The physician Ariete returns to his Sicilian birthplace to investigate the mysterious disappearance of its villagers. There he and the psycho-ethnologist Mario Sinus discover a magic world of archaic gods, rituals, and beliefs that may provide redemption from the destructive forces of modern life. Bonaviri's mixture of magic realism, a pre-modern "scientific" learning, and a deep ecological awareness make this novel a fascinating and original experiment.
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This ecological novel is both a warning of environmental disaster and a lyric ode to the beauty of the Mediterranean: its flowers, herbs and trees, its creatures and the people who have lived in harmony with them for millennia. Bonaviri combines the detached irony of Sciascia with the magical layerings of Garca Mrquez.About the Author:
Giuseppe Bonaviri was born, in 1924, in the hilltop town of Mineo in Sicily. His father, Settimo Emanuele (Nan) Bonaviri (1902-1964), a tailor so shy he would go out of his way to avoid meeting in the street and thereby embarrassing a peasant who had not yet been able to pay him for a suit, secretly wrote poetry, which his son eventually edited as L'arcano. His mother, Giuseppina (Pap) Casaccio, youngest of the twenty-four children of the town's best baker at the turn of the century, was, like many of the women of Mineo, a gold mine of old tales and fables, who enthralled her wide-eyed children on winter nights with her superb skill as a storyteller and, in her eighties, set down her tales in small notebooks for her son, who reworked a number of them in his Novelle saracene.
Bonaviri began to write poems, stories, and novels before he was ten, and kept on writing through his high-school and university years in the nearby provincial capital, Catania, where he started medical school in 1943, receiving his degree in 1949. Many of his youthful works were later published in Il treno blu, Di fumo cilestrino, and Quark.
After getting his degree and while waiting to be drafted, he had begun work on a novel. The draft took him to the Military Academy in Florence in 1950 and to Alessandria and Casal Monferrato in Piedmont the following year, during which time he finished his novel. The well-known writer Elio Vittorini liked it and accepted it for publication in a series of new writers he was editing for the Turin publisher Einaudi. Il sarto della stradalunga (1954) is the story of the author's childhood
In the meantime, he spent several years as a doctor in Mineo, part of that time as the Public Health Office. Bonaviri moved to the Ciociaria region, between Rome and Cassino, where he married in 1957 and where for a few years, as a member of the staff of the hospital of Frosinone. Since 1964, when he left the hospital for private practice as a cardiologist in Frosinone, he has been able to dedicate half of his time to writing.
His work has been widely translated, into French and Spanish, as well as German, Swedish, Polish, Czech, Russian, and Chinese.
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Descrizione libro Italica Press, Inc., 2008. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0934977216
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