Fiction. Translated by Antony Shugaar. The winner of the SIAE (Italian Society of Authors and Publishers) Sillumina competition, THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE SUICIDES is Sofia Pirandello's first book. Published in 2018, the novel immediately attracted interest both at the Turin Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair. Based on the plot of Voltaire's Candide, the plot revolves around the equally "candid" Candido, who is suffering the torments of hell in the aftermath of his love affair with Lara. Bereft, he decides to end it all. Out of a mix of indolence and cowardice, he cannot bring himself to commit the ultimate act of self-abnegation, and comes to a comfortable rationalization. After all, he reasons, the normal course of life is bound to kill him sooner rather than later. He decides to go out into the world, where death can more easily find him. The minute he sets foot outside his front door, he is caught in a succession of absurd encounters that sweep him up into an edifying if harrowing adventure. Candide falls victim to a terrible accident, then meets a distant relative, is held hostage by two decidedly anomalous drug dealers, and meets an old and pixilated interstellar traveler. In the wake of this cavalcade of experiences, Candido is another man, and his gloomy goal in life, or death, takes on an unexpected dimension.
Antony Shugaar is the author of a number of books and has translated hundreds of others, including Everything Is Broken Up and Dances by Edoardo Nesi and Guido Maria Brera, Notes on a Shipwreck by Davide Enia, and The Piranhas and Savage Kiss by Roberto Saviano. His translation of Gianni Rodari's Telephone Tales received the American Library Association's 2021 Batchelder Award. He is the editor-in-chief of Red Car Press, a new publishing house focusing on graphic novels, and the Metaphor Books imprint, publishing translated fiction.Author City: SAN DIEGO, CA USA
Sofia Pirandello lives in Turin, where she is a regular contributor to the Corriere della Sera and that newspaper's book series, Grandangolo. From childhood, she has had a special love of dreaming up stories and telling them. Her literary influences include, in particular, the work of Raymond Queneau—especially Le vol d'Icare, translated into English as The Flight of Icarus—as well as Heinrich Böll, Elsa Morante, and Russian, Austrian, Sicilian, and American literature. She has a degree in philosophy and is continuing her studies. Candido suicida, published by Round Robin, is her first novel. She is the great- grandaughter of Nobel laureate Luigi Pirandello.Author City: TURIN ITA