An intimate tale, a chance to come to terms with a difficult past and a future that has yet to be written. The book is being published to coincide with the release of Cristiano De André's new album and a long concert tour.
Here, as never before, Cristiano De André translates his most intimate silences by taking a long journey backwards in time, to the labour pains of his mother on a sledge in a Genoa deep in snow, the anxiety of a kidnapping and the blossoming of the colours in Sardinia. To the sea which offered him a sea bream before the incredulous eyes of his father before the wave broke engulfing the family serenity, and to the constant flight from something that never came and which, if it had, would never have known the pleasure of a caress. From a London that was hostile, annihilated and tied him to a hospital bed to the innocence of the music of a conservatoire. From tours during the Years of Lead to the emotion of his own voice echoing around the stalls. From forgiving to forgiving himself as an extreme act of survival confessed to a son. This is no ordinary account: this is a lifetime spent sitting on the sideline, told so as not to be lost.