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L’assedio della gioia

Conceived and composed over a decade, Francesco Brancati’s debut book is first and foremost a challenge to the dominant forms and styles of contemporary lyric poetry. The six sections into which it is divided outline an itinerary at once personal and collective that uses the degree themes of twentieth-century poetry such as love, illness, body and memory to rework them in a hyper-contemporary key. The war metaphor of the title denounces the obligation to be happy, an incessant imperative of our age, and establishes the emotional extremes of joy and pain in an individual\’s experience. Brancati conceives of poetic writing as a moment of ethical sharing with the reader, achieved through a language that is both lyrical and textural, allowing us to say, without resorting to false or mannered poses, the tragic condition of our every experience. Preface by Massimo Gezzi.

Series “novecento/duemila” directed by Diego Bertelli and Raoul Bruni


Francesco Brancati is a research fellow in Italian Literature at The University of Pisa. He works on 16th-century literature and poetry of the second half of the 20th century. He has written essays on Ariosto, Berni, Boiardo, Bolaño, Rosselli and Benedetti, among others. He published L’inesploso, in Hula apocalisse (Prufrock Spa, 2018).

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