THE LIFE I DREAMT OF
(LA VITA SOGNATA)
Literary & General
Rita Lopez was born in Bari and currently resides in Rome. A scholar of archaeology and sociology, she has contributed articles and stories to La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno. For years, she has been writing for the blog Infodem.it. She has published collections of stories, as well as the novels 'Open your eyes' (2019) and 'Out of every time' (2021). Her stories are featured in numerous anthologies.
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Marina's life unfolds In the realm of dreams. Every moment tethered to an absence, a void left by her mother's inexplicable departure, abandoning her to the care of her father in the nursing home where they toiled as custodians. Since childhood, Marina has woven a tapestry of reveries, an existence lived with eyes wide open, a poignant attempt to reconcile the maternal void.
As the years unfurl, her imagination becomes both solace for a shattered heart and a snare that tightens around her. Now grown, the nursing home resembles one of those stagnant pools where sea creatures languish, trapped.
The arrival of Roberto, a university student stumbled upon by chance, disrupts her longing for life and love. Yet, those who embrace love also confront its boundaries.
It's a haunting exploration of a woman's psyche, akin to a modern-day Prometheus, willing to sacrifice herself to bestow upon the world the gift of fire.
"With her evocative writing, she reminds us of how powerful love can be even in its absence. And she teaches us that it is there, in the fractures, where true revelations are deciphered." Marilù Oliva