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Born in Udine, Italy in 1952, I have lived and worked in Milan since 1978. During 33 years of journalism I have worked for daily newspapers as well as weekly and monthly magazines while holding almost every professional title possible, from reporter to editor-in-chief and deputy editor to special correspondent. When I was younger - yes, I’ve been younger! - I wrote two non-fiction books. I’m married to Maria Rosa, a medical doctor who is a specialist in oncology and so she is also someone who is much more socially useful than I am, apart of being definitely a much more beautiful person too. If I could be reincarnated I would like to do it as a chef. I’m also very proud of having been an honorary citizen of Savannah, Georgia since 1998. My novel "Whispering Tides" ended as Finalist both The Global eBook Awards in Santa Barbara CA and the Usa Best Book Awards in Los Angeles (Literary Fiction category). In 2013 Global eBook Awards edition my novel is the Winner of Multicutural Fiction category. The italian original version of the novel, entitled "Ascoltavo le maree", has been adopted as a teaching "tool" by the Modern & Classical Languages Department at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
on June 19, 2012 :
Hmmm, to be honest, I think this is one of the most unusual books that I have read this year. Mattioni writes a very deep book relating to the grief of his main character, yet is able to keep it light. You can feel his grief from your fingertips to the tips of your toes, yet his character and the supporting characters have that deep south charm and wit that I happen to love about the South.
The only thing that kept throwing me off was that Mattioni kept throwing in references to the historical South. Some I think fit into the story line and some I kept asking myself what the point was. This was also the reason this book wasn't a 5 star read.
I can put this book on the list of works on why I prefer Indie authors over Big House Publishing. I think it is also a prime example of what those who are closed minded to the works of indie authors are missing. This book was incredibly unique in its' presentation and I think the author showed talent to present two levels of storyline...A charming one on the top level to warm the hearts of the readers while capturing the pain, hurt and loss of Alberto in the "sub level". I think if he would have chosen to write this book in any other method, he would be missing a critical component.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on March 27, 2012 :
An engaging, loose-limbed story about 'human-ness', but with an eye to what else is out there. I believe the oaks and the black birds would approve. I really liked it.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Jan. 21, 2012 :
I would like to dwell upon one significant thing and that is the fluent and smooth style of Guido Mattioni. The lines seem to be compelling the reader to softly and silently move along because the description is simply mesmerizing. I felt as if I were gently introduced to another America, a kind of absorbing panorama. Hats off to Guido Mattioni. A gem of a literary creation. Very rare to come across in this fast paced otherwise insipid world of literature which is so much deteriorated with all that crap which is published in the name of Literature.
If you are sick of reading the usual stuff, this book will touch you like lulling zephyr.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Jan. 20, 2012 :
Thanks for this beautiful gift. Though I have gone through just the opening pages, I can eloquently assert that it is going to touch you very deep. The description is marvelous
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Pietro Della Mea
on Nov. 16, 2011 :
After this reading I can't help falling in love with Savannah
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Oct. 23, 2011 :
Like a magical scene that lights up page after page, a long passionate declaration of love for the city of Savannah is revealed in this book by Guido Mattioni. Not only does it display an extraordinary gallery of characters, but also colors, smells and voices emerging from the wings to go on stage and say. "Listen, we have something to say. We want to tell you about our America that is far away from New York or California and explain our easy pace and past history. Come closer... you'll be amazed..." A cat and a slacker, a garden and a house, a statue or a pier, every entry has its own small or big story that deserves to be heard. As a skilled director, the Author urges them on stage and gives them their lines and ironic manner. The reader is invited to indulge in their history, lulled on by the air of the American South that drives him relentlessly towards a border that exists somewhere between reality and dream.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)