Salis: An Animated and Illustrated Episodic Novel

Daniela Morelli (writer and screenwriter) and Paolo d’Altan (illustrator) send us news of the launch of their new illustrated and animated “episodic novel” called Salis. The first episode, titled Salis Escapes, was released this month as a eBook App for the iPad, as an illustrated eBook (through Amazon) and in print. In the first episode, a 14-year-old girl named Salisedine (Salis for short) begins to tell about her life in a slave camp monitored by beings known as the Salt Crystals. She hears the voice of the moon and plans her escape. The structure of Salis appears to be in the format of a serial novel – for which Salis Escapes is the beginning chapter, a teaser of sorts. Salis’s narration is touched with longing and sadness (it has an epic quality to it); the story line is accompanied by powerful illustrations by Paolo d’Altan, which are haunting almost. It will be interesting to see how this story develops. Interesting also, the novel is being published in diverse formats: from eBook app to illustrated eBook to print. “To be read, touched, opened and explored,” we are told. Here is part of Salis’s story: “It isn’t a good time to run away, but I have this really strong urge inside me to do it… I must do it. After delivering the last load of salt last night, I slept like a baby. I was so terribly tired… I’d never have thought I’d find the strength to get up in the middle of the night and actually leave. But I did it. I dreamt of the Moon. It was yellow and full like it is on the roster’s whiteboard and it said to me, ‘Salis, run away.’ I got up and left my hut.” Salis is intended for older kids – at least 11 years old or perhaps older – or for young adults. (We received a free electronic version of Salis Escapes as background for this book news announcement.)

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