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In its infinite winding in songs and ballads that recapture the past and mark the present, MOLISEIDE, in the Molisan dialect and in Italian, and in Luigi Bonaffini's marvelous translation, is the epic-saga of a Molise which is both agrarian and cultured, rural and urban, made of legends and contemporary life, and above all of openings onto the world: emigration. Departures in the darkness and returns in the sunlight, to consecrate a need for the world and the essentiality of memory. Giose Rimanelli, international figure of itinerant intellectual and author of numerous books in which Molise appears as mater, has woven a great lyrical-oral tapestry whose warp and woof capture the impalpable, the mnemonic, the optical emotion, and the murmur.
|Publisher:||Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated|
|Series:||Studies in Southern Italian and Italian American Culture Series , #1|
About the Author
The Author: Giose Rimanelli is Professor Emeritus of Italian and Comparative Literature at S.U.N.Y. at Albany and Research Associate at Susquehanna University. He was born November 28, 1926, in Casacalenda (Molise, Italy). He achieved international fame in the fifties with his novels, some of which are Tiro al piccione (1953), Peccato originale (1954), Biglietto di terza (1958), and Una posizione sociale (1959). He is also involved in poetry, journalism, theater, and literary criticism. Of particular interest are his books Il mestiere del furbo (1959), The in Casa Picasso (1961), Lares (1962), Il corno francese (1962), Modern Canadian Stories (1966), Tragica America (1968), Italian Literature, Roots & Branches (1976). His books of poetry include Carmina Blabla (1967), Monaci d'amore medievali (1967), Poems Make Pictures Pictures Make Poems (1971), Arcano (1990). He is a musicologist and painter.
The Translator: Luigi Bonaffini was born in Isernia (Molise, Italy) and is an Associate Professor of Italian at Brooklyn College. He has written on Dino Campana, Eugenio Cirese and Guiseppe Jovine among others. He has translated into English numerous Italian and foreign poets, including Campana, Luzi and Sereni, and several dialect poets, such as Pierro, Cirese and Jovine. Forthcoming is an anthology of dialect poets from Molise and an anthology of dialect poets from southern Italy.
Table of Contents
Contents: A collection of songs and ballads in the Molisan dialect and in Italian.