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Caleido interviews Camilla Baresani writer

Caleido interviews Camilla Baresani, writer. Welcome to Caleido, an inspirational diary that narrates many stories: about creative people, trends, travels, objects. / Read the Editor’s letter here

 

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1. In the course of your life, you have redrawn your path by becoming a writer. Looking into the lives of so many people, what do you think are the things that most strongly motivate people to change? And those that hinder it?

Change is a mixture of chance and will. I believe in opportunities rather than constructions. Of course, you have to know how to seize opportunities, or go looking for them. Narrative, which mainly recounts changes (not necessarily positive ones) in people’s lives, always represents the often random junctions that mark existential turning points.

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2. In your works, you talk about physical relationships: love, carnality, jealousy. What do you think are the greatest challenges that today’s increasingly digital society is posing to relationships between people?

It is certainly important not to leave people to computers and telephones. Especially with children and young people, we need an education that prevents them from being sucked into the digital non-life, showing them the joyful alternative of real life, made up of spoken words, voices, skin, smells.

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Caleido interviews Camilla Baresani writer
@camillabaresani
3. All too often, jealousy turns into anger, leading to heinous crimes. Many of them against women. What do you understand about jealousy? Does jealousy have a gender or a colour?

Dogs are jealous too. Jealousy is natural, spontaneous, obvious. It is an understandable feeling, which sometimes takes forms that make us dull and ridiculous, and reveals our insecurities. The social problem is not jealousy, but violence, falsehood, obsessiveness.

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4. One of the most current developments in contemporary society concerns the family: how do you think it is evolving? What adjective are we moving from “traditional family” to? What are the most interesting changes it denotes?

The family has exploded, it has become complicated, in an unstoppable trend. It was founded on the submissive role of women, on hypocrisy, on the repression of sexuality in any of its gender manifestations. The new families are more fragile, they are a continuous reinvention. But there is no need to worry. The important thing is that love, care and a network of affection continue to exist.

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5. Many well-known people are campaigning for social impact, especially in the areas of rights/inclusivity and environmentalism. Are there any battles you particularly care about?

I care about all the battles that try to protect the environment, that try to protect us from pollution-related diseases, that work to free us from prejudice.

Caleido interviews Camilla Baresani writer
@camillabaresani
Caleido interviews Camilla Baresani writer
@camillabaresani
6. You often write about food and people working in the food industry. When you interview the best Italian chefs, what are the aspects that most intrigued you?

The restaurant business is an extraordinarily tiring and complex job. Great cooks are bad restaurateurs and vice versa. It is not enough to know how to cook, you have to know how to create an attractive atmosphere, how to choose your staff and how to guide them, you have to have a business plan. Tenacity, creativity, entrepreneurial skills and the ability to promote oneself must be combined. A rare combination.

Caleido interviews Camilla Baresani writer

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7. Are you a person of habit? Can you tell us about a routine that makes you feel good?

I love order. The only thing I’m repetitive about. I don’t have any particular timetable or habits for anything else. Neither for meals nor for sleeping.

Caleido interviews Camilla Baresani writer
@camillabaresani
Caleido interviews Camilla Baresani writer
@camillabaresani
8. When creating your characters, where do you draw your inspiration from? Is there a constant method you apply? What is one new character you are currently working on that inspires you the most?

I am an observer. Every now and then, a person’s mannerisms, the things they say, the things they suffer, the things they dream about, make me think they might be suitable as characteristics for a character in a novel. From there, from a protagonist whose motivations I want to explore in depth, the construction of a plot begins.

Caleido interviews Camilla Baresani writer
@camillabaresani
Caleido interviews Camilla Baresani writer
@camillabaresani
9. Caleido started out as a diary. Do you have your own diary? What do you write in it? Do you often re-read it?

I have a diary, which I compile from time to time. Facts, emotions, quotations of readings in progress. I never re-read it.

Caleido interviews Camilla Baresani writer
@camillabaresani
Caleido interviews Camilla Baresani writer
@camillabaresani
10. What is an object in your home that you would never give up? What is the memory attached to it? Would you send us a photo taken by you?

I have found that objects that are lost or broken or stolen are forgotten. I care about the people I love, and there are many. I can’t give them up.

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