“Giorgio Ghiotti is just a kid from Monteverde who reads a lot”. That's how editor Chiara Valerio of the publishers Nottetempo, who published the 21-year-old's first collection of stories, Dio giocava a pallone describes him. Ghiotti didn't come up through the schools of creative writing or by sending stories around magazines and literary blogs, however. Uniquely in today's world of publishing, he sent a manuscript in the post and was taken seriously. As Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago said, not everyone is born in the sacristy. Ghiotti confesses that he doesn't believe in creative writing classes. “Writing poetry teaches you that it's difficult to learn to write poetry. Perhaps it's useful to practice with the structure of the story, but first of all you have to have a language, not a story. Everybody's got stories”.
The only problem for the self-taught Ghiotti was having to wait almost a year until he was an adult to sign his contract. He wrote the stories in Dio giocava a pallone when he was still a minor, and is now a student of modern literature. His elementary-school-teacher grandma encouraged him to write stories as a child, and he participated in the regional finals of the Campiello Giovani Prize, the last time being when he won in 2012. And finally, he summoned up his courage and presented himself at Più Libri Più Liberi, the small and medium-sized publishers fair, where readings by Milena Agus and by Chiara Valerio brought the publisher Nottetempo to his attention.
The inspiration for Ghiotti's stories is Natalia Ginzburg and a certain musicality of style which derives from his piano studies. For this up-and-coming writer's central obsession is the structure of middle-class families: “I'm interested in discovering the small cracks that hide behind people's daily relationships. The things that are repeated and become an obsession and eventually a vice – something you hate but are compelled to do. These are stories about fathers and sons”.
The story has been written by Stefano Ciavatta, writer.
Author of the short story collection Dio giocava a pallone (Nottetempo) and with a forthcoming volume of poetry for G.Perrone Editore.