Author Julian Gallo explores the relationship between political and emotional fascism through sadist/masochist dynamics.
Tell us about your background. Who you are, where you are from?
I’m a writer from New York City with 5 novels currently available, “November Rust“, “Naderia“, “Be Still and Know That I Am“, “Mediterraneo“, and my latest, “Europa.” I also have 9 poetry books published since 1996 through various small presses.
Is there a particular feeling or experience that you hope to evoke in the reader?
All the characters are screwed up in one way or another and more or less self-involved, flailing around trying to navigate the changing times.
There are definitely some “transgressive” elements to it but I would call it “transgressive fiction” in the truest sense.
Were you influenced by a certain person, artist, or genre?
Writing is something I’ve always loved doing since I was a little kid. I’ve always loved telling stories and have always been a voracious reader so I suppose it was natural that I would eventually want to write stories of my own.
With regard to influences, my favorite authors are Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, Juan Goytisolo, Niccolo Ammaniti – tons of others.
I tend to gravitate towards more “literary” type novels and writers but I’m also heavily influenced by Noir fiction and authors, particularly the more recent “Mediterranean Noir” novelists such as Jean-Claude Izzo.
It’s hard to say because I never set out to write a particular “type” of novel. They’re not really “literary” with a capital L nor are they genre novels.
But if I had to compare them I would say they are much closer to Niccolo Ammaniti and Stephen King, (had he not written a horror novel) in style than they would be a Milan Kundera or a Salman Rushdie.
Tell us about your latest work and what inspired you.
I wanted to explore the relationship between political and emotional fascism and how in order for it to exist there has to be this sort of sadist/masochist dynamic at play, how even in personal relationships, there is sometimes this lust for power and control, to manipulate the other in order to dominate the other.