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Saltatempo

Author: Stefano Benni
Publisher: Feltrinelli Editore
ISBN: 8858815459
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Lo incontriamo da ragazzino mentre una mattina di fine inverno "scarpagna" verso le Bisacconi (le scuole elementari del paese, un cubo giallo vomito dentro un giardino di erbacce barbare). Canticchia "Se mi vuoi lasciare dimmi almeno perché". Sono gli anni cinquanta e mentre ruba in una vigna un grappolo di schizzozibibbo, Lupetto, così lo chiamano, vede un uomo, alto come una nuvola, con una barba immensa e un cane vecchio al suo fianco. Un dio?Una divinità pagana grande e sozza come un letamaio che gli regala, per tutta la vita, una facoltà meravigliosa: un orologio interno, anzi un orobilogio che gli consentirà di correre avanti nel tempo, di vedere quello che accadrà nel mondo e insieme di vivere il suo tempo, tra premonizioni e rivelazioni. Così Lupetto diventa Saltatempo, cresce bislacco e combattivo, mentre il paese dove vive si va trasformando e l'orobilogio con i suoi giri improvvisi e vorticosi prospetta il tempo che verrà. Dalla guerra partigiana al Sessantotto, dalla nascita della televisione al tempo eroico del rock, dal primo amore al primo amico perduto, sotto la profezia di un delitto che forse si compirà: è il tempo dell'Italia che cambia, dei paesi che perdono la loro identità per diventare svincoli autostradali, del nascere e crescere dell'avidità e dei nuovi padroni, il tempo del consumismo che avanza, della trasformazione della politica e del mondo.

Picaresque Fiction Today

Author: Luigi Gussago
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004311238
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In Picaresque Fiction Today Luigi Gussago delineates the legacy and further development of the picaresque in a selection of novels by contemporary Italian and Anglophone writers along several thematic and stylistic lines.

Timeskipper

Author: Stefano Benni
Publisher: Europa Editions Incorporated
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One late-winter morning as he is "hop-hiking" downhill toward his character-building destination, a vomit-yellow cube surrounded by a garden of barbarously unkempt weeds known as the Bisacconi elementary school, Stefano Benni's young hero encounters a peculiar man - as big as a mountain and as filthy as a garbage dump, with a vast beard the color of a dung-heap, dressed from head to foot in layers and rags, and in the company of a swarm of buzzing flies. A god, perhaps? A pagan divinity? Who can tell! After a brief tete-a-tete, this earthy apparition endows the young boy with a rare gift: an internal "duoclock" that allows him to see into the future and at the same time exist in the present with an uncommon fullness. Meet Timeskipper. Timeskipper sees and foresees the epochal events of his era, from postwar reconstruction to the birth of television - from the golden age of rock'n'roll to the revolutionary sixties and the turbulent seventies. These events are tenderly offset by his own private experiences: his first love, his first job, leaving home, hilariously wild adventures with oddball acquaintances. A moving and inventive satiric tale in which imagination defies corruption and conformity, in which the innocence of yesteryear comes face-to-face with the moral aridity of today's money-obsessed society, Timeskipper is one of Stefano Benni's most touching and enduring creations. Colored by Benni's trademark linguistic inventiveness and irresistible humor, this is a coming-of-age story with a difference.

The Nargun And The Stars

Author: Patricia Wrightson
Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702236839
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Winner of the 1974 CBCA Book of the Year When Simon Brent's parents are killed in a car accident he is taken to live with his mother's second cousins, Edie and Charlie, on Wongadilla, their 5000 acre sheep run in the Hunter Valley. Simon, with his city attitudes feels like an outsider, unable even to bring himself to call his cousins by name. But Simon is not the only thing that doesn't belong in Wongadilla. The arrival of heavy machinery intent on clearing the land brings to life the Nargun, a great rock, older than time itself, that has slowly dragged itself into the valley - and with it, a simmering rage that drives it to kill. Before long, Simon is captivated by the land and by the Potkoorak, the Turongs and the Nyols, mischievous and ancient creatures steeped in the traditions of the land and its inhabitants. As the terror begins, Simon, his cousins and the creatures must use their wit and ingenuity to drive the monster away. Rich in mythology, The Nargun and the Stars evokes an image of this land and its people, and carries an environmental message that is as important and relevant today as it was thirty years ago.