Luciano Bianciardi, La vita agra, Vittorio Sereni, Autostrada della Cisa, intertextuality, nihilism, journeys, Stella variabile, Mountain Pass
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Luciano Bianciardi (1922-1971) wants to open a dialogue with his friend Vittorio Sereni (1913-1983) through the pages of his best-selling novel La vita agra (1962). Sereni does not respond immediately, and the approach seems not to have received Sereni’s attention. The analysis of Sereni’s 1981 poem “Autostrada della Cisa” proves that he ultimately decided to reply to his friend’s irreverent, yet congenial, comments, albeit nearly 20 years later. This article underlines the existential crisis expressed by Sereni in his poem, accompanied by his willingness to enter into a dialogue with any reader, despite the nihilistic outcomes he foresees. His efforts are meant to sustain the ‘recidiva speranza’ (recidivous hope) of a life well spent on which Bianciardi had mused.
Giannini, Stefano. “Un’agra Salita: Lettura di ‘Autostrada della Cisa’ di Vittorio Sereni.” Italian Quarterly, vol. 40, no. 155–156, 2003, pp. 27–36.
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