Alessandro Carrera

€ 13,00
Publisher: Cairo Editore
Collection: Extra
Pages: 144
ISBN/EAN: 978-88-6052-318-1

An elderly professor sitting on a park bench is reading a book in ancient Greek, and ripping out and tossing away each page he finishes; a writer who has only six months left to live decides to pass them in squandering and perversions; a woman «poet of the senses» manages to live, write and love only if she can put her name in rhyme; an association of Book Dreamers makes threatening phone calls to budding writers, cautioning them not to write a second novel; a book-therapist changes the life of his patients by prescribing impossible books for them; an association modelled on Alcoholics Anonymous promises to free unlucky poets of their dependence on poetry. Towering over all these characters is the «reviewer of the world» in which many readers will perhaps recognize an unbearable type who lurks in every group of friends.

These are some of the sixty-four literary obsessions that make up this collection of short and very short stories about reading and writing. The passion and the illness of literature in lightning fast and paradoxical events, too strange to be false or so true as to induce suspicion, verbal constructions having to do with word epidemics and those who are unable to defend themselves from them.

The joy of creation, but also failure and cancellation: Borges, Benedetti Michelangeli, Hemingway, Montale, but also dervishes and Zen monks, amanuenses of late antiquity and critics who are transformed at night into book murderers, without forgetting the unknown but very literary clients who go to the Poets’ Bar in San Zeno sull’Adda, one of whom has even discovered the secret of aphrodisiacal poetry. A little book for refined palates, bibliophiles, or only for all the lovers of words in book form.

The author
Alessandro Carrera teaches Italian and comparative literature at the University of Houston in Texas. He is a poet, writer, essayist, translator and music critic. In 1993 he was one of the winners of the Montale Prize, in 1998 he won the Loria Prize for short stories and in 2006 the Bertolucci Prize for literary criticism. His non-fiction books are La voce di Bob Dylan (2001), Lo spazio materno dell’ispirazione (2004), La consistenza del passato (2007), the anthology Parole nel vento, I migliori saggi critici su Bob Dylan (2008) and La consistenza della luce. Il pensiero della natura da Goethe a Calvino (2010). Other books published are A che punto è il Giudizio Universale (1999), the successful La vita meravigliosa dei laureati in lettere (2002) and Skyline (2009). He has translated three of Graham Greene’s novels and all the songs and prose of Bob Dylan.

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