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Epica, guerra, pace. Su “Combattere le battaglie dei propri avi” di Antonio Scurati

The narrative impasse described by Antonio Scurati, whereby a generation of writers feel they can no longer fight “the wars of their forefathers”, is strangely analogous to the fracture between the world of the epic and the world of the novel described by the young Lukács in his Theory of the Novel. Yet, notwithstanding the nostalgia and disenchantment pervading his reflections, Scurati’s invocation of a narrative capable of redeeming the past and the present, and of projecting us into a more hopeful feature, registers a need for epic narratives, where the destiny of the individual and that of a larger community may be, if not identical, at least strongly intertwined.

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Giorgio Mariani
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Letteratura americana tradotta in Italia
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