Very popular travel journalist and blogger, Isa Grassano with One day yes another no (Giraldi Publisher) realizes the brilliant emotional reportage of a generation – that of nearly forty-year-olds – always poised between today and tomorrow, job and emotional precariousness.
As it is in her style, ironic and pungent, the author makes the protagonist ‘stumble’ the protagonist Arabella, who writes obituaries for a newspaper for work, in Ludo, which reminds her so much of the beautiful Terence of the cartoon Candy. Theirs will be an engaging but fluctuating passion, made up of silences and inexplicable disappearances, which will reveal a surprisingly similar personal experience.
Against the backdrop of a Rome that never ceases to amaze, Isa Grassano gives life to an eventful and exciting story, full of twists and turns, and by reconnecting the threads of fate and chance, he suggests: ‘when you don’t know where you are going, remember where you come from ››.
Isa Grassano, introduces us to Arabella, the volcanic protagonist of One day yes another no?
IG: “The forecasts at the moment are: sex not received, love this unknown, physical shape with a tendency to decay and as if that weren’t enough, next year I will exceed the fateful threshold of the doors, with the inevitable budgets: 40 candles on the cake .. . a bonfire to extinguish ». Here is Arabella through her own description, but also a dreamy woman, a little clumsy in her movements (she even manages to pour the wine decanter on herself), capable of not holding a grudge, who strongly believes in friendship between women (Sara, l ‘other protagonist is an example), he does not read horoscopes but ends up relying on their predictions when, at a vernissage of an exhibition, he meets Ludo.
Arabella literally ‹‹inciampa›› in the beautiful Ludo. What kind of relationship do they intertwine with each other?
IG: It’s sparks and attraction right away. Despite the age of 40, she feels fifteen and draws little hearts in her diary. Or he says, “It’s not rational. My heart laughs, dances the twist, crackles ». The two will experience between the pages a perfect interlocking of bodies and heads, of those that are not easily forgotten. But if Ludo on the one hand is capable of giving her moments of passion, on the other it closes like a hedgehog, with destabilizing silences and absences. I believe it is a common relationship not only between young people, but also between people who are close to or who have passed the door, because deep down in the uncertainty and unpredictability that a new love brings with it, everyone lives a new adolescence, a mood of happiness that fills the days. The writer Anais Nin said that “Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, protects you from age” and I think like her. Equally common are men above all, but there are also women, who then apply the phenomenon of Ghosting, or becoming a ghost and disappearing “on certain days”.
Much of the novel is set in Rome. What background does it offer to the narrative and what is the his relationship with the capital?
IG: Rome is love in reverse and I could not help setting most of the novel in the Eternal City. A magical city full of contradictions, impossible to forget, «so beautiful that it always seems“ new ”», of which I reveal curiosities, descriptions, stories. By bringing out in this my being a journalist who writes about tourism and travel and allowing the reader to discover things that perhaps he does not know. Thus, for example, I tell the legend of the axis of cups near the Trevi Fountain, a large vase placed on the right side of the fountain. “He brings to mind the playing card of the same name and it is said that it was the architect Salvi who had it placed at that point, so that a barber, who disturbed him with his constant criticisms, could no longer see the progress of the work”. I love Rome, I lived there for a few months as a student, I went back there for a few weeks for a job. It is a city that regenerates and recharges me, despite the chaos. As soon as I can I escape for a few days and take long walks in the historic center. Then there are many shops for a tasty shopping.
Behind brushstrokes of lightness, little by little the story reveals the scars of a difficult past. How did you manage to reconcile such different elements?
IG: It was quite simple, because it is a bit my way of being … I am a person who loves lightness, but I am able to listen, to empathize with others and to experience the deepest things, sometimes even sad , without ever losing your smile. Before being a writer, I remain a journalist and I wanted to highlight this aspect, to bring out the soul of the writer of current affairs in an unusual way. So not only the love that is fundamental in the life of every person, but also those elements that unfortunately often accompany our lives, such as precarious work, death, distance, the conflictual relationship with parents. And also the psychological distress, focusing on the issue of mood disorders from which thousands of people suffer. All, however, without weighing down the reading.
Like the title, your novel stages the game of opposites: the ‹‹ forora› ›and the‹ ‹always more››, chance and destiny. After all, does the truth always escape us?
IG: It always eludes us because it is life that confronts us with the same questions and uncertain answers. We delude ourselves that the plea is enough for us, but in the end we aspire to persempre. We believe in chance, but sometimes we would like to change destiny, especially when it separates us from people who have been important. We have days yes, but inevitable on the scale there are those not. Perhaps to live well, we should stop looking for the truth at any cost, always expecting something and just let ourselves be carried away by emotions.
One day yes another no
by Isa Grassano
Isa Grassano she is Lucanian, lives in Bologna and madly loves Rome. Freelance professional journalist, he collaborates with the main national newspapers, including The travels and the Friday of Republic, Intimacy, Marco Polo, Lei Style, Touring, Modern Woman. She is co-founder of the network Constructive Journalism, curates the blog amichesiparte.com and is tutor at the Masters in Journalism of Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna.
For Newton Compton published 101 Unusual and Curious Funny Things to do Free in Italy at least once in your life, Traveling with friends, Maybe Not Everyone Knows that in Italy, Breakfasts at Tiffany’s. She is also the author of short stories for literary anthologies, including Letters to the Mother e Letters to the Father (Morellini).