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Piccolo Karma

Type: quasi un romanzo
Language: italiano
Year: 1987
Publisher: Mondadori
Place: Milano
Comments: nota de Giovanni Bonetto

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From the Mondadori edition, 1987

“if this minimum diary, derisory, which at the most speaks about worms, should be published, I’d like that instead of diary it would be called ‘minutary’...Minutary because it is made of minute, minuscule things; and minutary because, as you may see, it shreds time into minutes.” Not even the conventional time of the day is enough for this peculiar and extremely subtle diarist of interiority. As a monk without a monastery, inhabited by the “terror of getting damned”, but also by a panic voracity for life, stimulated by the “Terrific Mystery of a God that I do not understand”, exiled from his own exile, sentimentally incapable of going back to Italy and far away from Mexico City, where he is awaited by the immense diary of the Big Karma, “indescribable poetic haemorrhage”, Coccioli uses the slight American set scene as a paradoxical “Country of the Soul”, to return to auscultation of the secret noise of life, which breaks with the crust of pretence of the social Time.
He speaks softly and restlessly to himself, in contemplation of the “silent beauty of things”: to describe their explosive intensity, he would like to turn into a haiku poet because the truth – for those who read too many books – lies just in the suffering silence of neglected little things. And a friend suggest that to him, “do not read too many things, they harm you.” But the damnation, the destiny of getting lost in itself, the happy and tormented Karma of Carlo Coccioli, is precisely that of writing another book. Maybe this one , this very beautiful one, where his noble solitude breathes, crowded with an intelligence that gives no recovery.
A book about everyday life sacredness, never hypocritical or sanctimonious: the religiousness of Coccioli, who studied almost fifteen oriental languages, who went through many inner conversions – from Catholicism, to Hebraism to Buddhism – here reveals his inexhaustible, spiritually adventurous fiber . Inhabited by a mysterious Ginn - the demon jealous of knowledge and compassion for life -, a animist who believes in Señores Invisibles (“ since there are dogs, viruses, rhinos, why shouldn’t there be angels?”), vegetarian in order to transmit “messages to the Universe”, Coccioli does not hesitate to consider the Bible, which makes man the arbiter of the world, blaspheme, “diabolical”. So, while he concerns himself with spreading a little sugar to feed the ants, and leaves the window slightly open so that the spiders may not miss their midges, Coccioli does not feel ashamed of enjoying the tacky colours of a super-market, or the super-vain drop of perfume Habit Rouge.


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