I am important

They arrested me on December 2, 2004. They arrived home at 08.05 with a search warrant. I was in my room with a girl and I was preparing the doses to sell. Then, those loud knocks on the door. The action scene was about to begin. They couldn’t be friends or customers. I knew it was them, but I didn’t know that my life, from that moment, would change. I […]

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Between love and hate

We are embraced on mum’s bed. Tomorrow will start a new one chapter of our life. We, inseparable brothers, united by a unusual fate. I shake their hand, I look at him and every time I get lost in her green eyes, so deep and mysterious that you can never understand what he is feeling. Fabio is my whole life, the strangest boy that I have ever known. From an […]

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Timeless souls

Maya was on her way home. Finally, after years of on the run from his hometown, he had decided to do so. Returning to her mother and sister, in that small village in the mountains, certainly meant reopening old wounds: but now Maya was ready to face them. The separation of her parents and the death of her father had burned her soul. He hated his mother deeply, pouring all […]

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Live as strong as you can

What an effort to live! I will soon turn 28 and it seems to me that I have lived a hundred. When I think about it, it almost feels like my bones are worn out. How many things I have seen in these 28 years, how many people I have known, how many changes I have faced, how many laughs I have had, and how many tears I have shed. […]

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Everything was worse than before

I was at a crossroads. If I had taken that path, my world would have changed completely in an istant.  What are you willing to do to get into that group, into that of the coolest? I was tired of the monotony of the days, the fights at home and the bad grades at school. Every day seemed the same. The alarm clock that rang at six in the morning, […]

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Eternal wandering

Life is all about choices. Some beautiful, fair and clear when we make them. Choices that make us feel in seventh heaven as if we have finally grasped that meaning of life we ​​have read so much about, which we have heard so much about. Others are terrible and the price to pay for doing them is often devastating. It is never easy to make peace with heart and mind, […]

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The smell of the night

The smell of Rome, that smell that makes you think you can do everything. And then the noise of the muffler of the modified scooter to go faster. Via della Stazione, go straight down to the intersection. Orange traffic light. Quickly curved to the left, the scooter on one side my body that balances on the other. Via Anagnina. The wind pulls my hair back and makes my eyes water, […]

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The best part of me

Asia is everything to me. I shared everything with her, even her mother’s belly. We saw the world for the first time together, we also took the first breath and the first cry together. The first word we learned belonged to our own language with which we spent whole afternoons chatting from one bed to the other in our room, no one could understand us. Asia and I have always […]

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Crepes

Three eggs, 100g of sugar, 300ml of milk, 200g of flour and 50g of butter. This is the very simple recipe for my happiness. I don’t have that many memories of my grandmother, so I’ve always kept this recipe clear in my mind, as a way of remembering her.  Every time I think of my grandmother, the first thing that comes to mind is crepes. Every time I eat one […]

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Behind Blue Eyes

My name is Anna and I’ve been at San Patrignano for one year and a half. I came into the program when I was 18 years old and I assure you that it wasn’t an easy choice I remember it as if it were yesterday. I remember that felling of insecurity, of not feeling quite like myself, of feeling inadequate in every situation with everyone. I remember looking in the […]

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The scar

The water that descended from the gutters, and the noise it made, that gurgling sound, made her think of mountain rivers. The city, absent and desolate, gave voice to its silence late one evening.  The only thing to broke this silence was the evening news: “Hello and welcome to News 24. The top story tonight. Record frost. Temperatures drop. Snowfall is predicted at low altitudes as Northern parts of the […]

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I Chose Your Name

Do you know who chose your name? I did, just before you were born. I remember that I was in the bath tub, I was six years old and I was with our mother… I guess you were there too, inside her enormous stomach, just waiting to come out Nicolàs. You were going to be called Nicolàs. You were born a couple of months later, in April; I remember it […]

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