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The demise of Italian novelist Daniele Del Giudice

Other than the Strega Prize – for which he was stated to have refused to compete – Daniele Del Giudice, who died Thursday, September 2 in Venice, had gleaned all the best Italian literary awards. He left two days too early, nevertheless, to obtain essentially the most prestigious of them, the Campiello Prize, which topped his physique of labor, and which was on account of be introduced to him on Saturday, September 4. With him, Italy loses a outstanding determine in its literary and cultural scene. Daniele Del Giudice was 72 years outdated.

It was the good Italo Calvino (1923-1985) who launched it within the early 1980s. In his preface to Daniele Del Giudice’s first novel, Wimbledon Stadium (1983, Rivages, 1985), the writer of Perched Baron (1957) questioned easy methods to speak about this newcomer and his “Uncommon novel” : Was it to be thought-about that it was reconnecting with the custom of the initiation story or, quite the opposite, that it opened up new paths within the artwork of representing and telling? The greatness of Daniele Del Giudice, urged Calvino, was exactly that he succeeded in doing, in a peaceful and intentionally impartial writing, each on the similar time.

Engineer by coaching

Born July 11, 1949 in Rome, to an Italian mom and a Swiss father from Graubünden, Daniele Del Giudice didn’t have a contented childhood. Notably as a result of he discovered himself orphaned very early on. Earlier than he died, nevertheless, the latter had given him two items: a bicycle and an enormous Underwood typewriter. A lot in order that as a substitute of going to highschool, younger Daniele spent most of his days pedaling within the morning and typing within the afternoon.

An engineer by coaching, he entered the world of letters by contributing to numerous newspapers, first in Milan then in Venice. In Wimbledon Stadium, it includes a younger man following within the footsteps of a legendary in addition to enigmatic character, the mysterious Roberto Bazlen, a author of the 1920s who died with out ever having revealed a single line. Obsessive about the novelty of what he might produce, the unusual Bazlen – who, in actual life, was the buddy of Italo Svevo and Umberto Saba – had ended up chiseling solely notes of backside of web page in his notebooks, earlier than giving up writing utterly.

Additionally learn (archives): The intelligence of Daniele Del Giudice

This delicate reflection on silence and the obstacle to creation had impressed a movie by Mathieu Amalric who, in 2001, signed the screenplay with the assistance of Daniele Del Giudice. In 2002, seventeen years after its preliminary launch by Rivages, Seuil editions took up this work in French in a translation by René de Ceccaty. Cultivated prose combining depth and obvious lightness, astonishing precision of the pen the place every phrase weighs its true weight: we discover all these qualities within the following novels by Del Giudice, together with Absolute pitch (Threshold, 1998), Within the Reims museum (Seuil, 2003) and even Time retailers (Seuil, 2012), all translated by Jean-Paul Manganaro.

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