Venti giornate al rogo, by Flavio Carlini

The book from emerging writer Flavio Carlini, “Venti giornate al rogo”,  narrates the monotonous and boring existence of Jan Novák, who sells his bankruptcy to tourists on the Charles Bridge in Prague, coming up with poems in exchange for a few coins. Jan‘s days are therefore spent among alcohol and prostitutes, also marked by recurring and anguished dreams, until the meeting with an equally desperate literary agent will suddenly make Novák a well-known writer, thanks to the publication of a book entitled “Twenty days of shit.“ Carlini cleverly formulates the plot, articulated in the titles of the chapters from great artists such as Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen. The different pieces of music mark the rhythms of the story and color it, interrupting the writer‘s raw and primitive prose. The protagonist, Jan Novák, is cynical, nihilistic and out of place on the Charles Bridge. The central theme is the triumph of appearance, success built on nothing, on yelling, on dirty words, on arrogance, often present in our days, from literature to politics.

Flavio Carlini,
Venti giornate al rogo,
Letteratura Alternativa: 2017,
p. 182