Continuing the theme of foreign versions of ‘Eleven’ (my little novel about a fellow staying up late and having a few problems) -the Italian edition is now about to hit, er, Italy. Today the above link popped up in the homepage of my WordPress, which somehow – I don’t know how – seems to know when someone else writes a blog about me. Anyway, it’s a review I think, but in Italian. I remember enough Italian from GCSE to make out that the blog title means ‘how one event can change destiny’, but not really enough to decode most of it. Luckily, Google has an automatic translation function. Unluckily, it isn’t very good. Or, the blog has been written by someone strange. But I prefer to blame Google.
I reproduce the translation below. It’s not entirely clear whether it is positive or not. I’m somewhat discouraged by the phrase ‘a story perhaps but certainly not the original re-interpreted in the best way’. On the other hand it looks like I might have scored 96 out of 100. And I’m taken with the notion that my character ‘invests in the fragile shell’ of an event.
If nothing else, the blog provides evidence that the cover of the Italian version is satisfyingly weird and non-English-looking. If you’ve read the book you can try and work out which bits the drawings are meant to represent.
My brother speaks Italian so I’ll get him onto it, but in the meantime, feel free to translate any bits you feel capable of, or if you don’t do Italian why not try and translate the Google English version into actual English?
Fun. Can’t wait till someone sends me a review of the Korean edition.
There is a theory, strange, little known (at least in Italy) which I read some time ago in the network and that has fascinated me for some issues and confused (probably because of my limited math skills) to others. This theory is known as ” Six Degrees of Separation “and was proposed for the first time in 1929 by a Hungarian writer in a story that has left few traces behind. According to this hypothesis any person can be connected to any other person through a chain of knowledge with no more than five intermediaries.
Absurd to say. Maybe scary. But if it were really so, how many and what would be the chance for everyone to influence the life of every other single human being who belongs to the earth? Mark Watson , British comedian, born in 1980, is presented to the public with his third novel (certainly “The most successful of the three) who comes to this theory, not only through the use of invasive and never guessed his verve and ironic edge. The protagonist of this short story set in London is Xavier Ireland, a DJ who works in radio and leads one of those programs (so dear to American brothers) and that sleepwalkers do not call to confess, and confess hopes, fears and regrets, in fact the their stories. Stories that Xavier has felt and suffered, stories of loneliness and melancholy, despair and guilt, a bit ‘as its dramatic, that changed him, saddened and discouraged. Everything that happens has to happen and we can not help it. All that Xavier wants from his new life is to feel guilty, and do nothing, for no cause at all. Do not change the way the course of events. And just following his belief that one day, instead of helping a kid in trouble, go beyond. Never imagining that his action will trigger a series of unpredictable consequences, by investing in the middle of its fragile shell. And overwhelming eleven other lives besides his own. All unaware that you are connected to each other.
A story perhaps but certainly not the original re-interpreted in the best way.
“A funny and wistful comedy about the threads that bind our lives to those of others, and how things happen with or without reason. How is not at all true that we are the architects of our destiny. Because sometimes the worst happens. But sometimes even get someone to save us. ”
After all, who has never asked why certain meetings or events? Who has not the slightest doubt (or hope) to be part of a big project? I have them both.