Pleasant conversation by Elena Stancanelli at the “Ghigno” in Molfetta

Pleasant conversation by Elena Stancanelli at the “Ghigno” in Molfetta

He presented his latest book “Il divatore” published by Nave di Teseo



Isa de Marco, Federica Tuzi and Elena Stancanelli



MOLFETTA – The appointments of the ‘Italian Stories’ Festival continue – the first and historic one, here in Molfetta – organized by the tireless booksellers of the ‘Ghigno’, an event that this year proudly celebrates its tenth edition. Saturday night it was the turn of Elena Stancanelli with his latest novel, which is actually also a sort of essay essay: ‘Il tuffatore’, published by the publishing house ‘La nave di Teseo’, finalist of the ‘Campiello’ prize, presented by the good girl Federica Tuziauthor, director and teacher of creative writing.
The pleasant conversation, which was held outdoors, at the “Galleria Patrioti Molfettesi”, an event included in the summer of Molfetta in the city of Molfetta, began with the presentation of prof. Isa de Marcowhich drew a biographical profile of Stancanelli, highlighting her fruitful career as a writer of successful novels, including ‘The naked female’, also presented at the Ghigno a few years ago and candidate for the Strega Award, and the activity of promoter reading in schools through the ‘Piccoli Masters’ association.
Federica Tuzi then took the floor and wanted to focus, first of all, on the cover of the book that represents the novel’s protagonist, Raul Gardini – key character, prototype of the entrepreneur of the First Republic – in the act of making a dive, metaphorical image of Gardini’s life, of which the book retraces the stages: from the rise of Ferruzzi to the exploits of Montedison and Enimont, to what has been defined as the mother of all tangents to the tragic epilogue: suicide before possible arrest.
Elena Stancanelli highlighted, urged by Tuzi, how the description and interpretation of Gardini’s character, being his biographical events still too close to us to trace, if ever possible, a detached and objective profile, are somehow transfigured from the lens of literature, as well as the characters who have revolved around the entrepreneur: in the author’s story two dimensions are wisely mixed, the historical one – the stages that characterized Gardini’s first ascending, then descending parable – and that, we could say, anthropological, with a reflection on a prototype, the Alpha male to be clear, which no longer exists, which today represents a disappeared generation, defeated by history: this is why the book was born not only from written sources – few – and from interviews with characters linked to Gardini, but it is full of quotes and suggestions from Pasolini, Goffredo Parise, Fabrizio de André who called him ‘an artist rather than an entrepreneur, due to his ability to imagine, to develop ideas that predicted how the world could change.
In a reality dichotomously divided between ‘Good’ and ‘Evil’, added Stancanelli, and far from questioning the judicial outcome of the affair, perhaps we should recover aspects that would end up being forgotten, and which instead could be useful for us. decrypt our future. To give just one example: Raul Gardini thus becomes in Stancanelli’s work not only one of the main characters of Maxitangente Enimont, but the environmentalist ante litteram, with his battles against the use of plastic and with the proposal, which was later accepted for years later, to use ethanol rather than methanol in fuels. Raul Gardini is therefore, in the portrait of the author, the artist who has never stopped dreaming. A dream that then became an obsession – the creation of the Italian chemical pole – causing its fall and the tragic epilogue known to all.
The evening ended with an interesting debate with the readers and the now classic moment of the ‘firmacopie’ and the usual photo with the author.
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Pleasant conversation by Elena Stancanelli at the “Ghigno” in Molfetta