22 Mar 2022

“Il digiunatore” by Enzo Fileno Carabba

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22March 2022



Museo Novecento


Enzo Fileno Carabba


Valerio Aiolli

Marco Vichi

Sergio Risaliti

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The Museo Novecento is pleased to present Il diunatore, the new novel by Enzo Fileno Carabba published by Ponte alle Grazie (2022). On Tuesday, March 22 at 6:00 pm the author will present to the public the story of what has been considered one of the greatest modern myths, the profane version of a Saint’s life.

Born in the mid-Nineteenth Century in Cesenatico Ponente, a land of eaters, Giovanni Succi imposes himself on the world scene as the greatest faster of all time. There is something invulnerable about him, which does not even give up on the obvious. Something that he learned while still a child from the circus caravans, when they came down from the Earthly Paradise towards the Romagna plain. To the wandering wisdom of acrobats, John owes his joy and his salvation, the urge to become what he is: a sensitive spirit, an indomitable lion, an immortal prophet. Guided by the utopia of socialism and the beating of his heart, he sails free like an elixir through deserts and savannas, bushes and clearings, clouds and cages, and puts his fast at the service of humanity.

Cultivating in himself the source of unlimited hope – reflected in women with harmonious names such as Ginevra, Gigliola, Guerranda -, he follows his breath for the world, from the Suez Canal to the Lungara asylum, from the streets of Cairo and Milan to the wards of the Salpêtrière. Meet women-beasts and great explorers, Sigmund Freud and Buffalo Bill, while the West flows into modernity and forever loses its innocence. In this sentimental biography, Carabba starts from a true story to transfigure it into a great novel, which reveals the value of doubt, the acrobatics of enthusiasm, the pride of simplicity. Because it is precisely there, on the border between fullness and emptiness, where the personal fog dissolves in the encounter with others, that the promise of eternity is hidden.

Enzo Fileno Carabba

Enzo Fileno Carabba was born in Florence in 1966. He is the author of novels published in Italy and abroad, short stories, radio scripts, children’s books, opera librettos and poems. In 1990 he won the Calvino Prize with the novel Jakob Pesciolini and his latest book is Vasari’s Dream Lives (Bompiani, 2021). He lives in Impruneta.

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