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Verga innovatore / Innovative Verga

L’opera caleidoscopica di Giovanni Verga in chiave iconica, sinergica e transculturale / The kaleidoscopic work of Giovanni Verga in iconic, synergetic and transcultural terms

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Dagmar Reichardt and Lia Fava Guzzetta

Questa antologia internazionale focalizza l’opera letteraria di Giovanni Verga puntando sul suo potenziale «caleidoscopico» e transculturale. Le innovazioni del grande Verista siciliano, il respiro europeo del suo pensiero, le numerose sinergie estetiche e la sensibilità della sua denuncia sociale rivelano un autore pronto a dialogare attraverso la sua arte con i più squisiti scrittori della «letteratura mondo».

This international collection focuses on the literary work of Giovanni Verga pinpointing its «kaleidoscopic» and transcultural potential. The innovations of the leading Sicilian «verista», the European drive of his thought, the many aesthetic synergies and the sensitivity of his social denunciation show an author ready to interact through his art with top writers in World Literature.

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A Refuge for Giovanni Verga (Giuseppe Quatriglio)

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Giuseppe Quatriglio*

A Refuge for Giovanni Verga

For him, his birthplace was a refuge and not a source of inspira­tion. His house was a vessel of memories. In his work, Giovanni Verga ignored the locals and people of Catania to focus his attention on the country people of Vizzini, where his family’s properties were, and on the fishermen of the nearby Acitrezza. But in the city at the foot of lava-blackened Etna he gladly returned from travels and long stays in Florence and Milan, to enjoy the warmth of home, to abandon himself to his books and to his poetic ghosts, to the intimate and ever heavy correspondence with a few friends, and to the melancholy of old age.

The master of Verist literature was born and died in a house in the historic center of Catania, a respectable nineteenth century structure in Via Sant’Anna, whose door with round arch decorated with neoclassi­cal ornaments is marked by the number 8. A memorial plaque on the second floor that the passerby can barely see reads: “Giovanni Verga, here he formed his world and concluded it, in the immortal power of art, 1840–1922”. A second inscription below the first, placed there dur­ing the Fascist period, says, “The Municipality of Catania, in the year of the Great Sicilians, 1939–XVII”. Via Sant’Anna joins Via Garibaldi and Via Vittorio Emanuele, two important arteries in the eighteenth century Catania rebuilt after...

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