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Paperback, 288 pages, 17 x 21 cm
English, Paperback, 288 pages, 17 x 21 cm, 2015.
Between February 2013 and November 2014, I visited Detroit six times, for a total of seventy-seven days. After three years living in Brooklyn, in Detroit I found what I had been looking for when I left Italy and crossed the Atlantic Ocean: space, both physical and for the imagination. That is why it only took me two days to decide to write my first book. An emotional and practical book about the city, mapped through a series of encounters with its people. I raised the money needed to start the project, managed to drive an automatic car and learned how to fix a bike tyre. Over the course of two years I collected stories, ideas and feelings, set within what seems to be a real movement of urban resistance. I trained my eye to observe silent urban landscapes, on which huge blocks of sky and abandoned buildings encumber, and I realised that fear and fascination for decay quickly take second place. It was like developing a way of seeing that is more like a way of listening, moving toward a world which can be complex and harsh at times, but also full of an energy that only emerges when determination and potential meet. I invited an artist, Antonio Rovaldi, to join me and illustrate this journey. This is the result of our work. (F.B.)
Graphic design: Paolo Berra