Italy is often mysterious, hard to understand. Who are the Italians? What is happening in this country?
“… sicilianized, enigmatic, elusive Italy, difficult to be synthesized into something consistent. Differently from other great countries (France, England, Spain) Italy doesn’t possess a real national unity nor is helped in this by a wide-fresco Italian literature [that could provide an overall picture of what we are, MoR].”
“Sicily, on the contrary, has produced this sort of literature (Verga, Pirandello, Tomasi di Lampedusa, De Roberto, even Luigi Natoli with his ‘I Beati Paoli’)”. Such Italian literary flaw also regards those authors from Mezzogiorno who have Italianized themselves.”
In this country, with its films and literature, “we see only the tree, not the forest.”
Piazzese thus concludes with an enigmatic, worthy-of-Tolkien statement:
“The secret of the forest is hidden in Palermo.”
The ‘secret of the forest’ is hidden in Palermo? What does that mean?
It is intriguing enough for me to start reading Santo Piazzese’s novels. It could provide insight on the Italian enigma – one never knows.
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