3 Consigli per l’estate: Grossman Guimaraes R. e Leopardi


Le mie preferenze di lettura IN ASSOLUTO.

Capita che ne siano rimasti fuori – di poco – i voli Pindarici, Omero Lucrezio Dante Cervantes Galileo padre Ricci Hume Smith Kant Hoelderlin la Achmatova e Yves Bonnefoy.

Ecco il podio della contemporaneità, filosofia poesia racconti-romanzi saggi e scienza.
Un unico moderno non contemp.: Giacomo. Ma poi ho aggiunto il suo maestro di italiano e letteratura Galileo.

1 Joao Guimaraes Rosa 1908-67, Grande Sertao. Veredas (intraducibile: solo per questo, vale la pena imparare il bras.-port.; anche per mulatt* o minute bellezze caboclo di Belem e Sertao)
2 Tutto Giacomo Leopardi 1798-1837 letto in tanti modi (non da E. Severino!), ma l’introduzione classica è il libro di P. Citati che ti porta dentro la mente di Giacomo in ogni stagione
3 Vassilij S. Grossman 1905-64, vita e destino. Lo scoprii negli anni ‘90 perché era il romanzo di rif. del mio filosofo personale, Emmanuel Levinas 1906-95. Di EL i 2 più grandi essays di sempre (Totalité et Infini 1961, Autrement qu’être ou au-delà de l’essence 1974): rifondazione di una filosofia non-classica, extra Cartesiana, dopo Heidegger e Shoah. Partendo dalla visione originaria, prima del determinismo linguistico, del volto di Autrui


Sotto al podio:
4 Thomas S Eliot 1888-1965, The Waste Land. Locus classicus per noi Sussex pupils: il weekend di sesso in albergo a Brighton, al v. …
5 Horcynus Orca, di Stefano D’Arrigo 1919-92 (il più giovane dei qui nominati, della gen. di mio papà). Anche, un parco di Messina; e la comprensione dell’umanità, intelligenza e gran cattiveria dei delfini

6 Galileo Galilei 1564- 1642, Il Saggiatore del 1623 e Dialogo … 1632,



Nick, the “cafone lucano” that gave self-assurance to Liberals

Here’s a letter to Michelle Obama.


Nick Chiaromonte played a bridge role, in the 1940s, between the new lib-soc interwar European culture, and East Coast Liberal, anti-Stalinist intellectuals. That was a cross-Ocean dissemination of New Left seeds; after the Columbus interchange of genes (F. Fernandez Armesto, various books) that shaped our Present, the Chiaromonte one of cultural genes that might re-open our Future.

to  MICHELLE OBAMA <info@barackobama.com>
date    12 February 2009 04:57
subject    Re: Your call to service (2009/1/12)

Dear Michelle,
I might have found something important, a hidden Italian contribution (in the 1940s, when so many Europeans had to escape to NY) to the birth, growth and emergence of a liberal culture, that is now fully deploying, for the first time ever, in your beloved husband as a President; that we feel as Our President in Italy as well, as everywhere in this cosmopolitan world (and this is another first time in History, I must say). I am about to post this idea, and this is an excerpt from the English Abstract of my post. It will appear on all 3 my blogs which are named below, with my signature. When my hypothesis will be a bit more robust, I might send an op-ed to the NYT on the subject, eventually.

the Secret Magister of the Novecento
the hidden roots in Lucania (Italy) of Obama’s way of thinking

NICOLA “NICK” CHIAROMONTE (1903 – 1972). Born in Rapolla, Lucania, Italia. He died in Rome.
A unique figure of a coherent,  self made and – hiddenly, behind the scenes – highly influential anti-totalitarian intellectual, with many curiosities in philosophy, a pioneering critique of Historicism and a great passion for theatre (where he believed Brecht was by far overvalued).
A pioneer of lib-socialism (although he early split in 1935, in Paris from the Rosselli brothers GL, Justice and Liberty group, for not paying lipservice to Italian nationalism and Risorgimento),  in the company of Arendt, Camus, Orwell and Weil. He fought in Spain with André Malraux’s aviation team: a real legend.
When in New York (Summer 1941-47), he played a  widely recognised Magister role in the liberal, anti-stalinist intelligentsia of the Partisan Review and Macdonald’s Politics, although he had to fight hard against a well alive marxism, yet. He was the best friend of Mary McCarthy (…).

A Maestro of the Novecento, he  found  his own Maestri in Andrea Caffi, Gaetano Salvemini and someone younger than him: Simone Weil. While he despised Gramsci as a cattivo maestro of generations.

The man with the energy and innovation, as  not only to stop the Reagan-Clinton decadence, but to establish a Liberal cultural and political “hegemony” (NOT in the awful, collectivist and retro Gramsci sense!), without antecedents in US history. It is impossible to understand where all this comes from, unless you dig deep, and also in the legacy of a man who literally came from the Nothing:  il “cafone lucano”. Point is: of the  two Nothings (Emanuele Severino), he was just coming from the Future (on a Time Machine). Thanks, Nick!
It is time to make Justice triumph. Time is ripe for the world, from Mumbai to LA to  know whom we have also to reward for the ongoing change.

The truth about such a despised and forgotten man, whose imagination, fed by Simone’s fertile one, created an Impossible Thought Experiment  – a libertarian socialism freed by Marxism – that we can now translate into a Real Experiment.

I follow every day the political battle in the US, and I am deeply engaged in doing the same in Italy. We can’t  believe yet all this is true, and all our destinies changed 180° in less than one year!
Thank you from the deep of my heart.
enzo fabio