Arco: the legend of the blue vortex – first Amazon review
First Amazon review for Ferdinando Manzo’s new short story is outstanding – a knockout! Manzo has had his first novel published recently in Italy, and this short story has something of the same flavour of intrigue.
‘Arco: a surreal experience’
‘Absolutely extraordinary. At one level, a tale told simply but with increasingly powerful language. The experience becomes surreal, somewhere between a dream and something raw and essential. As the author’s first novel is in Italian, I can’t read it but I feel this is the genesis of a genuine talent. [Signed] JoF-W’
An exciting new short story from first-time novelist, Ferdinando Manzo, Arco explores man’s battle with the sea in an attempt to seek solace. The story is set in two different eras: on the high seas among ancient pirates and in contemporary Europe ravaged by war. The legend of the blue vortex – a door into another world – is the central focus of both periods. An adventure story, it also raises philosophical questions about love and the purpose of life.
Commander Arco is at the centre of the search for the blue vortex as legend has it he was the only man who ever found it. Those who follow him are drawn to re-enact the legendary search for eternal life. The narrator, devastated by the loss of his lover, tells a tale of suspense and intrigue as he attempts to recover his lost love.
The short story is selling well in Italy and Australia, a sign of its universality of appeal. This is Australia’s special introduction to the work of an Italian writer with panache and imagination. It’s an easy-to-ready and enjoy short story, with deeper meanings than at first appears.