasons of the story with a rich and also communicative language, brisk in the dialogues, never forgetting the reasons of the reader. An amazing bildungsroman built almost like a thriller revealed to the reader only in the last page “Andrea Carraro
A “next door tragedy” in which a petty quarrel between neighbours degenerates into an absurd deadly shooting. The lucid and merciless portrait of a dying world seen through the eyes of a boy who feels powerless in the face of the reality in which he lives. Among dinners in the courtyard, quarrels over a vegetable garden and macho posturing, Ai sopravvissuti spareremo ancora tells the story of someone who no longer manages to come to terms with the vulgarity of the world he lives in, of a generation of kids who have grown up with models far apart from their fathers’, in which they no longer recognise themselves.
A young man is forced to return to his native town to sell his family home: it is a painful return, made worse by the finding of five notebooks written many years before by his older brother Marcello. Reading them for the first time, the boy, now a man, travels back to the summer of 2002 when the two brothers were still living together, with their mother and her partner, nicknamed Wayne. Their house was squeezed between that of their maternal grandmother and that of a man nicknamed the Mockingbird. In the notebooks, Marcello reveals a lot about that summer: the outdoor dinners, the furious discussions between the Mockingbird and Wayne, the love affair between the grandmother and the Mocking-
bird, the conflictual relationship between their mother and their grandmother.
Among the various episodes reported in the diary, there is one in particular that triggers a series of events that will lead to the tragic epilogue. A particularly heated dispute between Wayne and the Mockingbird degenerates to the point that the latter ends up pulling out his rifle. The recovered notebooks stop here even if the young man who came to sell the house remembers well what happened: the situation had got out of hand and a shot had been fired, leaving Marcello’s lifeless body lying on the ground.
Thanks to a perfectly calibrated style and a language that mixes elegant traits with more mundane terms, Claudio Lagomarsini manages to reveal the twilight of a patriarchal, sexist and backward world, capturing from within a society destined to disappear, yet very representative of Italy.