Francesco Cevasco is the third pen "Corriere della Sera" that becomes part of the jury of the Prize "Città di Como", After Dacia Maraini and Pierluigi Panza. A treble respectable, confirming the newspaper via Solferino a center for ideas and commentators. Cevasco has long been editor of the cultural pages of the Corriere della Sera after working in newspapers and magazines. He also collaborated with Corriere di Como, daily combined with the "Courier".
Cevasco, how do you assess the writings coming to the premium?
My personal evaluation criterion is always to, whether it must express an opinion on a novel, an essay or a collection of poetry, and no matter if the author is already known or is otherwise a rookie: mainly imports groped to figure out if the text I'm reading really has something to say, or if it's a patchwork of things already known. The difference is the originality, It is among those who puts his creativity in a new way, and those who make a collage of things already known or worse plagiarized here and there. Of course when I say that I try something new also it means something that has the ability to strike, to punch me in the stomach, move me or maybe since dall'incipit in the final surprise of the last lines.
Last year they got more than 2 thousand processed. Li read all?
It's true, in Italy we have a book production is among the highest in the world, about 1000 books a day. But when I review a book I read everything, and I make notes and draw attention to the necessary parts. It seems to me an essential prerequisite seriousness.
Where is now the Italian literature, I think in particular to fiction?
Today we no longer have those models that were once considered truly innovative, I think of Pavese, Fenoglio and Calvino. The American literature on the contrary has proved to be able to renew, to churn out new teachers. They did not stay in Philip Roth, for example, have a Don DeLillo. Instead we here in Italy we were a bit 'stopped, We certainly good contemporary authors (I think Missiroli) but others who do not leave deep scars. Since the season of "cannibals" in then also everything is written with an excess of cruelty in recounting the events and less attention to the quality of writing ".
Here, What is meant when we talk about quality of writing?
The literary style is crucial, denotes the ability to use the words in the world and in the right direction, to process them and turn them into a new language, as did Joyce or Proust. They come out so many books that contain very strong stories and even engaging, but unfortunately combined with a very weak writing. Mind you: have a good story is a mandatory prerequisite, and also knowledgeable in a thrilling treat. But there are gaps on the expressive face ".
For her it is the first year in the jury for the prize "Città di Como".
To combat the crisis of reading is no need for initiatives like this that stimulate creativity on multiple fronts. The effort to give value to about I think is very commendable, and you go in the right direction. I see that invest in this area pays off. Why do I say this? Why do I see today despite all the cultural journalism it is at its peak, and says the one who has been doing it 43 age. Today the best : I think the best journalistic expression that there is today in the cultural pages and in the arts sections of newspapers: Reading Corriere della Sera, Robinson the Republic, Sunday the Sole 24 hours and Tuttolibri the Press are the best journalistic expression of their newspapers, and the audience follows and rewards, as seen from newsstand sales. It is symptomatic, it means that there is a desire for quality, depth, to know and beauty.