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‘Mamma, ti posso parlare?’

· The novel ·

The autobiographical book by Maria Grazia Proietti Mamma, ti posso parlare? (San Paolo, 2013) has something more than others that have recently come out in which several mothers recount their relationship with their children, special because of some form of disability. In fact in this case Proietti – a doctor and also the mother of Michele – leads us through her bond with her second son Matteo, affected by Asperger Syndrome, as she integrates him into the daily routine of an extended personal and family life. At times there is a temptation to raise a specific situation to a single parameter of the narrative, pushing everything else to the bottom. Instead Maria Grazia and Matteo discover each other, get to know each other and develop together among the ups and downs of domestic life, work and school contexts, friendships, smiles and anger, illnesses and in short everything that makes up the life of each one of us. The result is an itinerary – ordinary in the deepest, most beautiful and unusual sense of the term – in which there is no boundary between the one who helps and the one who is helped; between the one who is strong and the one who is weak, the one who accepts changes and transformations and the one who, instead, does not succeed in metabolizing them. Between the one who is different and the one who isn’t. (@GiuliGaleotti)

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