12 May 2010
“SEI COSÌ MIA QUANDO DORMI”
This is the story of the last love of a woman who had many lovers like George Sand. But it is above all the story of the absolute passion of Alexandre Manceau, a young engraver. “I look at her. Her white linen shirt slides softly over her full breasts, her wide skirt hides her round thighs. I can’t imagine her running energetically through Paris in casual men’s clothes. My George is tender and abundant, and I love her madly.” Manceau happens to spend a weekend at the castle of George Sand. He immediately falls in love with the writer and remains there for fifteen years. It is a passionate and devoted relationship, through which George Sand relives her past passions. A bond so strong that only tuberculosis could break it, the same illness that took Chopin away from her.
1 December 2011
“L’AMANTE DI GOEBBELS”
Goebbels’ Lover is the unrequited love story of Lida Baarova, a young Czechoslovakian actress. In 1936, she fell madly in love with Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda of National Socialism, and became his lover. Goebbels would soon be her master and obsession (“Joseph, you live inside me now”). It narrates her physical need to be possessed, building up to an emotional catharsis. In the Germany of the rise of the Reich and in the salons of power, Lida Baarova gropes, inadequate, rejected by an elitist and conformist society. Like a moth, with long delicate wings, attracted by a dazzling light, she falls into an abyss. After You are so mine when you sleep, Anna Kanakis, with her equally delicate and biting pen, returns to tell the story of absolute love, lived in secret and in suffering, in a touching novel that moves in a cyclone counterbalanced with emotions, between passion’s galloping ardour and the pain of a solitude without any real solution.
Joseph Goebbels: Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1968-101-20A / Heinrich Hoffmann / CC-BY-SA 3.0, Magda Goebbels: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-R22014 / CC-BY-SA 3.0