Where and when
Presentation curated by Andrea Pellegrini
Introduced by Michele Rossi
Mario Mariani, born in Solarolo, Romagna, in 1884, he lived most of his life in Milan. Critics confined him from the beginning to a corrective pornography and minor D’Annunzio, but the writer never worried too much about such contempt, he worked in the editorial office of “Il Messaggero”, also founding his own magazine, “Novella”, then literary, and still exists today under the name of «Novella 2000». Pornographic novelist, sociologist novelist, amoral flâneur or early thinker, Mariani was a free thinker, a great scholar of philosophy and above all an unconditional anti-fascist (forced, for this, to exile and to flee abroad in the most difficult times of our story).
Died in Sao Paulo in Brazil in 1951, he was soon forgotten. He left us more than 25 works, including novels, short stories and essays, works among which we remember: The house of man (1915), The return of Machiavelli (1916), Sott ‘la naja (1917), The adolescents (1920 ), The meditations of a madman (1922), Lightning in the abyss (1924), The equilibrium of selfishness (1924).