I Racconti di Barcellona
Barcelona sparkles in brochures, tourist photographs, and night-time entertainment. Shining on the surface, where the attention stops, certainly not in the rapid and merciless glances that condense fragments of existences that could belong to anyone. In the stories of Fabrizio Acanfora, life is “what it is”, the perception of pain and joys is personal because even the banalest obstacle can become a tragedy without a solution if that obstacle is your private tragedy. Thus hopes do more harm than reality; Eva, a young graduate, knows it. She participates in the tragicomic selections of a multinational company to get a job; and also Cecilia and Gregori, and Manolo and Maria, who try to escape with every mean to the alienation of an increasingly indifferent society. Through a narrative imbued with sarcasm and irony, the author introduces us for a moment into the sometimes grotesque and surreal everyday life of the protagonists, leaving us amazed and fascinated.
Eccentrico, Autism and Asperger in an autobiographical essay
The last few years have seen the debate on autism grow, yet often we are faced with pseudoscientific theories and therapies that try to force the autistic to renounce his identity in the name of a ‘not necessarily useful’ integration, which above all does not take into account the needs and the very essence of a person with autism. So, what are the experiences of those in such a condition?
Eccentrico, autobiographical essay, tells the autism from the daily experience of a person with Asperger’s syndrome. Here emerge the difficulties experienced in the first person, the crises that intervene cyclically in the world of an autistic, their causes and consequences, the inability to understand a world structured and regulated by and for ‘normal‘ people.
A contribution to the knowledge of autism as a different way of seeing the world, which can lead to the understanding of a reality that is too often seen through caricatural film stereotypes, and also a book for autistic people, because they understand that even in their uniqueness they are not alone, nor ‘broken’: there is nothing to be repaired in them but, probably, only skills to refine, strategies to be developed for their own good and not to please others. The diagnosis of autism in children is constantly increasing and this book can be an extra tool, useful for teachers and parents.