Authoritative member of the Jury “City of Como”, Francesco Cevasco It is former curator of cultural pages “Corriere della Sera” where it still publishes interesting literary topical articles.
Today we publish a huge amount of books. Orienting?
"If you look at the charts we see an endless amount of yellow and noir, hard novels, strong, riding a wave of consistent success, and so many things that come from web, born as a subsidiary of talk that you read on the net, I think particularly in certain youth literature.
Juvenile ie in the sense of the author and also of the viewer.
And then they hit the so-called books that teach the pursuit of happiness, manuals often pseudoscientific as a career or achieve balance and serenity.
A market that makes, and photographer well the reality: society and books are always closely linked, after all.
Today the company is this, It is expressed through these books that bring to light some sides more or less obscure our needs as human beings.
In the world of books with a master like Georges Simenon the company's photography was embodied by figures such as the parish priest, the doctor, pharmacist.
And it was a narrative high literary level.
Today, however, we take pictures of the yellow, some of which also undoubtedly written well and with expertise, and manuals.
But the classics are resisting because combined with some major newspaper that carries them at low prices, or thanks to the school where a few good teacher makes you read the Iliad or The Betrothed.
It will have a future book?
"The discouragement faced with the situation that I described is mitigated by the fact that the book is meant to last, teach the radio and the theater, given up for dead by the advent of television and cinema and yet still alive and prolific. sure, they had to change their status and structure.
So even the paper book will not die, It will probably be taken by diffusion roads and various trade, and survive quality books. Not those who merely transfer on paper the web chat. What will disappear, while Madame Bovary will remain ".
What do you think of the digital age and the self-publishing? And judging criteria applied in a jury how your?
"Today anyone can write a book and publish it at his own expense and have the illusion that it can be spread.
They were never published so many books as now. - says Cevasco - The only criteria we apply it suggests grande Philip Roth in his essay Why write, a truth that like all simple things is immense: for those who write the secret is not to understand interpret solve a problem, be it personal or company, but bring it to light, and the evidence in front of the player so that he can take note, share it and maybe develop a social conscience.
Writing this means, not give solutions, like the manual on happiness.
Roth does exactly that, yes he also speaks of unhappiness, but it does force you to think seriously, to look in the face in its crudeness.
Another criterion to keep in mind when assessing is property e la linguistic wealth, in a scenario like today where the books are children of a glacial depletion.
And the same goes for the story, which it is the ideal travel companion for literature, we think of our Manzoni for example.
There are novels that without the placement and the historical connotation would not have the power that they have.
Today there are around a bit 'too many novels timeless, and maybe full of dystopias.
In this sense I feel to praise once again Margaret Nani, the young author of the novel "The Host. The anatomy of Joseph Mengele " edited by Brioschi that was award for innovation from "City of Como".
The novel, a fictionalized biography of Josef Mengele, Nazi criminal doctor who had a habit of injecting phenol in the heart of his patients, then on the run from Auschwitz to the heart of Brazil, it's a original book.
The work of the young Roman writer, as soon as 19 age, It recounts a historic event properly, grafting a fictional story.
A book reminiscent of Marguerite Yourcenar Memoirs of Hadrian and to which we can only wish long life it deserves. "