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Lo Sguardo dei Faggi
(The Look of the Beeches)

Manuel Chiacchiararelli - edizioni

“Everything was perfect, everything was harmony and peace. The valley was a symphonic vibration: it passed from the minuet of autumn colours, to the adage of silence, a natural prelude to an ideal serenade to solitude. It was simply the most beautiful and pure harmony of living. Finally! “

On the one hand the philosophy of being, on the other the culture of appearing; on the one hand simplicity and naturalness, on the other fictions and prejudices. Is this the real life or is it just an invention of progress?
The protagonists of this esoteric novel with noir aspects, two young guys in their thirties,  live in contempt for the artificial civilisation that corrupts the natural world, altering the ecological and personal balance. They try, then, to save themselves by experiencing, in an absolute, all-encompassing way, the real meaning of Nature. And they live on dreams, magical, splendid or mysterious: they need to know that one can still be brave.
But Nature can also change, observe and judge, turning those dreams into a nightmare.
A metaphor for the nature of every person: a complex and unpredictable nature.

A really disturbing psychological mystery, this by Manuel Chiacchiararelli. Great suspense, with interesting implications under at least two profiles, the sociological and the spiritual-mystery, connected to each other.
(…) A need and desire for Mother Nature, for the Great Spirit, looking for the divine, for the universal which lives in the man himself, outside any confessional creed, outside any revealed or historical faith. And the author is very skilled in dosing expertly the scenes between the nauseous town-living to the mountainous enchantment, and then from the enchantment to the terror, in a gradual transformation. Superb in the insights and in the narrative inventions, this work of great psychological refinement and introspective depth, sets and leaves open questions about unkown, inviting and disturbing unknown at the same time, as an everlasting source of bewilderment and attraction. Absolute and relative are parallel worlds: As such should be experienced, and woe to transfer the parallel in parallel! Therefore, participating in the world in which we live is as essential as knowing how to “let it go” at the right moment.”
Franco Campegiani

Tragic, poignant, “The look of the Beeches” strikes for the absolute originality of the content, for the way to proceed in the narration, rich in descriptive passages and emotional leaps. The rhythm is pressing and, on a stylistic level, the author knows how to hold the readers close, sinking the knife into the essence of history with studied frequency and intensity. In my opinion Manuel Chiacchiararelli can fit into the list of the few writers able to conceive Works that go beyond the standards we are used to, can amaze and, as a true shaman, bewitch … ”
Maria Rizzi

“Lo Sguardo dei Faggi” (The Look of the beeches) is the first novel – in Italian – written by Manuel Chiacchiararelli and published in ebook and paper version (Italian version purchasable here)
The translation of the novel and the release of english version is part of my future projects.