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Un esile ragazzino si esercita a trattenere il respiro e aspetta la marea giusta per tuffarsi nell'imboccatura di una grotta sottomarina, nuotando verso una pallida luce azzurra finché i polmoni non gli scoppiano. Riemerge senza fiato in uno spettrale cenote, un pozzo nel mezzo della giungla messicana bordato di coralli spezzati e dal fondo ricoperto di ossa umane: un luogo di sacrifici di arcana memoria. Quando la marea si ritira, risucchia il ragazzino, rigettandolo da quel luogo segreto nell'oceano. Non ci ...
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Un mondo altrove

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Un esile ragazzino si esercita a trattenere il respiro e aspetta la marea giusta per tuffarsi nell'imboccatura di una grotta sottomarina, nuotando verso una pallida luce azzurra finché i polmoni non gli scoppiano. Riemerge senza fiato in uno spettrale cenote, un pozzo nel mezzo della giungla messicana bordato di coralli spezzati e dal fondo ricoperto di ossa umane: un luogo di sacrifici di arcana memoria. Quando la marea si ritira, risucchia il ragazzino, rigettandolo da quel luogo segreto nell'oceano. Non ci sarà una seconda volta, perché prima della luna successiva la madre lo porterà via da Isla Pixol, inseguendo l'ennesimo sogno di una vita vagabonda. Harrison William Shepherd rimarrà per sempre ossessionato da quel passaggio sottomarino che l'ha condotto in un altro mondo. E insisterà perché la madre gli compri un taccuino, che riempirà di storie e di ricordi. Una volta finito, ne comprerà un altro e poi un altro ancora, senza mai decidersi a mostrarli a nessuno. Un mondo altrove è la storia di Shepherd contenuta in quei taccuini, le vicende della sua vita irrequieta e avventurosa tra gli anni della Depressione e il maccartismo, dal Messico agli Stati Uniti, dal servizio a casa di Diego Rivera e Frida Kahlo alle mansioni di segretario presso Lev Trockij, esule a Città del Messico. Fino al ritorno negli Stati Uniti, il paese del padre, quando Trockij viene assassinato e Shepherd si stabilisce a Asheville, una sonnolenta cittadina del North Carolina, dove vivrà una vita ritirata, senza amici e quasi senza relazioni, fatta eccezione per la sua dattilografa, Violet Brown, una vedova di mezz'età che sarà, inconsapevolmente, l'amore della sua vita. Qui Shepherd pubblicherà romanzi storici sul Messico precolombiano che gli daranno una certa fama. Ma questo non basterà a salvarlo dall'isteria anticomunista di cui gli Stati Uniti cadono preda sul finire degli anni Quaranta. Indagato e condotto davanti alla Commissione per le attività antiamericane, subirà la condanna della pubblica opinione senza aver commesso alcun crimine. E così, spinto da Violet, deciderà di ritrasferirsi in Messico, nei luoghi della sua infanzia, da cui non farà più ritorno, lasciando in eredità alla fida segretaria la casa di Asheville e un segreto che la donna si porterà nella tomba. Scritto nella forma coinvolgente di un giornale postumo che pagina dopo pagina svela le sue verità e i suoi misteri, Un mondo altrove è l'affascinante e grandioso affresco di anni cruciali nella storia americana - per l'arte, per la politica, per il futuro del mondo - raccontati con il garbo e la sensibilità straordinari di un uomo incapace di rinunciare al vezzo di "menzionare appena se stesso", un uomo la cui vicenda privata si intreccia mirabilmente con la Storia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788852017483
  • Publisher: ARNOLDO MONDADORI EDITORE
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Language: Italian
  • Sold by: ARNOLDO MONDADORI - EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver
Equally at home with poetry, novels, and nonfiction narratives, Barbara Kingsolver credits her careers in scientific writing and journalism with instilling in her a love of nature, a writer's discipline, and a strong sense of social justice.

Biography

According to the biography on her website, Barbara Kingsolver began writing around the age of nine. Her early "oeuvre" included poems, short stories, and essays, including one noteworthy piece on school safety that was published in the local newspaper, helped to pass a local bond issue, and netted the author a $25 savings bond -- "on which she expected to live comfortably into adulthood."

Kingsolver left her native Kentucky to attend DePauw University on a piano scholarship; but intellectual curiosity (the same quality that informs her writing) prompted her to transfer from the music school to the college of liberal arts where she majored in biology. Immediately after college, she traveled in Greece and France and returned to the U.S. to pursue her master's degree in science from the University of Arizona. She worked for a while as a science writer for the university before becoming a freelance journalist. In 1986 she won an Arizona Press Club Award.

Kingsolver's first novel, The Bean Trees, was composed entirely at night during a period of chronic, pregnancy-related insomnia. Published in 1988, this story of a young woman transplanted from Kentucky to Tucson was reviewed enthusiastically by critics. " As clear as air," rhapsodized The New York Times Book Review. "It is the southern novel taken west, its colors as translucent and polished as one of those slices of rose agate from a desert shop." Readers, too, proclaimed the story a delight.

Since then, Kingsolver has produced a string of bestselling novels, including Pigs in Heaven, The Poisonwood Bible (an Oprah's Book club selection), and Prodigal Summer. She has also authored collections of her poems (Another America), short stories (Homeland), and essays (Small Wonders); as well as nonfiction narratives like Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

Good To Know

In 2008, Kingsolver delivered the commencement address at Duke University, offering graduates advice on "How to be Hopeful."

She is a member of the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock and roll band consisting of published writers, including Amy Tan, Matt Groening, Dave Barry, and Stephen King among others.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 8, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Annapolis, Maryland
    1. Education:
      B.A., DePauw University, 1977; M.S., University of Arizona, 1981
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