LA PIETRA CANTANTE – THE SINGING STONE
I thank very much Laura who immediately fulfilled the wish I had expressed, making me discover The singing Stone.
“Threepenny works for four cats” could I not immediately fall in love with this book necklace?
IMAGAENARIA is an old-fashioned bookshop, as less and less are found in Italy … the presentation looks like the beginning of a fairy tale and I honestly still am enchanted when I read these things and I feel grateful for the precious recovery of unjustly forgotten works of literature from every time and country.
Vilhelm Bergsøe who I discovered a frequenter of the Caffè Greco in Rome as a member of the Scandinavian Circle was a zoologist and in his book a meticulous and dedicated attention to Nature in all its aspects.
While I was reading, I never stopped imagining Laura intent on her translation work: which must not have been easy at all and for which I can only congratulate her endlessly.
I don’t know about you, but very often, reading books by foreign authors, I do not dwell sufficiently on the scope of the work of those who translate, which undoubtedly plays an essential role.
It is far from simple in fact to recreate the same atmospheres that the author generates with his completely personal way of writing and to keep faith with the original writing style.
Writing is the painting of the voice.
I believe that this quote by Voltaire contains the essence of what level the necessary competence must reach to translate “painting” into another language.
Among other things, The singing Stone is very rich in detailed descriptions of the environment and vegetation, with names of plants that I, for example, did not even know.
A book that has the power to carry the reader on the same path to discover a part of the island of Ischia known only to those who were born there, and who have handed down the stories of their ancestors.
An exploration in nature, but also in time, among the legends that I particularly love and which reunite natural phenomena with the history experienced by the people, in a complete immersion in the magical atmosphere of the place.
Obviously I don’t want to completely reveal the identity of the singing Stone so as not to spoil the pleasure of discovery, which I advise you not to miss.
Rather, we will reconfirm my highest esteem to Laura.
Again and again thank you!