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Writing Europe

Ursula Keller


Mario Fortunato
Traduction de Bettina Gabbe

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No. Ancora una volta: nessuna patria. Non in Patria, né
in Europa e neppure Altrove. (Anche perché, detto per
inciso, l’Altrove non si trovava più da nessuna parte:
tutto uguale, tutto uniformato al basso.)

I was born in the south of Italy. Cirò, province of Crotone, Calabria. A middle-class family, agnostics for many generations, with a little Jewish blood hidden in there somewhere. The landscape — not yet sullied by eight-story buildings right there on the water’s edge, but on the contrary, still well-preserved by poverty — suggested, in every sense, silence and sobriety. It was a rugged, rather harsh, and unenticing landscape. The sea (the Ionian Sea) possessed the same characteristics: to reach it, tremendous odysseys of a few kilometers on dirt roads, real, heavily sweated excursions under an overhead sun; on the beach not even a shadow of a bar, or dancing, or beach huts. The village: works in progress everywhere, which made it seem like the most ill-fated banlieu of Tripoli. And ...


Born in Cirò, Calabria in 1958, Mario Fortunato studied philosophy in Rome. He is the author of poems, short stories, and novels. He has worked for radio and has contributed to several screenplays. Since 2000 he has been director of the Italian Cultural Institute in London. Authors such as Doris Lessing and Salman Rushdie signed an appeal against his planned removal by the Italian government. Mario Fortunato publishes regularly in the weekly magazine L’Espresso and the daily newspaper La Stampa.

Bettina Gabbe (Traducteur)

© Central European University Press, 2003

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