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Fucking Countryside


Tuesday 17 october 2017

From the city to the countryside of the Oltrepò Pavese: from the bucolic dream to the hoe. Funny and brilliant: it reveals lights and shadows of a lifestyle that we think we know, even if we don't.

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Fucking Countryside

Fucking Countryside, Arianna Porcelli Safonov - Fazi Editore

She is 31 years old Arianna, when she decides to leave the city. The air has become unbreathable, and she is intolerant of anything that vaguely correlates with city life: from the urban rhythms to the smog, to the people, so self-absorbed and self-righteous. With an impulse a bit naïve perhaps, but also very brave, he threw himself into this new adventure and set off in a huge off-road vehicle, a bit like Noah's Ark, together with his cats and dog, towards the countryside of Oltrep&ograve Pavese, changing his life completely.

In the abrupt transition from the existence of a citizen always traveling for work to that of a misanthropic who sleeps with chickens, she discovers that the life so coveted actually hides aspects not exactly exciting.  Hence the hilarious account of all the challenges that the rustic condition poses: From the description of the neighbors, in truth far away, to the terrified account of the country festivals, from the analysis of the food passed off as organic in supermarkets to the scarcity of desirable male gender in the radius of kilometers, the book is a hilarious overview of life in the country, light years away from the pastoral and bucolic pictures of tradition. With great irony and paradoxical situations, Fucking Country highlights the practical difficulties of the world green, the isolation to which rural life necessarily forces, the harrowing consequences of physical distance from the civil consensus.
An anti-hymn to the simplicity of life in the open air that warns against a widespread and perhaps overly idyllic idea of the countryside.

"The dark, in the countryside, è like the boy from the NGO who collects signatures in the street: if you remain calm and continue determined in your path, he will be intimidated and will not bother you, but if you make him feel the smell of panic è over."

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