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Maecho, filisika (Echoes, rundown)
Qoelet, Leopardi, Baudelaire, Puškin


by Guido Monte and Francesca Saieva
With a Drawing by Giuseppe Quattrocchi





Pic: "Into the heart of the sun" - © 2006 Giuseppe Quattrocchi - Size: 9k
Into the heart of the sun
© 2006 Giuseppe Quattrocchi



(Swans - April 9, 2007)  

vanitas vanitatum

                omnia vanitas -

amaro e noia la vita, altro mai nulla...

nihil sub sole novum

un vieux sphinx ignoré du monde insoucieux,

a pensare come tutto al mondo passa

                                             e quasi orma non lascia

Et idcirco taeduit me vitae meae

préférerait en somme la douleur à la mort

                                                        et l'enfer au néant -

      gisin zacem ti mne dana?



[meaningless within meaningless
                it's all meaningless -
that's our life: a bitter bore, nothing else ever...
nothing new under the sun,
an old sphinx forgotten by cold worlds
while everything is fading away,
                                             quite traceless -
And I got tired of my life,
preferring sorrow to death, hell to nothing -
                                                        why must I live?]



"If illness leads my feelings, I don't know" (Leopardi), but "who lives death, and lets it talk, he's - unconditionally - insane." Slowly, false shames fall down, tearing the veil "the life's night side," towards the "world pure eye" (Schopenhauer), far but partner mind of a common hard unmoved fate, displeased with his panting. Accepting his sorrow, man discovers his life as death putting off. Will...to live before nothing lays waste our primal lives, closing them inside its oblivion. After all , what matters...only "what life is expecting from us" (Victor E. Frankl, 1947).



The authors thank Matteo Tuveri, Nyambura Kiarie (translator of the title into Sheng language), Marco Ferrante, and Laura Costantini. G. Quattrocchi's drawing: into the heart of the sun (2006)


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Francesca Saieva teaches philosophy and pedagogy, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Palermo.



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