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SACHA NASPINI, “OUR AbsENCES” (E/O, pp. 174 – 16.00 euro) – I think that discontent is the main character in the books, of the characters of Sacha Naspini, and it is represented in his most important novels, specifically “Houses of the Discontented”. That feeling of resentment, of a desired, emotional, or physical invasion that has cost dearly and then perhaps deeply disappointed and thus weighed down and made you resentful, turns into unhappiness and anger, affects and harms your life as a prisoner, and then the point becomes, for those who make it, “that they open up a corridor and get out somewhere.” And so, with this sentence, which ends in “Our Absences”, a novel published ten years ago and now re-proposed by Edizioni E/O after the success of the other books, from “Ossigeno” and “Nives” to “Robert Wright’s Voice” of this Maremma writer, And we add this adjective not to make Naspini’s production domestic, but because it’s really personal, I think it’s the historical roots of this discontent that always ends up being investigated.

Here then everything is grafted onto the elementary psychology of a ten-year-old from a petite bourgeois family, selfish as much as he feels invaded by his classmate, Michelle, who comes ‘from the depths of the trash’, a poor family who lives in a deserted corner. From the village, to which the protagonist and I the narrator always feel the credit for the toys, the clothes, and the food given to him every evening, when he appears at the door in time. Giving voice to this very young character, not in imitated childlike language, but in simple and direct writing, without pretensions from the grown-ups, in telling and describing himself, the author turns towards his most difficult books, which balance those mainly narrated. Even a thread of irony in their pain and treachery, in their indignation. A child betrayed by life and distinguished by an oblivious father, tells fairy tales and comes one day to look for the carabinieri, because he works for Enel, but is a tomb robber and escapes antiques, making him but in the eyes of his son also a kind of adventurous pirate who risks trying to make a lot of money and go To the legendary America.

Indeed, the desire to emulate, the dream of discovery that makes rich by solving all the problems, will be born in this child – moreover plump and harassed by his companions, while Michelle grows up to be a handsome boy – a desire to imitate, the dream of discovery that makes you rich By solving all problems. And the discovery will come, with the accidental discovery of what might be an Etruscan tomb in the woods by Michel, who nonetheless works to get his friend to get it back, after his father’s earnest behavior makes him move away from the hero’s home. .

And here begins the real story, the one that only begins to burn when you give great gratification, those marks in the depths, which disturb the existence between rage and nightmares, even trying to hit everything and start a potential outlet, so painful the path of liberation. As for the sons of the “Osigino” who are captured by the mental mechanisms unleashed by evil, even here, after the black, everything closes to this captive soul in the sign of hope. A story that begins in a simple way, for many of the characters is absolute biographical, which tells the village newspaper, a family life, a very young mother, left by her father, finds herself free and begins to enjoy life just like a 26-year-old woman, a grandmother imprisoned by the memory of her first love who struggles by making tarot cards for people and taking care of her grandson, then begins digging deep until everything falls apart on her. So you will have to come to terms with the real values, which are not money and America, but find out who you really are, close your accounts with the past, as your grandmother does, and being able to live at peace with yourself themselves, the thing that makes us fit in, engage us in it, always understand how hard it is That and something that must be overcome with commitment and perhaps suffering.

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From the monastery to Santa Marta, two popes coexisted – books – a book a day

Massimo Franco, abbey. Benedict XVI, Nine Years of the Pope of Darkness (Soliferino, p. 288, €18.00) Two popes, one governor and one emeritus, two oddities in the history of the Vatican, two “circles” of friends and supporters. Thus became the Convent of the Ecclesiastical Mother, where Benedict XVI lived, and Santa Marta, where Pope Francis chose to reside, leaving the apartment allotted to him in the Apostolic Palace empty, “two antagonistic poles, beyond and even against the will of “two popes”; by almost inertial force, Under the pressure of circles of power that are very inclined to settle scores old and new and to break the miraculous continuity which the two old Popes have sought and are trying to preserve.” Massimo Franco, columnist for the Corriere della Sera and one of the greatest connoisseurs of the “Vatican Chambers”, wrote this in the book published today with the newspaper: “The Convent. Benedict XVI, Nine Years of the Shadow Papacy” (Solferino).
The time during which Joseph Ratzinger lived as Pope Emeritus had elapsed eight years of his pontificate (2005-2013) as he was “ruling”. And if his loyalty to Francis, never questioned, and confirmed by Bergoglio’s affection for his predecessor, leads to talk of “continuity”, the fact remains that the monastery is a point of reference for many figures who see it in an alternative way, a guardian of Orthodoxy, compared to the pontificate of Francis, more pastoral . When it is not “the place to which the wounded go by the hands of Francis to take care of themselves. And there are many,” says Cardinal Gerhard Muller, former director of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who also seems to refer to himself as Franco writes.
Indeed, it is as if the two dwellings, separated by a few hundred meters, but seemingly very far apart in terms of the styles and people who frequent them, were motivated, other than the will of Bergoglio and Ratzinger, to two ways of conception. a church. There are two visions that often try not to be too frank but will inevitably return to openly face each other in an upcoming concave meeting. Massimo Franco recalls that in everything, “the theme of papal resignation, still disorganized, trusting in good faith and a sense of responsibility for those who abandon them and behind “remains looming and unresolved.” In these nine years now, we have spoken a great deal about the need to “Organizing” the Pope’s resignation, but in fact there is still a gap today “casts a shadow of uncertainty far beyond the experience of the monastery and the coexistence of Benedict and the Pope. Francesco”, we read in the book.
The essay is a real “journey”, physical, into that place away from the world but actually in the heart of the Vatican where Benedict chose to live. But it is also a journey through the history of the Catholic Church in these nine years, among the heroes who attended the two dwellings, Monastero and Santa Marta, as distinguished interlocutors.
Among the people closest to Ratzinger, in addition to the historical secretary, is Monsignor. Franco-Georges Jenswin collected the testimony card of the former head of the Holy Office.
Muller. He is the one who speaks directly, without exaggerating the words, when referring to the “Court of the False Friends of Francis” or to the “Sunday Theologians” whom he defines as “amateurs.” Beginning with what would become for a German theologian a “schism”, who would be “extremely concerned” about Ratzinger, or rather the more progressive positions of the German Church, highlights that “the Friends of the Holy Father promote it, and who in fact they are, use it only when it suits them.” , to carry out their strategy. This is the drama of his pontificate,” he says, referring to Bergoglio.
The book also talks about the echo of the financial and child sexual abuse scandals. From the opening to China as well as to the “chaos” that had an impact on the relations between the two “Vatican” countries, such as Benedict’s letter “cut off” or the Quartet book between Ratzinger and the card. Robert Sarah. The figure of Benedict XVI stands out above all else, “pale, brittle, and lanky, and at the same time so intellectually sharp of a pope emeritus who is able to dispense with fewer and fewer words; but when he does so he continues to evoke an enormous resonance.” (handle).

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