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Il mondo come teatro. Storia e storie nelle narrazioni di Ernesto Ferrero

Il mondo come teatro.  Storia e storie nelle narrazioni di Ernesto Ferrero

Official history as a theater of fictions and instrumental deceptions

Ernesto Ferrero owes his popularity to his novel “N.”, which earned him the Premio Strega in the year 2000. It explores the intertwining of momentous historical events and the individual life stories through the ten months of Napoleon’s exile in Elba. His entire work as a narrator and essayist demystifies that theater of fictions and instrumental deceptions to which official history is so often reduced. Ferrero blurs the boundaries of genres and languages, focusing on the quality of a prose that draws on Calvino, Primo Levi and Sciascia, to explore the relationship between the face and the mask, art and life, the individual and the mass, through the extreme cases of larger-than-life men: the monstrous Gilles de Rais (“Bluebeard” or Barbe Bleu) and Francis of Assisi in the hallucinations of the Middle Ages; Napoleon; and Salgari, the American swindler who enchanted Italy in 1924. In a series of incisive studies, Luciano Curreri reconstructs this original historical pathway against the backdrop of contemporary culture.

Genre: Essays

Subject: Literary Criticism

Publishing house:

Leo S. Olschki

Year of publication: 2021

Published in: Firenze

Number of pages: 126

Price: 10,00

ISBN: 978 88 222 6799 3


Il mondo come teatro.  Storia e storie nelle narrazioni di Ernesto Ferrero

Luciano Curreri

Luciano Curreri (Turin, 1966), Professor of Italian Language and Literature at the University of Liège since 2008, is a member of the editorial staff of ‘Retroguardia 3.0’ and is primarily noted as an essayist and narrator. As an expert, he participated in some episodes of ‘Il Tempo e la Storia’ (2013-2016) and ‘Passato e presente’ (2019-2020) on RAI 3, which were devoted to Spartacus, Salgari, Pinocchio, mining in Italy, the Paris Commune, Pastrone and the dawn of cinema.

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