“Absence of the Minister of Culture in Campania, large border”

Naples with its extreme narrative value, the reinterpretations of the past, the changes, the losses seen as a different type of presence. These are some of the topics covered at the I Carissimi School in Santa Maria Capua Vetere, where the presentation of two novels by the talented and famous Neapolitan author Maurizio De Giovanni was held.

The novels presented in a packed meeting room at the school were “An Escape for Sara” and “The Equation of the Heart”. A heartfelt dialogue between the author De Giovanni and the moderators, the lawyer Iulia Auriemma and the owner of the Spartaco bookstore, the initiator of the cultural event in collaboration with the principal of the San Marino school Giovanni Di Cicco. In the heartfelt conversation, Maurizio De Giovanni revealed how his city or Naples in his novels was the perfect backdrop and the most precious container to draw on: “I am a storyteller like everyone else – the author admitted – but I respect others, I am lucky enough to be able to get your hands on an amazing wealth of stories that is my city, Naples.It’s a city that is different from the others, it’s a city that is then a universe with inside a reserve of complete opposite worlds between them and that is always to say. “

However, it did not lack Maurizio De Giovanni’s apology for the disadvantages that Naples is facing on the cultural front. “Naples has always had a very large class of writers in all eras of its great history – explained the Neapolitan writer – I myself draw from Naples and its extreme narrative value in the absence of a cultural industry up to par. The largest number of musicians, writers, actors, directors, but we do not have a publishing house at a national level, nor a film production house or a record company.In Naples and then in Campania, there is no cultural adviser since President De Luca he has decided to keep the competence delegations to himself. there is no direct institutional dialogue on the cultural front “.

De Giovanni’s regret was also great with regard to the fact that a great writer and poet like Vincenzo Russo, who entrusted extraordinary melodies to the history of Neapolitan song, such as “I te vurriá vasá”, was not entitled to Naples. A glimpse of recognition for the great story of Vincenzo Russo was offered by the stubborn Neapolitan municipal councilor Flavia Sorrentino, who undertook to register a request to that effect at the Neapolitan town hall. Attention then shifted to the connection between the characters in both novels and how important it is to have a reread of the past, as the mind often plays tricks that are often dangerous and often make use of a mechanism of historical revisionism.

But does the past teach us nothing? To this question, De Giovanni took stock of the reinterpretations of the past that “change the present,” explaining how “past events often have fatal reflections on the present and the future. These are the most important changes because while in the present change, it faces . . The discovery of a secret entrusted to time or a great deal of pain are the main threads in the narrative plots of the living characters of Maurizio De Giovanni. Correlated to the change is certainly the pain that often stems from a loss, which for the author “is not an absence but an increase in presence. There is therefore a change. One survives a pain. However, the survivor is another person. he is more prone to a certain kind of reflection, and he is certainly a person for whom memory becomes more important.It is loss that changes people and the change towards loss that makes us more aware.

The ability to adapt to pain or change in general is perhaps the very rule of survival. “With pain, you make friends, learn to listen to it because it’s a presence, it’s a way to look for a little more tenderness in your life,” De Giovanni emphasizes.

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