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Published on Jun 09, 2019

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Imagine that their dolls come to life is a bit’ the dream of every girl, no? To ensure, however, that the adventures of their heroes of the piece can become an exciting adventure for every reader there is a need for a write-able. We can, with naturalness, Chiara Carminati, a poet, who chooses for his narrative, a doll famous, but probably unknown to most: Augusta Snorifass.

Augusta is a figurine of paper born from the hands of Hans Christian Andersen that "he made Augusta Snorifass in the 1860s as a gift for the daughter of the pastor Amalie Madelung and also created a collection of clothes for the doll. His head is a cropped photo, and given a complete wardrobe of 44 pieces consisting of dresses, blouses, jackets, skirts, slips and accessories in the form of aprons, shawls, and scarves. The clothes are made of sandpaper, marbled and moiré and from a variety of sources, including the covers of the books of the hymns. On some of the clothes, Andersen has designed small straps and buttons, while others are decorated with small ribbons and ornaments from boxes of chocolates".

The author appropriates this small but fascinating private story to make a collection of stories and adventures that magically makes you live the real details of this story: Augusta Snorifass, in fact.

Augusta, doll paper, in fact, become the protagonist of 8 stories for four seasons, while maintaining his nature, “paper”, and her love for clothes. The imagined world is half-way between the stories of the elves, and the gnomes of the forest, between the enchanted world of the small Sgraffignoli and the forest welcoming of the sagas in English Boscodirovo and Beatrix Potter, but it also has something of the great novels of the nineteenth century with heroines modern in a world of trine. Augusta is characterized by its manner of enterprising and practical, but also to a certain vezzosità that her extensive wardrobe is a witness and Chiara Carminati does not forget, dwelling with great detail on the different nature and the only one of the cards of the beautiful dresses of the protagonist.

The tiny doll, as often happens, is the female heroine of a world that is almost totally male, the company of different friends that are accompanied throughout the course of the year. From the sheltered and cosy attic of the summer house in the woods, Augusta, lives the adventures of everyday extraordinary: from the boat trip with the friend Kasper the toy soldier made of lead, to mulled wine, from the dance of the shadows with the squirrel Pit Persen, to the letters with the gifts of Christmas, from the rescue dizzy to the clothes in the back of the trusty friend, Callisto, the raven, in search of the little mouse lost in the maze along with the old father rat Radisson.

The magic of Augusta is in its pincers gilt, preserved in slip and put in the necessary, tools that are able to transform the paper wonders, but also to serve as a skilful and incisive defense weapons. Care, attention to combine courage and determination with harmony: the contrast between the gracefulness of the paper is made and the hardening never scoraggiabile of the doll is a metaphor for a very fitting description of a femininity that is certainly the inspiring.

The short stories you read of taste, the accuracy of the exact that often the poets can give to the words of their prose, the looseness of the syntax and balanced for the you can find, and narrative notes (in the literature) and almost fairytale-like, but not banal. The various adventures related but independent offer parts of a life that you can feel as large and complex, and that leaves a lot of room to the imagination.

Really genial the idea to entrust the images to a artist that just with the paper and the piece of paper does wonders. Clementina Mingozzi, in fact, makes plays, and materially palpable Augusta, her wardrobe and her friends. The images are transformed, paradoxically, almost in real snapshots.

An ideal book for readers from 8 years old!

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