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Biblioteche reali, biblioteche immaginarie

Tracce di libri, luoghi e letture
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  • Anna Dolfi,

In his theoretical writings Calvino puts forward a suggestive idea, inspired by Borges, of the library not only as a collection of works, but as a crossed system of combinations. Under this light, literature itself would be a library, continuously subject to changes and aimed at undermining the canonical authors in order to bring out the apocrypha. In fact, if it is true that literature is born from desire and feeds on it, it cannot be satisfied with the data, but strives to project itself in the realm of the hidden, invisible and far away reality. Libraries, then, are not only infinite, but they change the sense of a book according to the section in which it is placed, to its location, to the methods of consultation and use, to the way the book plays with spaces and light, to its coming to the light or its being in search for the shadows (books in skyscrapers or undergrounds). The library is a place where books and readers interact in mythical spaces. Libraries are collections of narratives and not only of the books that survived the catastrophes of history, but also of the burned books, of the books which have been lost or invented. Libraries treasure all books which, by the mere fact of having been at least once written or thought, have left their mark in the world. This charming and precious book, conceived and edited by Anna Dolfi, offers examples from the major modern literature, inviting the readers to reflect on the relationship between paper and celluloid shadows, between inconturnables and marginalia, looking for books inside libraries and libraries inside books. In the background the reader will enjoy the music, the brilliant acting of Carmelo Bene, the strips of the graphics, the architectural projects, the computer screens, and the pages of an unfinished novel by Giuseppe Dessí that speaks of a walled up library and of a cascade of books at the origin of a fiction novel.

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Anna Dolfi

University of Florence, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0003-3535-1313

Anna Dolfi teaches Modern and Contemporary Italian literature at the the University of Florence and is a member of the Italian Lincean Academy. She is among the major scholars of the Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi and of narrative and poetry in the 20th century. She planned and edited comparative volumes dedicated to the "forms of subjectivity" on the themes of the journal intime, epistolary writing, melancholy and melancholy illness, neurosis and madness, otherness and double in modern literatures. Moreover, she has curated collections on writers' essays and she has dealt with philosophical reflection in novels, the theme of the unfinished, Proust’s myth and the relationship between literature and photography.
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Book Title

Biblioteche reali, biblioteche immaginarie

Book Subtitle

Tracce di libri, luoghi e letture

Editors

Anna Dolfi

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

732

Publication Year

2015

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© 2015 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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Firenze University Press

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10.36253/978-88-6655-865-1

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978-88-6655-864-4

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978-88-6655-865-1

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978-88-6655-866-8

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978-88-5518-957-6

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Moderna/Comparata

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2704-5641

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2704-565X

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