Urban Space, Violence and Gender Identity in Post-War Italian Crime Fiction
Preface by Cecilia Scerbanenco
11 Preface Il destino di mettersi a narrare gli era nato di colpo leggendo un ro- manzo. A un certo punto vi descriveva l’ultimo incontro tra due ma- turi amanti: lei capace d’ingannarsi ancora sull’amore di lui (…); lui deciso come non mai a lasciarla. Quella gioia illusoria della donna e la crudele contraddizione della realtà emozionarono Scerbanenco. Gli parve che proprio in quel rapporto stesse un poco l’intera sostanza della vita. This paragraph is part of an interview by Oreste del Buono, published in 1953 in the Italian magazine Oggi. My father, Giorgio Scerbanenco, roots his desire to write – to narrate – in the complex- ity of human beings, and in the contradictions of our emotions and lives. I have rarely found a better description of his work than in these few lines. Contradiction and complexity are the key aspects to my father’s writing, style and personality. Nevertheless, Scerbanenco has been too often judged ‘too simple’. This has been said of both his char- acters and his prose. So, when I read Marco Paoli’s work, I particu- larly enjoyed it because I discovered that we share the same critical approach with regard to my father’s work. Over the last ten years, I have tried to collect all my father’s works. This has given me a quite clear view of how complex and contradictory his life had been: both professionally and person- ally. He was born into an intellectual family during the Belle Époque. Following the violent death of his aristocratic father...
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