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    Susanna Tamaro


Raise your eyes

Author: Susanna Tamaro

A contemplative essay that takes the form of a long letter, posing fundamental questions about the future: What are the tools needed to cope with life and how can we provide them to the younger generation? How can we communicate better and teach them to ask the right questions and find the right answers? What is this generation trying to tell us when they protest in defense of their rights and the future?
In this crazy world we live in, where rigor, commitment and ethics are seen as a useless expenditure of time and effort, school, community and family run counter-current, like salmon swimming desperately upstream, to economic recession, arrogance, and a contempt for knowledge. Yet at the same time, a younger generation is fighting in the forefront for their ideals and their rights, showing the rest of us that that not all is lost.
Perhaps at the heart of a new generational transition lies rediscovery of a revolutionary concept, and the time to address it is now if we want to change the world for the better.

Publisher: Solferino
Publish Date: 2019
Page Count: 124

Susanna Tamaro (Trieste, 1957) moved to Rome when she was 19 years old to attend the Experimental Center of Cinematography. After graduating with a degree in film direction, she worked on various television documentaries, and as an assistant to the esteemed Italian director Salvatore Samperi. In 1981, during a month-long stay in a small town on the Austrian-Hungarian border, she wrote her first novel Illmitz, which was refused by over 30 publishers. She was not published until 1989, and her debut novel, Head in the Clouds, won her the Elsa Morante Opera Prima Prize. In 1994, she wrote the bestselling novel Follow Your Heart, which became the most commercially successful Italian book of the century. It sold over 16 million copies in 40 countries, and was adapted into film by Cristina Comencini. She currently lives on a self-sufficient farm in the Umbrian countryside, where she produces honey. In addition to writing, gardening, and practicing martial arts, she devotes her time to various humanitarian projects that assist women and children. In 2000, she founded the Tamaro Foundation, which is funded by donations and her books.
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