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An Istrian story

Autore: Diego Zandel

Note biografiche:
Diego Zandel was born on 5th April 1948 in the concentration camp of Fermo, Ascoli Piceno, from Fiuman parents. Then he went to the Julian Village in Rome, along with two thousands refugees coming from Istria, Fiume and Dalmatia. This place and the community appear in his first novel “Massacro per un Presidente” (Massacre for a President), published by Mondadori in 1981. This book is the first to face the problem of the “red terrorism”. Until that moment Zandel had published his collections of poems: Primi Giorni, (First days), published by O.E.L in Rome.Ore ferme, (Stationary hours) by SAL in Trieste, and the essay Invito alla lettura di Andrić, (An invitation to read Andrić) published by Mursia and co-written with Giacomo Scotti. The novel An Istrian story was published in 1987 by Rusconi and became finalist at the Neaples Award of that same year. He lives and works in Rome where he is responsible for corporate press.

Scheda critica:
From the memories of the memories to reconstruction of the memory, Zandel’s journey has taken increasingly rough paths until it breaks through, in his more recent works, the individual and collective conscience, sometimes antagonistic to one another. In order to reach a mediation between these two worlds, to discover what there is beyond his own life and identity, the author claims some essentially intellectual roots, deeply felt even if not physically lived. From “An Istrian story” we publish some passages of the opening chapter, where the main character, a brave even if egocentric man, has to face the hardness of life that haunts the whole Istrian community.

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