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16 November 2016
The book on the nightstand: The love before us
Many people are under the spell of the myth, its charm enclosed in the time of the story that magically embraces past, present and future because actually there’s no time outside of it.
The myth is eternally present. Such is his narrative power that the oral tradition leads it to these days; perhaps because the stories of Apollo and Daphne, Orpheus and Eurydice are even our stories. They continue to talk about us, to us, and we feel that we can still reflect into them, we can still looking for answers.
This is the spirit that Paola Mastrocola, in her new book The Love Before Us, give us a lot of fabulous stories in which she gives to old stories new dialogues, using the language of men and women of our Age. Spoken like a modern Eurydice:
if I followed you, you will bring me back to normal life, days that end up and leave, and finally they leave us aged, again on the verge of leaving. Love is the distance, it feeds on impassable distances. I don’t need to live with you. In this darkness where I can’t see you, and I haven’t you, it’s perfect to love you. Spare you is love.
It’s a surprise to read about humanized heroes and heroines, plagued by earthly doubts and fears, it’s like they wanted to tell us that love is always only love, that its rules are the same, whether you have a fragile and finite life or you are immortal.
Time of the reading:
every night a goodnight mith
She is an art historian, optimistic and empathic by nature. She imagines a world where sow kindness enjoying the little things. She's in love with stories since she was a child, for the Eat Culture she eats books and arts. Per aspera ad astra says the only tattoo on her skin. It reminds her that the road that leads to her dreams is not always easy but that she never gives up.