2 November 2019 – 17:25
The relationship between father and son and autism, a story that moved and inspired. That's who they are
of Carlotta Lombardo
A love without limits and without borders and a beautiful book: "If I embrace you, don't be afraid" (Marcos y Marcos editore), by Fulvio Ervas. Released in the bookstore on 12 April 2012, it had to be printed in just a hundred copies and instead became a bestseller. A success dictated, in addition to the ability of the writer, to the fact that the story of the book is true. "If I embrace you, don't be afraid" is the story of Franco and Andrea Antonello, a father and son with autism, and of their trip to America organized and carried out with great courage. Reading slips well, the images always make us fall a little more inside the page (so much so that at some point it seems to feel the South American sand underfoot) and the words are often enlightening. "Do you know what? – reads the book – Scientists claim that we are all different and instead we are increasingly homologating. At this rate, the only islands of diversity will remain people like their son ». I guess it's a compliment, I say. "I meant that a great symphony contains many nuances."
Franco Antonello and his son Andrea (photo from the facebook profile of Franco Antonello)
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