the National Literary Prize “Rosa d’amore” Genius loci of Macchiagodena
To “Candle eyes” by Roberta Muzio
“Eyes of Candle. A Little Story and Love Stories in a Southern Country” by author and journalist Roberta Muzio is the winning book of the “Rosa d’amore” Genius Loci National Literary Prize in Macchiagodena: this is the first volume (Lampo, 2019), which is started the family saga takes place in Frosolone.
The award was named after Rosetta Di Filippo, mother of the author and historian of Macchiagodena, Nadia Verdile, and became official during the recent ceremony in Macchiagodena, the national headquarters of the reading villages. The award was highly coveted by the Verdile family and handed over to the author directly by Nadia Verdile, who also represented her brother Flavio and daughter Dafne Rapuano. This is the motivation: “It is a plural story of souls, thoughts and habits. Of tenacious, iron, sweet women. It is the story of the past, of the narrow alleys, of fireplaces, of the first cars, of the old mules and horses, of poverty and fear, of rebirth and growth. The story of Muzio, which consists of twelve chapters, a background and hundreds of lives, is the huge watercolor of a pen that he paints as he tells “.
The competition, now in its second edition, saw the participation of many competitors from all over Italy and several school children, who took part in the closing ceremony, which was held in the piazza Ottavio de Salvio, at the foot of the castle. “It’s an enormous honor for me to receive this recognition,” commented Roberta Muzio. my hands, which, however, are the women of my family and, metaphorically, of all the women who fought and won for a real liberation on a human, social, family and economic level.What I tell in this book is the story of my grandmother Kronet: an extraordinary woman, strong, brave, a forerunner at the moment, but also sweet, loving, motherly and above all intuitive and gifted with an innate grace.He conquered his position with work and dignity, always being able to count on the support and noble soul of my grandfather’s soul. In this book I start with my grandparents, Incoronata and Francesco, but I end up telling the story of an entire community, of the generations who experienced war, emigration, rebirth. is vo res south, which is reflected in these pages imbued with local historical memory against the background of major national and world events in the early 19th and 20th centuries ”.
Occhi a candela is in fact only the first volume of a saga, which is then continued with the second entitled “The Sound of Iron”, a metaphor referring to the art of forging, by Sant’Elena Sannita’s knife sharpeners, by transhumans’ cowbells and which in the end always leaves the door open for a sequel. “There is always something to tell when you start researching a family story. – explains Muzio – The papers, the objects, the places give back events that may have stood still for years, sometimes centuries, and which are just waiting to be discovered. That’s why we wanted to give our little museum in the historic center of Frosolone the name “Candle eyes”, which was simply a term that my grandmother used to say open eyes or, even better, use intuition to look beyond . It is located right in the house where some of the reported events took place. A space that gives back to society the memory of our ancestors, a custodian of local microhistory, especially as it was enriched by a section called the Ancient school library, a container with stimuli for memories and knowledge of southern Italy. The idea that the prize for this book comes from a country like Macchiagodena, which has put culture and books at the center of its activity, represents for me, for us, for the Piccolo museo, which is already a member of the National Association of Small Museums of ‘ Italy, a source of great pride and in a sense seals an old bond between the communities of Frosolone, Sant’Elena Sannita and Macchiagodena.
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