Pages Ripped Out of My Skin
Pier Vittorio Tondelli. The Man, His Quest, His Works
Book Presentation of
Ho sempre cercato tutto
Pier Vittorio Tondelli: l'uomo, la ricerca, le opere
Fr. Antonio Spadaro s.J.
(Undersecretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Culture and Education)
The author in conversation with
Alessandro Giammei, Yale University
Moderated by Stefano Albertini, NYU
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To wander the paths within the works of Pier Vittorio Tondelli means to penetrate a tender and dramatic life experience. The author of Altri libertini and Camere separate, born in Correggio in 1955 and who died only 36 years later of AIDS-related illnesses, embraces a strong idea of literature as an act of "keeping vigil over the life of the world and recounting it." In particular, in his mature works, Tondelli fully reveals a deep reflexion on the sense of extremes, of anguish, and of abandonment in a period marked by a gradual distrust in political institutions - during the 1970s - and by the dive into the vortex of cultural and mediatic postmodernism of the "grand stuttering serail."
Antonio Spadaro, after decades of studying the author's works and books collected in his family library, returns to the reader the full humanity of Tondelli and all the richness of his spiritual and existential journey.