Mário De Sá-Carneiro: The Ambiguity of a Suicide by Giuseppe Cafiero (Book Review #422)

The Ambiguity of a Suicide is a fictional story about Mario’s suicide. Fernando Pessoa seeks answers about his friend’s choice of death. While he pursues answers with investigators, this story then takes a different and interesting turn. The three characters start an adventure traveling in order to find out why Pessoa poisoned himself.

This is the second book I have read by this author. The Ambiguity of Imagination resembled a very dissimilar and interesting tale yet, this story made all the difference with its unsuspected descriptiveness and principle characters.

There was a certain rhythmic quality to the work which stood out for me. I believe the author has potential to create really good work. I had some concerns when I realized that the story was translated. In most cases, the essence and foundation of the story are lost in translated works. However, that disconnection did not occur with this work.

The author creates works that are not necessarily trending in the mainstream of things and that, I think, makes his book stand out and differ from the rest.

I recommend this book to fiction readers.

Written by Jeyran Main

Here is a little biography of the author: 

Giuseppe Cafiero lives in the Tuscan countryside, in Lucignano, in the province of Arezzo, Italy.

Born in Naples, he spent his childhood in several Italian cities. In Bologna, he began to attend intellectual circles at Roberto Roversi ‘s renowned bookstore, “Palma Verde.” It was in one of the magazines published by this cultural center, that the first part of “James Joyce – Rome and other stories” was first published.

He later worked for various radio producers, especially Radio Capodistria and the Italian Swiss Radio, so he moved to Tuscany. Finally, he was able to devote himself to reading and to pursue his literary work.

His main literary influence was Calvin, author of extraordinary literary intellectual subtlety and intelligence. Giuseppe Cafiero continuously reads Borges, another great sublime, inimitable author who also worshiped Joyce.

Giuseppe Cafiero has written renditions, free adaptations, reductions for the radio, translations from French. The spectrum of names is extensive, from Shakespeare to O’Neill, from Raspe to Daudet, from Toller to Brecht. He has written for theatre and radio, also collaborating with the RAI, Radio Sveringes and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

But his strongest point is the “bio-fiction” as his book about Joyce in Rome, another published in 2008 about Vincent van Gogh, and one about Monsieur Gustave Flaubert in 2010. The three characters were revolutionary in their own field. Van Gogh, with his extraordinarily beautiful explosion of colors. Joyce, who broke with the literary realism of the 1800′s.

Due to his experience writing for radio, his books have great handling of the language of his characters. This is the case of the program Giuseppe Cafiero wrote called ‘James Joyce in una notte in Valpurga,’ in 1990, after which he ended the narrative fiction of Joyce’s stay in Rome in 1906 and 1907.

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