Italy is often mysterious and hard to understand. Who are the Italians? What is happening in this country?
“sicilianized, enigmatic, elusive Italy, difficult to reduce to any synthesis. Differently from other great countries (France, England, Spain) Italy doesn’t have a true national unity and is not assisted by a wide-fresco literature [that can provide a complete picture, MoR].”
“Sicily instead generated this type of literature (Verga, Pirandello, Tomasi di Lampedusa, De Roberto, and even Luigi Natoli with his ‘I Beati Paoli’)”, while in Italy this deficiency also regards those Southern authors who have Italianized themselves.”
In this country, in its films and literature, “we see only the tree, not the forest.”
Piazzese then concludes with an enigmatic, worthy-of-Tolkien statement:
“The secret of the entire forest is hidden in Palermo.”
The secret of the ‘entire forest’ hidden in Palermo? What does that mean?
This is intriguing and enough for me to start reading Santo Piazzese’s books. It could provide hints on the Italian enigma, one never knows.
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