Since writing workshop Liceo Volta:
I had great pleasure to listen to his speech last Saturday and on many of his views, I found myself in agreement.
In particular, in his answers about feminism I sensed in her the strength of those who fought for their emancipation, to succeed in a world ruled by men in which there are still many prejudices.
The fact that he managed to win his battles, to be considered an 'icon of twentieth century Italian literature, It gives me a great admiration, because you earn the 'independence is exactly what I want to do in life, both in the field of work, and in the social, both in economic. I would love to one day be able to rebel fully to society based on appearance, as you said, He belittles the person as they do not understand it in its entirety. This food for thought makes me think the school, where people are often reduced to votes, mere numbers that can make us feel inferior (or higher) to the others, to make us insecure, to make us anxious; I really do not mind rebel against me even to this. I'm thinking about Saturday and I really thank, because now I understand better some situations.
But I'd like to understand a little more on the issue of so-called death of ideologies: I consider myself a feminist (what girl does not consider this?), I'm young, I want to make my voice heard: how is it that the 'ideology of feminism no longer exists? I am sure that we are many who think so.
A 'other of his answers that particularly struck me was the one about the dell' imagination places, literary places that are part of us even though we never visited. Here again I pondered, that reading allows to travel through time and space, that day d 'today many prefer to surf the Internet rather than immerse themselves in a book,that you never find the time to make this imaginary journey. I wondered if she felt the need to see these places in real life, from personal experience because I think sometimes it is better to keep them in an imaginary sphere: maybe lose a bit 'of the magic that lingers around them in the books that we love them if you really visitassimo. What is your opinion about?
As by now he has understood the 'meeting 7 October has provided me with many insights, and I think I can say with certainty that has enriched me. It would be nice to have a 'no other possibility of confrontation like that.
Thank you for giving us a bit 'of his experience and wisdom.
Un caro saluto
How sig.ra Dacia Maraini,
I write, I admit, with a little 'fear: not for the formal reverence at the sight at a higher, but for that mixture of admiration and awe that arouses in us who, one way or another, He took part in the History. Ma, as you said a few days ago coming in my school, in reading as in writing we create an environment, a literary place to ourselves; then I hope that this letter will be the cozy space of our meeting, hence keep away any embarrassment.
Maybe you remember me, sitting in the front row, with a notebook on her legs, intention to register all too devoutly every sentence. Ah, right, I am Andrea. I want to state my name; indeed it was she, During the meeting a few days ago, to ask us before all our interventions, intention, as I think, you want to establish with us first of all a dialogue between people. How much power do the words! With a name, with a short set of syllables, we can distinguish ourselves as individuals, and at the same time feel closer as men. He has always been fascinated with the language, which it is able to create, to destroy, merge or split, through a system of symbols and conventions, complex and at the same time natural, or even inevitable for the man.
I was completely immersed in taking notes when I saw on my sheet his speech take shape: He was speaking our language. At that time thousands of possible questions must have gone through his head, accavallandosi confused, but in the end I chose to simply ask you this, a request more than the solution of a doubt "How do we defend the Italian, which increasingly he is flattening, and that seems unable to adapt to the demands of the web, which requires our written reaction and demands immediately?”.
Unfortunately I have to agree with you that the immediacy of the media is likely gradually to erode the Italian's potential: I say unfortunately because I too often I adapt to the distorted standards of this communication that leaves no time for reflection. Here, I do not see much in that "servility" towards English language, she denounced, the biggest problem, As in a busy system that gobbles up our words even before they are formulated and evaluated within us. You as a writer can understand what I'm talking: when I read a book always imagine all the invisible author's thoughts that have gone on to fill the millimeter space between each line and the other.
But because we are adjusting to this sellout of language? I often find myself reading on my phone the hundreds of comments that are written every day on the network by ordinary people, from friends or strangers, and I end up being sick of nonsense that I find written. Yet it takes so little, It would be enough to take a few moments to think about, to decide that maybe do not know enough to express my opinion, or who simply need to inform, to better understand; This in my opinion is the real drift of language and communication.
But as I expressed in the meeting to School, I wish that his intervention becomes at least groped to go against this trend, and decide you want to use our language, and not to abuse it. With a spirit perhaps too utopian (of course I am still a boy) I want to boot from me this change with a simple commitment as difficult to maintain: love the word and give it importance. But I can not and I must be content that this attempt at resistance remains only greeted by a few kids unheeded. Bid then her, Ms. Maraini, its own challenges, to you and to other writers, teachers and yes, even to those who make entertainment and politics; because they never adjust the debasement of language we are seeing, which it is then debasement of thought and dialogue. I guess there are many young people who would know accept this counter change if only they had a real benchmark.
hopefully Rest, because that's what she sent me: hope and desire for change. I hope you continue to want to talk to us kids, and I've always want to educate, because with education, I am sure, you can still change the minds and hearts of the people.
I hope to hear more combative and never fail the trust that you have shown in us.
I greet you with respect and gratitude
I would first like to thank: Saturday's meeting, albeit too short to contain the many questions that raises the comparison with one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century Italian, It has opened many ways for reflection on important current issues and also on our personal level, of boys and girls growing up in an increasingly complex world.
I found beautiful intervention on contemporary society, especially in relation to the role and significance of women. A company that she called "wellness", a market society based on seduction, where everything can be bought and sold, and the manipulation of the body, in particular the female, It is the greatest form of slavery. You do not suffer more hunger, but rather the body of the sacredness of the human person and loss: everything can be exploited, bartered, trivialized. And this trend is reflected in the end of the great twentieth-century ideologies. The man of our century prefers to withdraw into one's individuality, in the private sphere, no longer recognizes in politics, transformed into mere power game; even the intellectual world has fragmented, without the binding element and strong planning given ideology. Even feminism it understood as maximum system is dead, but he left a great legacy to the Western world: freedom from male bias, but also female, the end of antagonism between women.
She also said the extreme importance of the revolution. Although it can end badly, or being misunderstood, or manipulated and transformed into what he wanted to be, it is critical: despite the failure, every new idea will remain in the social fabric and in the historical memory of a people. He referred to the French Revolution and the Revolution of Christ, which formed the basis of our Western society: the concept of "liberté, equality, Fraternité "and the historicizing of the Bible represent what most distinguishes us, for example, by Islamic and oriental world. The feminist movement has questioned androcentrism and has put an end to the demonization and the negative value of the woman.
In the light of these reflections, my question is: on what basis a guy can get today to establish itself as a person and in a society, in what could believe in a world that has lost any fixed reference point, where everything is fluid, flowing, change, where nothing has a solid foundation and the future is more than ever an unknown, a fly blind into the uncertainty fog?
The current problem is the rediscovery of one's identity as a person and as a people, in the face of phenomena such as globalization and immigration. E 'need to recover a sense of the sacred, a "spirituality", respect for something: now that everyone is free to believe what they want, nobody believes in anything.
lei, who lived hunger and suffering of war and captivity, the postwar rebirth and economic boom, the great ideologies and the brilliant intellectual world who gathered in cafes and finally the market society of the twenty-first century, how could answer these questions? In what direction will the world think that? And how can we orient ourselves in the future?
I greet you and thank you,
Cara Dacia Maraini,
He writes one of the many students who listened, careful and at the same time excited, his sensitive and accurate considerations on our current.
Of all his thoughts, a particular concept struck me deeply; a principle that, perhaps mistakenly, I found littered in every single sentence. I am referring to criticism of a dogmatic perception of reality, which imposes a sweetened and diminished vision of the injustices and inequalities still exist in our time. This statement is not at all obvious; more and more individuals who consider false and trivial, and fewer and fewer intellectuals who dare to openly declare who are the real culprits in the degradation of the global society. It 'much easier to accuse the peoples of ignorance rather than attack the absolutist market expansion, religious fanaticism, the alleged and hypocritical social egalitarianism based on consumption. It 'much more satisfying and reassuring take it with weaker: with those who have lost their jobs, with those who are submissive, with whom he has nothing. Her words, therefore, have revived in me these words. Maybe will be, to a trained eye, absurd reflections, inconsistent or even incorrect; however, I just jumped in mind and I could not longer scrollarmeli off.
Here, then, that by my mental euphoria, there is one single question: that role must have the figure of the intellectual in our society? HE, as Gramsci believed, every great revolution is the result of an immense cultural movement, what principles, what ideology intellectuals have a duty to find?
That is the question I am asking. My hope these questions prove to be not only useless ramblings. Anyhow, I offer not only my big hello, but also my deepest thanks for making me discover another way of reading our world.
I quickly introduce: I am a girl of 17 years and I would love to be a writer.
From childhood I am passionate about reading and around 8 I started writing short stories, I shared with teachers and relatives. Crescendo, I developed a tendency to reserve what I wrote - no more stories, but reflections and short poems - a few and far between readers. The reason for this change is perhaps deep in my unconscious and do not know it, but I know, although I have the desire to be understood, I prefer to keep my private thoughts for the moment. He was struck by a phrase that gives us the meeting with students 7 October, or that a writer can be read in many ways; I believe in fact that, although in the words an author wants to communicate a clear message, anyone who comes into contact can find meaning and a personal interpretation, derived from previous experiences, that go beyond the original intention of the writer. During the meeting also, covered topics that I consider very important for our formation and from which often superficially talks, like the figure of the woman and her role in advertising. Our system is now more busy in spreading images and concepts only to a gain, than to sensitize young people and make them more aware of the reality in which they live. It is this problem to heart because I feel personally affected, as I think many other, the stereotypes that have emerged about the woman. In recent years, in particular during the transition from high school to the upper, I considered myself too different and sometimes not suitable because I did not return in certain categories. Now I recognize that my feeling was wrong inadequate, but I am indeed convinced that those negative messages have contributed to my concerns and those of other guys. We should learn to value what we consider our weaknesses and turn them into stepping stones; about this , I think of the events narrated in the fine novel "The Marianna Ucrìa long life", where the disability of the protagonist may seem an insurmountable obstacle. Instead I found that through it his character has been comprehensively developed, with words that were derived from an internal reflection and solitary, not impulsiveness of character or as fast in responding. Working in classroom I realized that most of the dialogue is the result of written conversations, no oral direct speech. I think it is affirmed the power of the word, the desire to carefully choose which ones to use, Also to describe delicately powerful moments, and trying not to waste words, to learn how to really communicate without rhetorical tricks, as often is the case. This book taught me that, in every situation, it is necessary to dig, sometimes painfully, in the depths of ourselves, to understand and report the truth of the facts and reality, in its various complications and facets.
I do not know if I ever achieve my dream or if I continue to reserve my writing to a few people, I am, however, sure that I will ripen all the teachings received from the reading to be able to return as closely as possible what surrounds us and what we can only grasp the soul.
Thank you for giving us many stimuli and an important food for thought.
With affection and esteem,
while my gaze rests on the cover of "The Long Life of Marianna Ucrìa" I think back to our meeting a few days ago. I confess that I had never seen such a large audience of students so thoughtful and careful during a conference in Grand'Aula of our high school. His words were precious "grains of sand destined to become pearls". He answered many questions, from current events to write, trying to dissolve doubts and give advice to those who today, like us, It happens to live in a society in which each value is almost too late. Reading his acclaimed historical novel "The long life of Marianna Ucrìa" , the eighteenth-century Sicily as she described seemed to have much in common with today's world: the inability to communicate and the silence of the Sicilian society, the desire to conform to others and ultimately the role of women. Of course also during our meeting was not possible to miss the questions about feminism. His battle in favor of women and their rights is well known and appreciated, for this I too was curious to know what he thought about it. The character of Marianna has fascinated me from the very first lines of the novel. This seemingly so fragile female figure , It possesses courage and tenacity capable of reaching, Also silent, everyone's heart. Marianna communicates his thoughts by writing notes of thanks to the special desk, So I ask: for her is more valuable writing or speech?I wanted to ask you this question during the meeting referring back to his remarks on language and linguistic servility. In fact, the Italian safeguard should start from us young, from our everyday life. I welcome the challenge that I launched my partner Andrea and I hope that the draft "Italianisation" foreign terms can be carried out by all of my class is an example of the Italian boys. I also very much shared his thoughts about the importance of literary places. I, too, every time I read, I feel transported into the narrative places. Especially when reading fantasy novels and science fiction, places nonexistent become real in my mind. However, I believe that traveling physically still proves the most fascinating and instructive experience. The contact with new cultures, habits and languages enriches the person and his experience in society ... and in fact she has traveled around the world for both business and pleasure!
Thank you for the valuable lessons and for the dedication that I will keep jealously along with the memories of our short but intense encounter.
In the hope that it will be possible to present other opportunities to entertain with her, I greet with affection and esteem.
I'm not used to write to someone you do not know personally; I love writing letters to those who are important to me to confess what they represent for me and, despite the only contact I've had with her it was only a handshake, I feel I know and have much to say. She fascinates me. I tell him so, in blunt way, because it is the truth. Having had the opportunity to read his biography, I could discover interesting facts about his past that, besides me hit, I made me realize how much she is strong: He had the courage to voice his suffering and did not fear any discrimination, He was not afraid to express herself or to speak his mind on any subject. About this, on the occasion of his visit to the high school A. Como Volta, I wish I had the time to ask how, in his book 'The long life of Marianna Ucrìa', she has managed to make so well the silence, much to do to prove to the reader. He met a reality of the closest kind to her, or managed, through his personal experience, to transform the inability to have their say to the woman during the period she is, in a true physical disability? 'The long life of Marianna Ucrìa', Unfortunately, His is the only book I read, but I really enjoyed it. I admire her so much as a writer because he has the ability to tell the reader exactly what you want to say. After a first impression "outer", so to say, I had the fortune to meet her and I appreciated right from the start. He was struck so deep that she has been put on our same floor: first, as, seeing, He shook my hand to introduce himself (though, probably, not even remember my face: but I will remember this exciting time for life) as if she, internationally renowned writer, He had pleasure to present to any student of any school in Como; Also it was so natural and spontaneous the way, whenever someone would ask a question, lei, in answer, repeated several times his name, just as if it were a conversation between friends; Yup, a conversation, because she has not done this meeting to answer our curiosity, but in order to have a dialogue with us and this is of extraordinary importance, because it shows how much she is down-to-earth and ready to confrontation with anyone, not only with industry experts, but also with any of the boys. Over the years I have met many writers who did not seek a dialogue and I always wished that they did, because when I read a book that I like, I feel understood by the author, and become for me a reference point, though I not know him personally; therefore, if I have the chance to meet him, I wish he did not disappoint my expectations. lei, without any doubt, He has not disappointed. I wished that time would never end; any subject matter, She filled him with enthusiasm and not only said his personal opinion, but contestualizzava so that everyone could feel part of speech.
I particularly loved when he said that his favorite sites are those that belong to literary and, I share a lot of his thinking that read transport us to other places and times, operating a sort of detachment of reality. Few years ago, I began to have a desire to become a writer to be for others what some authors have for me: landmarks that make me feel understood, who know how to put into words feelings that I can not explain; but, thanks to you, Now I realized that I would like to be a writer for stay, like her, with feet on the ground despite the success. She said that there are writers who die and writers who remain alive even after the death of the body, because of the greatness of their works. You will surely be among the second.
Thanks for what you left me.
How Sig.ra Maraini, I am writing bearing in our hearts the dialogue had on the occasion of his visit to our school. In this circumstance, I felt very much in tune with her, emotionally and empathetic, especially when he presented his opinion on 'Current Status of Women.
He insisted, during 'meeting, that our kind, albeit legally and theoretically equal to that of men for rights, It is in fact a victim of abuse and discrimination. Our person is often trivialized, forced into categories, injured in his dignity, especially when you commodify our body. In today's society being a woman is not easy. Often I like 'impression that we do not expect that any free person would be willing to accept less than we would be able to do. BUT the fact that the news, with respect to the victims of femicide, never mention their social commitment, their character strengths, their affections and successes working. All that being said, and that basically most people expect, is "It was beautiful", as if that would be enough to describe the complexity of a person. The media therefore tend to stereotype women 's image, conveying the 'idea that a girl can get an award or be successful only exposing one's body. Often he does not consider a woman for possessing talents, but what of its physicality and of itself is willing to sell. This disappoints me and very disheartening to me that a man,regardless, It is always placed in an upper position with respect to a woman.
In his long years of experience in the publishing field she accused the cultural paradox that sees many writers involved in writing, but little present in school anthologies. I wonder if he ever felt, even to him, this distrust. He had to give up some project that was close to his heart because his publisher, or other professionals, l 'have underestimated as a woman?
Despite the prejudices and contradictions that have characterized our age, He has fought tenaciously to assert a 'strong and independent female image. It 'been able to rehabilitate and compensate , partly, womankind. In the end his efforts were crowned with public recognition and was able to establish himself as a writer, the Italian cultural scene, and as a woman. What advice would you give to a young person who wants to embark on a journey of self-realization? Should more emphasis be put their skills and creativity in business and devote himself entirely to the family in the role of wife and mother? To what extent it is right to take time away from 'one and all' other aspect? My questions, perhaps too insistent, born from the desire to find my place in the world as a young woman, and respond to existential questions, I think every girl is raised.
About this, it would be useful in schools would strive more dialogues with established women in different fields of work, to orient the students in their future choices. Perhaps one day we met with her, can not be considered the 'inspirer of this educational project.
I want to conclude this letter by expressing my gratitude, because with his work was able to give a voice to those who have not 'had and bring color in the existence of many women. And as she said, color gives life and meaning to everything.
I hope soon to receive your response, and to see her again, if there is occasion.
I greet with affection,