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Storia di Karel su Tuttolibri

Storia di Karel

Lorenzo Mondo recensisce Storia di Karel sull’inserto Tuttolibri de La Stampa

Nella Colonia galattica i mali della Terra.

Avevamo lasciato Antonio Pennacchi con Canale Mussolini, che raccontava l’epica colonizzazione dell’Agro Pontino ai tempi del Duce e rappresentava per l’autore il punto d’arrivo di un lungo percorso, caratterizzato da una dedizione pressoché assoluta alla terra natale. Con Storia di Karel siamo a una svolta inattesa. Anche qui ci troviamo in una colonia, ma si tratta di un pianeta, collocato agli estremi confini della galassia. Doveva essere la testa di ponte per il grande balzo in avanti, oltre il buio interstellare ma, fallito il progetto, Colonia è stata abbandonata a sé stessa. Il suo isolamento l’ha portata a regredire verso forme di vita tralasciate da millenni, dal lume a petrolio alla trazione animale. Sopravvivono tuttavia – singolari reperti archeologici – varie testimonianze di un evoluto passato. Qualcuno coltiva ancora filari di microspecchi che producono un minimo di energia solare. resta soprattutto in piedi la grande sfera di silicio che, per quanto attualmente trascurata, “memorizza tutto lo scibile umano”. Read the rest of this entry →


11 2013

Canale Mussolini recensito sul Tribune

The Mussolini Canal

[Entusiasta recensione apparsa sul Tribune firmata da Scarlet McGuire]
It is the voice that lifts this novel from being a fascinating story of a peasant exodus from northern Italy to the Pontine Marshes, as part of a fascist bid to reclaim agricultural land, to a magnificent rollicking saga offering a cockeyed version of modern Italian history (while sticking to the facts) which begs to be read. The irreverent voice of the narrator relates,with humour,the adventures of his 17 uncles and aunts under the grip of a gran whose bottom was much appreciated by Mussolini.
This is not a heart-wringing story of poverty and suffering, for the Peruzzi family refuse to be victims; they are the stars of their own soap opera. Pennacchi brilliantly brings them to life, from mild Unclce Adelchi, whose obsession with uniforms ultimately leads him to become a policeman, to Uncle Themistocles, who went off to fight the German in Great War. Uncle Pericles gets the lead role;fascist thug as amiable hothead. Pennacchi makes his characters loveable but they follow Mussolini.
Il Duce decided to drain the Pontine Marshes,near Rome, and bring 2,000 fascist families from northern Italy to work the reclaimed land abutting the newly built Mussolini Canal. Two storey houses were built for each family as part of an enormous model town project. While the narrator lampoons the vanity and excesses of fascism, in particular the fat dictator, he also explains its lure, and documents its failure, through the eyes of the Peruzzi family, and he understands the nostalgia of many Italians for a country which worked. Read the rest of this entry →


08 2013

Atheist Spirituality su Canale Mussolini

The Mussolini Canal [Sul sito Atheist Spirituality una riflessione sulla traduzione inglese di Canale Mussolini firmata Geoff Crocker]

This is a long but charming tale of the Peruzzi family who are evicted from their sharecropping life in northern Italy, and join an exodus south to tame and farm the Pontine Marshes. Steinbeck’s ‘Grapes of Wrath’ is mentioned in the text, and has echoes in this exodus, as it does in the moving finale for Armida. But the charming family story too readily becomes a device to excuse fascism. Socialism is for intellectuals and the truly destitute, who burn the haystacks of farmers who refuse to take on an extra quota of labour. The hardworking poor who have some chance of survival and improvement cling to a stable social structure, and oppose the very poor who have no chance but to overthrow the feudal order. So feudalism morphs into fascism. Similarly, protection of endangered species and of the environment are luxuries the farmer striving to survive cannot afford. Bring on the DDT!

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07 2013