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Capo Vaticano in Calabria remembers Giuseppe Berto

Sunday 29 july 2018

The writer and his marine village

Capo Vaticano in Calabria remembers Giuseppe Berto

When places remember writers. Authors and novelists linked to a village, to a place that becomes an inevitable itinerary of the mind and heart. That mind and that heart that then fatally become a literary work.
It happened for Giuseppe Berto, famous writer of the second '900 Italian. It happens today for many other writers. A topos, a classic. Berto wrote complete works in Calabria. One thinks of his relationship with Capo Vaticano, a very close seaside resort of Ricadi, in the province of Vibo Valentia, which he launched in the tourist and literary period since the 1950s.

Here he is remembering Berto with "Estate a casa Berto", appointment at forty years after the writer's death (from 28 to 3 August).
A marine village, Capo Vaticano, which is part of the hamlet of San Nicolò. We are also close to centers such as Pizzo Calabro and Nicotera.
Not to mention Tropea and Briatico.

Capo Vaticano

It is the area of ​​the so-called "Costa degli Dei", the Tyrrhenian coast with an advanced tourist vocation. At Capo Vaticano a high promontory in the most important points about 120 meters and formed by a special granite, very studied for its particular geological specificities.
San Nicolò di Ricadi is a land devoted to San Nicola, as presumably from the toponym. A very heartfelt religious festival. While in Ricadi, a center historically linked to Vibo Valentia also from a political and administrative point of view, but long independent, a beautiful museum of rural civilization awaits you, one of the best equipped in the area. Here the majestic Church of St. Peter the Apostle. And then those of San Zaccaria and Santa Domenica.
This year the fourth edition of "Estate a casa Berto", an event born in 2015, with the participation of writers, filmmakers, actors and scholars. A 2015 that already marked the rebirth of the prize dedicated to the writer, considered the most prestigious national recognition for the narrative. Dedicated to young authors, it takes place in June. An award that alternates its headquarters between Ricadi and Mogliano Veneto, the city that gave birth to the writer, while here in Calabria he is buried.


In the bill also several moments of outdoor cinema, a happy revival of what happened in the post-war decades. An evening is then dedicated to the social political debate: here is the arrival of Paolo Mieli, constant now of this appointment.
Moreover, every day, readings acquired from cinema stories or taken from several books. Artistic direction by Fabio Mollo, young director. Of the world of cinema
were present: JonasCarpignano with "A Ciambra", Andrea de Sica with "I figli della notte", Alessandro Rak with "Gatta Cinderella", Isabella Ragonese with "Sole cuore amore", Filippo Luna with Sicilian Ghost Story.
For 2018 the daughter of Berto, already the creator of the event, also wanted to organize a conference on the important paternal figure. Present Emanuele Trevi, sometimes forerunner of the re-edition of the writer's books.
Conference organized by Daniele Balicco, professor in Literature and Philosophy at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.
The masterpiece of Berto "'Il male oscuro" was written in Capo Vaticano, where, when writing noble lines, our writer looked at the sea and, just farther away, Stromboli. Details not just.
On July 30th the date of the conference dedicated to the writer.
Among the many titles of Berto, very famous even today his "The sky is red", a novel dedicated to the difficult problems which he had to face the disillusioned youth who had been fascist and who tried on his own skin the dramas of the war and the period immediately following to the world conflict.

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