Synopsis of the book “Enrique Piana y su Media Valija”
It is not easy to classify this book as a purely non-fiction title. Or simply as an autobiographical work, or as a book of poetry, or of art, or of self-help. “Enrique Piana and Half of His Suitcase” is a mixture of all these classifications and many more. By its nature it has direct appeal to bookshops and art galleries, and alongside my live performances of its poems and stories that I am currently doing, the book can find its place in other settings, too. Bringing the book, performances and workshops to penal institutions and to rehabilitation clinics is another interactive target, as well as to MBS (Mind Body and Spirit) festivals. Through its chapters I show myself as I was – a man who suffers, screams in pain, cries because of his shame and looks for his self-forgiveness in the midst of darkness. In contrast, I also sing and dance for joy at having undergone a subsequent radical change, showing my new ecstasy, laughing at everything from a fresh second childhood achieved by choice. The twenty true stories of my life are written in an entertaining and gripping narrative style, whilst the poetic orality of my twenty poems contains language ranging from a certain baroque beauty to a harsh cutting edge contemporary style. My mystic artwork illustrates the book and comprises of digital photographs of twenty original works on canvas painted in acrylic, with the background of the Cosmos acting as a mirror, and showing me as being a witness of myself rising above all my miseries and degradations of the past.