I met Desy Giuffrè on Facebook as we are both members of Bronte fan groups and I was immediately curious to discover more about the book she was launching: I am Heathcliff, a modern sequel of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, a paranormal romance.
I asked her to present her first published book, IO SONO HEATHCLIFF (I AM HEATHCLIFF), to you readers of FLY HIGH - though it is an Italian book - and to explain the reasons of her fascination for Heathcliff and Catherine. She accepted to do it and her publishers, Fazi Editore, have even granted you (even if NOT living in Italy) the chance to win a free copy. To be entered in the giveaway contest, leave your comment, add your e-mail address and choose your favourite Heathcliff in the poll below. The winner will be announced on 28 April. NB. THE BOOK IS IN ITALIAN
Here are Desy’s answers
Well, the protagonists of Wuthering Heights can breathe immortality. And that is why I chose them as a source of inspiration for a new story, a new love story which turns life upside down. Io sono Heathcliff changes its atmosphere respect to the original novel, moving from the past to the present, which is chaotic , carved on rocks, spread in the heath and blown in the wind which sings the eternal love between Cathy and Heathcliff.
A love that hurts, that is beautiful and ruthless, for his beloved Cathy Heathcliff is a root and , though an unhealthy one, this root drags something pure and precious. Not a villain, but a magnificently flawed man in its stark reality. It is from this feeling, which is unique and memorable, and its shocking twists and turns that my story begins and comes to life in the protagonists of Io sono Heathcliff: Elena Ray and Damian Ludeschi.
What about the plot?
Elena Ray is a spoiled rich girl, who hides herself behind her apparent superficiality, her being a shallow teenager.
Damian Ludeschi is a charming thief, he loves danger and is a romantic reame. Unable to accept his father's quitting him he panders the wishes of a violent and power-hungry uncle. Their lives seem to have nothing in common, if not for an ancient curse that binds both to the old estate , known as Wuthering Heights, and their historical owners: Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff.
We have learned to know and to love them in the timeless classic Wuthering Heights, which has made many hearts beat, and now we find them as spirits willing to do anything, even to appropriate the lives of two young players just to have a second chance to live their unfortunate and sad love.
That will decide their fate but the secret is guarded in the epitaph on their tombs, which gives life to this fantasy sequel "The rocks will be keepers. The heath prison. As long as a Daughter of the Blood does not come to restore the rooms to their bones. And the earth will not cry over their names. "
Poll - Wuthering Heights has had many film and TV adaptations so far. Which one/s have you seen?
Which is your favourite version? Choose your the best Heathcliff .