"Italian is a beautiful language, full of rhythm and color. The writer should know better ".
A heritage that deserves respect. Word of Dacia Maraini, great writer appreciated both in Italy and abroad, known for his works of prose as well as poetry, non-fiction and drama, in which faces, particularly, Social issues related to children and women's lives.
The writer, which is part of the Jury Prize "City of Como", He appreciates that in Italy many are passionate writing, as evidenced by the growing success of the Como award that a significant increase of participants in each edition.
But Dacia Maraini also issues a warning: "We are faced with a paradox. It is noticeable that many cimentino writing, mind you, is a value that I would defend absolutely. But pity that you do not dedicate as much passion for reading, that will always be the foundation of the art of writing. The statistics speak for themselves. It's an emergency that must be addressed at the root, starting from school, by young people: in our country reads at least one book a year less than half of the inhabitants. And not just read occasionally an international best seller, maybe in translation. And to think that our language is the fourth most studied in the world, because it is the language of art and music, in short, it is the language of beauty, It is considered and loved as such”. moreover, in Italy we live in publishing a book publishing crisis of serious proportions, so before you write a line, Please read, and both, in the language in which we were born, aggiorniamoci on its use in the era in which we live, we verify that evolutionary point is this immense body of words in which we live.
Dacia Maraini insists quality of literary writing, that distinguishes it from any other use of the word: "You have to feel what you write, I always say in my writing seminars. If you do not read the heart and soul of every sentence the person you are, It can also be a masterpiece of style that your hard work has produced, but it will never be yours for the center to center. Writing, when it is authentic, It allows you to read in the person who has it offer. And this also applies to other forms of art: if you hear a song by Antonio Vivaldi know that a figure of absolute originality, that distinguishes it from all other.
Because each person is unique. Not I am against technology, mind you. Even I use email and phone, but we must do it intelligently and wisely. It's true, social networks are based on writing, but they are actually stereotyped forms, kind of tic, signs where there is never true creativity. We must develop the curiosity and intelligence, and this can only make the reading of classical texts, which in turn urged to produce new writing. I remember that today many academics extend your arms, facing return to illiteracy that afflicts many of their students, who can no longer read a text, let alone write it. And the same happens with the calculations. The mind, intelligence, the reason, do not just push a button. They are complex mechanisms, who apply to be constantly practiced and refined”.
And there is not only the reason, per Dacia Maraini: “Writing -avverte – when it is authentic it is a form of sensuality, is the body's identity, as I said I feel that behind the phrase is a real person, otherwise we are faced with something conventional. There is one thing that angers me: the school has now become something that invites to produce, but it is a mistake colossal: intelligence is autonomy, learn how to create connections.
I find it abhorrent: the school must not “produce”, but must form, which it is very different. Of course, There are teachers who strive very hard to make the school a learning experience, also in terms of reading and writing, and they have all my support, but I fear they are a minority”.