Today we talk about The Angel, a book by Melanie Francesca published with our publishing house Europe Books.
Europe Books had the pleasure of interviewing the author, Melanie Francesca, to get to know her better and everything that has to be know about her book The Angel.
Below you can find our interview. Take a seat and enjoy your reading!!!
- Is the invisible world so vast that it is often dismissed as non-existent?
Anyone who claims that the invisible world does not exist is right: for him it does not exist. I, too, firmly believe only in the things I hear and see. We just see different things. For example, the bat sees by ultrasound, without science telling us that they exist, would we see or hear them too? No. Even the world of the spirit is physical, like an ultrasound, imperceptible even to the most sophisticated machines. One day we will be able to perceive it because we will open new sensory doors in our body.
- When it comes to angels a book is automatically branded as fantasy. It’s right?
When I enter a church and see a sky full of Renaissance angels, I see that God exists. If nothing else in the magnificence and splendor that art, believing in the beyond, has managed to produce. We are the gates of the angels: through us they show their harmony. A music, a book, a song, a dance… the human body that becomes an instrument of beauty. Again the words are a catch: fantasy is simply a more subtle reality.
- In this book of yours are the angelic presences very anthropic, human, in love with human finiteness?
Angels are in love with us because they see us as small, fragile, like children. They are in love with our awkwardness, but also with what they don’t have: a body. They are attracted by this materiality of ours so different, and when we enjoy the wonder of the world through our flesh, they vibrate with happiness. We are a bit like little animals for them, happy to rummage between food, sleep, love and fusion with the miracle of nature. Let’s make them tender. The body has been given to us to live it fully without crippling it with ideas of sin. Live it with innocence, everything is divine. The body is the temple of the spirit. It is our mind that cripples and brands our body as evil, and this generates a sense of sin and therefore perversion, humiliation, frustration and violence.
- Barbara Alberti defined yours as a story of abandonment, betrayal and healing. Do you find yourself in this triple register?
This is a story of abandonment, betrayal and healing. The betrayal is told through the life of Dixi who, precisely because of the initial wound of abandonment with which she came into the world, recalls situations in which she is continually abandoned. Healing happens when we decide to break this chain of repetitions and errors, but it is a decision that must come from the heart not from the head. Wanting something doesn’t mean getting it. We have to go through a radical transformation of being, and we only go through the heart.
- What inspired this story for you?
Dixi I could be younger in Paris, I often went to the Pere Lachaise cemetery or Gothic cathedrals, forests of stone steeped in history, they are in my flesh like a song. Even the model, even the bohemian life, the contact with a daily rawness that seemed like a house without walls, where the cold wind of poverty always seemed to bite your heart. Yet what comes out in the pages isn’t me, it’s something else, something truer than the truth I could express on my own. We are instruments of voices greater than us that pass through us and speak through us. We are the gates of angels…
- It is a book that might seem difficult to read to a world that seems to believe only in the evidence. Yet the response from readers demonstrates the opposite, that there is a desire to confront the supernatural…
The world has changed a lot, people open up. Ever since the days of the new age, and the trend of yoga and Buddhist beliefs, that of esotericism, of alternative medicine… people are fed up with how they forced us to see the world, they know there is something else. Everyone feels, more or less, that something is boiling in the air…
- In your book, at one point the angel talks about the door of awareness. A door today too often closed, sealed?
The awareness I speak of is the feeling that ‘I am’. When you say I am and take a deep breath, the past and future disappear and you are, now. By entering the now, by acting in the now you change the world and yourself. The mind kidnaps us and makes us live in yesterday and tomorrow by conditioning us. When you enter the now, the I am, you see who you are. You have to read the book to understand what is meant, so it’s just a concept. In the book one is taken by the hand and through the story of dixi, understands, like in a fairy tale, what it means to live in the now.
- How do you imagine your guardian angel?
I don’t imagine it with my eyes, I feel it. He has an intense vibration that mainly grips my right shoulder and runs all over my body like a kind of vibromassage. Very strong physically, felt like he was touching me.
- Will there be a sequel to the book?
I’m already writing it, and it’s also the sequel to the last two novels The Westerner and The Perfect Woman. Everything converges.
- Would you like a movie to be made out of it? If so how should it be?
It should be done by David Lynch. And look like Jim Morrison as a break in the mold, as a bearer of division, of confusion. The novel has dark, rock, metallic tones. It sounds like the scream of a rock star transposed into a book. Jim Morrison is very similar to the novel…
Europe Books thanks the author, Melanie Francesca, once again for taking the time and answering our questions. We are really pleased to have walked alongside her on the editorial path that led to the publication of her book The Angel. We wish her the best of luck for her future works.
So, my dear reader, all I have to say is to enjoy your reading!