Author meeting ROMBO
Esther Kinsky talks with Vincenzo Latronico
On 6 May 1976, Friuli was shaken by a violent earthquake that destroyed the landscape and the livelihood of its inhabitants. A valley in the far north-east of the region was particularly affected – an area of legends in which the earthquake was associated with the monstrous Orcolat and the Riba Faronika, a powerful siren with two tails. In the book Rombo, Ester Kinsky juxtaposes the human voices remembering an ancient world with the voices of nature in this karst landscape; a tale of the precarity of existence, the deep meaning of memory, and the emergence of a "memory of destruction".