a Meir Shalev
Dear Mr Shalev, I'm Alessandra Bonetti, journalist for cultural
magazine CARNET. I'm working about an article on the project
of Antonio Presti, Sicily seen through writers. About this
matter, I send you some questions, that they are a sort
of starting point to understand your felling and emotionns
during these days. Thank you very much for all, best regards
INDUCED YOU TO ACCEPT THE ANTONIO PRESTI'S INVITATION AND
DO THIS TRAVEL IN SICILY?
wanted to meet Antonio, and see the S. Agatha festival.
YOU BEEN IN SICILY BEFORE? AND WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE
OR IDEA ABOUT THIS REGION?
my first visit to Sicily. I knew Sicily only from reading
"Gattopardo" by Tomasi di Lampedusa and greek
IS MOST SURPRISED YOU?
really surprised me. I believe people are much the same
everywhere, and I feel at home everywhere in the mediterannean.
YOU TELL US ANY TOUCHING MEETING, OR FAC OR CURIOSITY, DURING
was impressed by the expression on the faces of the men
carrying the candles for S. Agatha.
YOU WERE WRITE AN INCIPIT ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE, WHAT SENTENCE
did not I was born to a Sicilian family, but in Israel.
ABOUT SANT'AGATA, THREE DAY OF RELIGION AND TRADITION: WHAT
YOUR EMOTIONS WERE? IN YOUR OPINION, WHICH IS THE RULE OF
RELIGION TODAY? AND WHY THESE KIND OF RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS
ARE SO POPULAR?
S.Agatha for me represent not only a christian idea but
also a man-woman issue, from ancient time till today.
I believe religion should go back to more moral and modest
ways. There is too much wealth in the hands of religious
PRESTI'S IDEA IS ALSO ABOUT "SUBURBS", AS GEOGRAFICAL
PLACE, BUT ALSO AS WAY OF LIFE. WHAT DO YOU THINK, AFTER
THIS EXPERIECE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN LIVING ON THE OUTSKIRTS?
AND WHERE ITS INCONVENIENCE CAME FROM?
think new economical policies push poor people aside and
ignore them. Poor people and suburbs should be and feel
a part of society.
THIS MATTER, WHAT'S THE RULE OF LITTERATURE?
do not write a political or educatinal literature. Art should
be a personal process. I do not want to use my literature
to promote politics and viceversa, but I use my ability
to help political and social issues.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR NEXT PROJECT? AND ABOUT THE GABRIELE SALVATORES
MOVIE, INSPIRED BY YOUR BOOK?
write another novel. The script for the movie is being written
now and I hope will be ready soon