A literary style that is ironic, different, sportive, aware of how the great events of the world influence individual lives.
Alessia Biasatto (Trieste, 1977) writes travel journalism and fiction, and is based in Barcelona. Her guide 111 Places in Trieste that You Should Not Miss was published in 2019, while her travel blog dealing with exotic and unconventional journeys has been active since 2010. She holds a Masters in Creative and Professional writing from the London Metropolitan University.
Passionate about Asia, anthropology and geopolitics, Alessia also plays water polo and teaches padel-tennis. She considers sports as her primary source of inspiration. Her novels and short stories are full of philosophical insights and anecdotes about international politics, even if she uses simple words and a subtle irony to tell them.
With an efficient literary style, she is attentive to how the big facts of the world affect particular lives. Her characters never lack an adventurous spirit and a certain extravagance, in homage to favorite literary models, Tiziano Terzani and Cesar Aira.
Among her various projects she helped organize the exhibition “La Trieste di Magris” and curated the making of the documentary on Giovanna Giordano. She has translated into Italian works by Pablo Katchadjian and Juan Tomas Avila Laurel.
It was late at night, and in the oily dim light, Theodora’s forehead was melting around heavy eyes, their lower edges marked by deep semi-circles of tiredness. The abbot, no less exhausted, retracted his head between his shoulders, raising his palms to the ceiling, as if softening the venom in the words he’d just spat out. That conversation had never taken place. The abbot was good at this game, even when he tried to blend in.
The time of a leaden pause, during which only the peeling frames creaked, preventing the briny breeze to carry away the scandal which words had just hinted at. The man dressed in black then reverted back to his sermon, as if the Holy Ghost were once more speaking through him: ‘The laws of men do not always adhere to the laws of God, Theodora – or is it Dora. This is, alas, a true shame.’
An intrepid young woman defies the strict laws of Mount Anthos. Will she be the first woman to venture into the sacred peninsula that only allows men to enter? Will she be able to trick the monks and carry out her mission without getting caught? An incredible journey into the bastion of Greek orthodoxy but also an exciting fugue story that many people can relate to, especially those who feel disoriented in front of the great contradictions of the globalized world.