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Matteo torna al paese dopo tre anni passati a Milano. Si aspetta diffidenza e ostilità, ma forse più ostile e diffidente, anche con se stesso, è proprio lui. A volte partire per capire chi siamo non basta. Bisogna anche tornare a casa....

Title : La generazione
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ISBN : 9788865435311
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 141 Pages
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La generazione Reviews

  • Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
    2018-11-25 12:25

    "In the world we live in, priests and bartenders have a lot in common." I want to start this review off, just by saying if ever you were to read only one review of a graphic novel that I have read. I seriously recommend you reading this one. You'll find my heart somewhere within all the words. This graphic novel, pulled on all of my heart strings and orchestrated a song so bittersweet that I would do it again and again and again. The art was unique and the writing was so perfectly poetic. It had staccato bursts of nostalgia and it reminded me how important the little things in life are, and how easy we can take them for granted. ____________The StoryI would recommend anyone who ventures into Generations, venture into it blind. The blurb only gives you the surface on what a fantastic story this was and once you dive in, you're almost sure to drown. Let yourself. I guarantee you it would be worth drowning in this one instance. "If I see love everywhere now, it's because you taught me to."Let me tell you a little something about graphic novels. The ratio is about 2 part words, and 5 part images. 2:5.Ladies and gentlemen. That's not a lot of legroom for authors to work with. They have, what my old design teacher would call - "a very minimal amount of available resources to create a functioning system." 2:5.And some authors can create magic. Magic in their shortage of words, picking each and every one out, so that the system not only works but thrives...So that the message goes across in that little word count, and the letters infiltrate pathos in your head. Then, add that to the beautiful artwork that graphic novelists aid their words with - you're left with a substance to your magic. It's the fuel that drives the story to where it's going. The system needs the fuel to go forth in it's purpose, and the fuel needs the system to even have purpose. The CharactersPhew, leaving all the metaphors behind. I'm going to give you the real deal on what sells this book. The characters are a robust group of personalities that make you fall in love with their flaws and their strengths. They are all interlinked. The girl in the background of the Soap TV who chose Marco- that they are watching. The distant citizens who sit on the bench in town. The GenerationsThere is a special place in my heart for Auntie B and Nan Tonia.The humor in this book had me smiling through the tears, and it had everything necessary in a story for the ages. I felt this story. I loved its art. I wished it would have never ended.

  • David Schaafsma
    2018-11-23 15:39

    The fourth graphic novel by Flavia Biondi and the first to be translated into English. The title plainly points to the central theme of the book: The importance of family, across the generations. You know, it was a relief after reading a lot of noir and crime novels to read something essentially straightforward and warm and sweet. Matteo leaves home as a teenager, in conflict with his father, to live with an older boyfriend in Milan, who breaks up with him. After three years, Matteo returns home to his country town, moves in with his three aunts and his grandmother, for whom he becomes caretaker. He reconnects with his cousin and old friends, and finally (just a start) his father. He learns the value of family and standing up for what you are, which is difficult as a young gay man in provincial anywhere. Nothing surprising here: Matteo confronts his family, reconnects a bit with his former lover, faces a death in the family and a birth, and faces himself. I'll admit Biondi drew a couple tears from me near the end. It's good!

  • Romie
    2018-11-29 18:31

    I LOVED THIS SO MUCH!First, I fell in love with the art style, it’s really pretty, definitely pleasing to the eye, and it was just beautiful okay? I really appreciated this art. Definitely one of my favourite art styles so far.Matteo comes home from Milan after his ex-boyfriend broke up with him, and finds himself having to leave with his aunts, pregnant cousin, and his nan. For the first few weeks he doesn’t really know what to do with his life : he’s afraid to go see his dad because the last time they saw each other didn’t go well, he’s scared of going outside because he doesn’t know what he’ll do if he sees on of his old classmates . . . so he just spends his days on the couch, just eating and watching TV. Until he’s asked to help his nan.This graphic novel deals with grief, but more than one kind : grief over the loss of someone you loved, the loss of your former life, the grief over what could have been if . . . it’s definitely a graphic novel that speaks to my generation : we’re lost, we’re somewhere in between the past and what’s to come, we don’t know what life will be made of, and in trying to grow up we lost what made us feel happy once.Matteo has to find what he used to love about his life, what made him happy, why he acted the way he did, why he left, whys . . . he has to figure out the kind of life he wants to live, the kind of man he wants to be.This graphic novel is seriously one of my favourites, I want everybody to read it because it’s just so great and powerful and beautiful!4.5Thank you Netgalley for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  • Schizanthus
    2018-12-06 14:53

    Starting this graphic novel I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I was initially wary because I knew it had been translated from Italian. I always worry I'm going to miss key elements in translated works but Carla Roncalli De Montorio has done a wonderful job.Beginning with Matteo's train trip to his home town after three years in Milan with his boyfriend, he is certain he will not be welcomed into his father's home. Returning with no money, job or relationship, he lands on his Nan's doorstep, greeted by his pregnant cousin Sara. Matteo is surprised to see his aunts A, B and C are now living with his Nan. He also meets Odina, his Nan's caregiver and Francesco, his Nan's nurse. Through interactions with his family, Odina and Francesco, Matteo begins to learn to deal with his problems rather than running away from them. His individual family members, some more accepting of him than others, teach him about love, support, strength and what the generations can learn from one another.I certainly didn't expect to cry while reading something with so few words. I guess that tells you something about how powerful this story is.Flavia Biondi, who incidentally has done a brilliant job conveying the story both in words and images, created a cast of complex characters who I came to love more because of their flaws, not despite them.The analogy of people being apples and our family being a tree was just beautiful. Exploring themes of love, loss, grief, sexuality, homophobia and acceptance, this graphic novel's depth pleasantly surprised me.I received a copy of this book from NetGalley (thank you so much to NetGalley, Lion Forge and Diamond Book Distributors for the opportunity) in exchange for honest feedback.

  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    2018-11-11 19:49

    *Disclaimer: I received a copy of Generations by Flavia Bondi from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my review in any way.This was a really beautiful coming of age story. I loved the focus on family and growing up to realize that you're suddenly an adult. A lot of the moments that involved Matteo and his family were super relatable for me as I also come from a pretty large Italian family. I loved the characters and the storyline and I absolutely loved the way Matteo grew as a person throughout the story.

  • Shan(Littleirishbookcat)
    2018-11-11 18:27

    Review Edit 3.5 StarsMy Thoughts Trigger warning ⚠️ Homophobia.Firstly before I talk about what I liked and didn't like about Generations. I want to just say: Guys! Stop ignoring this graphic novel. I cannot believe it only has 87 ratings on Goodreads. It's deserves so much more than that. We finally getting a graphic novel that actually deals with real life. Our story is told from the POV of Matteo.Matteo is currently in his twenties; living in a crowded house with 3 aunts, pregnant cousin and his grandmother. He hasn't spoken a word to his father since he told him he was gay and has broken up with his boyfriend. At the beginning of the graphic novel Matteo has returned home. I think what got me so much about this graphic novel was how much I related to Matteo. Life is hard and the author doesn't sugarcoat this. Matteo is lost at the beginning and we can see he believes he's no hope. However as the graphic novel goes on we see he pull himself up and Dream again. With the help of family and new friends of course. And guys that's life. You have bad days and good days but more importantly you should never stop dreaming. I loved Matteo's grandmother. Seriously she rocked. I also loved there relationship. It reminded me of the relationship I have with my own grandmother. I really liked how detailed the artwork was. The Illustrations were really amazing and it was clear the author put so much time and effort into them. What I didn't like muchNow while I did enjoy this graphic novel very much. I do believe it could have been longer or at least more added to the ending. Everything wrapped up so quickly and seemed rather rushed. Matteo refers to his three aunties as Auntie A, Auntie B and Auntie C. It was the most confusing thing ever. I couldn't tell A from B or C. While we're talking about the aunties one of them was a complete bitch. Honestly I hated her. She had no right to speak to her mother the way she did or to Matteo.ConclusionOverall, writing about real life subjects is always tough. Some people, myself included, read to avoid life not to be reminded of it. However I think the author did a great job here and generations is a graphic novel I don't think I'll forget anytime soon. Though it have some faults for the most part it was a genuinely good graphic novel*Arc provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*Review to come :)

  • Manon
    2018-11-18 12:35

    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Generations is a graphic novel telling the story of Matteo, who after leaving his hometown for Milan, comes back and goes to live with his grandmother, his three aunts and cousin. Matteo is lost and is trying to find out who he is while also trying to heal his broken heart.Generations was a nice story with a lot of heart and the characters were all very layered. Matteo’s journey was very interesting and I could relate at times.I really have nothing more to say except that since I’m re-learning italian, I wish I had read the original book.

  • Deepika Ramesh
    2018-12-02 17:26

    It is an unassuming, touching story of a young man moving back with his family after breaking-up with his boyfriend, after antagonising his father, and after failing to make anything for him. When everything fails, the family props him up, and the sojourn with his family helps him to re-establish the bond with his family, and helps him to unload his emotional baggage and build a bridge to himself.

  • Lin
    2018-11-12 13:48

    Oh boy.. this was amazing I will write a full review about it. I loved it

  • Hannah
    2018-11-23 11:48

    I think this is one of those right time and right place sort of graphic novels for me, although I think most of the scenarios in this book are universal - they aren't exactly cliche or tropey. (view spoiler)[This graphic novel deals with grief alongside the main character's cousin having her first child, and deals with the loss of one generation while gaining one new generation. As recently my Grandad died a month ago, whilst my two cousins both gave birth to their children around the same time, and I think this graphic novel put a new perspective of grief for me that kind of altered my view a little bit and sort of released something I was holding back I think, or at least that might be why I was crying a lot at the end. So I think most of these stars may be for the story resonating with me a lot, but I do think this book is good for someone who is grieving, and also, I did recognize a lot of the story in my own family. As with my Grandad's end of life care, my cousin and my Grandad were still cracking a lot of jokes, and my family took a large part in his care. My family too is quite big and I could relate to the dynamics within the graphic novel, and there is some tension together, but around that grief there was a lot of coming together that is too in this graphic novel. (hide spoiler)]I would liken the style within this graphic novel to Natsume Ono's who illustrated House of Five Leaves, as the noses and the eyes are quite similar, as well as Sahara Mizu's and Cassandra Jean's. I do think graphic novel didn't really have you pouring your eyes into the art and more tugging you towards the story, which I do think is a good thing.Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in return for an honest review.

  • Amina
    2018-12-03 16:38

    This is the story of Teo, who left his home town when he was 19 and who's back now living with his Nan, three aunts and his cousin Sarah.The story line was really great, a lot of the moments were highly relatable, different characters with different problems made it so real.It's a graphic novel with a lot of heart, it is about family and what links its members, about acceptance and especially growing up and healing.PS: Thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the advanced copy!

  • Andrea Poulain
    2018-11-15 11:32

    Got it at NetGalley in an exchange for an honest review. (Review upcoming)

  • Andrea Amadio
    2018-11-20 13:28

    Il mio amore per le graphic novel, lo ammetto, è recente, nonostante sia fruitore di manga da quando a dieci anni ho dovuto mettere degli occhiali spessissimi per continuare a leggerli. Eppure, le graphic mi stan appassionando da poco e in libreria l'altro giorno, bazzicando, ho trovato questa opera della Biondi: lei la seguo da tempo su Instagram e sono innamorato del suo stile spigoloso ma realista. Ma non sapevo che avesse un talento assurdo nello scrivere di famiglie, dolore e amore, nascita e morte. Una graphic talmente intensa da essere divorata in un'ora e da lasciarmi col fiato mozzato e una fitta all'altezza del cuore - lacrime non comprese. La Biondi ha scritto un inno alla vita che nasce dalla morte, un inno alle proprie radici e a ciò che più ci fa muovere ogni giorno: l'amore, quello puro che non ha confini o denominazioni.

  • Anna
    2018-11-23 15:34

    4.5 starsMatteo comes back to his small home-town from Milan where he lived with his boyfriend for three years. Not having anywhere else to go, he moves in with his grandma, three aunts and pregnant cousin. At first he only spends his days sleeping and thinking about the past but when he's forced to start working as his grandma's caretaker, things slowly begin to change. On one hand, "Generations" is a story of a homosexual guy in his early 20s - his coming out, difficult relationship with his father, bad breakup and finally growing up and healing. On the other, exactly as the title suggests, it's more than that, much more. Because through Matteo's eyes we see his whole multigenerational family, especially the women. After moving back home, Teo feels miserable. He believes he has failed and sees his relatives as living symbols of his failure. It takes him time to realize that he was wrong, that all of them are main characters in their own stories, not just extras in his own. While watching them and learning more about their lives, he comes to love and appreciate not only them but also himself.Sounds unique? Not really, I know. But trust me, "Generations" is absolutely beautiful and wonderfully executed. The slightly sketchy art, the well-written dialogues and Teo's inner monologues, the humour (three grannies on the bench!), the characters and the complex relationships between them - I loved it all. And most of all, the emotions. They were reaching so deep inside me and at one point made me weep and want to hide under my blanket and never come out. "Generations" is both heart-breaking and uplifting the same time, and thanks to that it's very realistic.I also appreciate that one of the minor characters was Polish ("like the old Pope!") - normally it wouldn't have mattered that much but she was great. Only her name bothered me a bit. Odina? Not Polish at all. But perhaps I accidentally missed an explanation, who knows.

  • Jenny
    2018-11-17 16:49

    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewTrigger warning for this book: homomisia4 ⭐️A beautiful story about the importance of family. Matteo, a young gay man who fled his provincial town for Milan after telling his father he was gay, returns with a heartbreak. The graphic novel follows his journey as he learns about himself and the rest of his family.In the beginning, Matteo seems to be depressed, we later learn it's from heartbreak, yet the feeling of depression clung to a good third of the book. It was interesting, though, to see how his family navigated it.I did not agree with some of the "Generation" comments Matteo made. As with any generalization, it can be true for many, but far from all. Generations differ from each other mostly in terms of society. Society flows and changes and generations go with it. It is the combination of generation and society that made Matteo's coming out so hard on him.Talking about coming out, the way his aunt reacted was both classic and disgusting. So many people react this way. I liked the touch of Matteo's father coming to his defense instead of standing by. I wish their reconciliation had come sooner, but better late than never.It was nice to see Matteo realize he was not just a passive character in his own life. He could change it with his own decision, and that's what made him the man at the end of this graphic novel - far more than he was at the beginning.A short comment on the art, which was absolutely stunning at moments. The way Flavia Biondi added Matteo's comments without showing him in the pictures was beautiful.

  • Siina
    2018-11-26 19:51

    Biondi's Generations is quite a wonderful family relations story set in Italy. It's melancholic, sad even, but full of hope at the same time. Matteo returns home after his life in Milan breaks apart and now he has no job and no home. Instead of returning to his father, he moves in with his grandmother, aunts and cousin. The reason why Matteo is avoiding his father is that Matteo is gay and even returning was hard and soon even harder when his relatives get to know this fact. He has to grow up and find his own path to make things right again. Perhaps he actually grows a bit too fast as in I would've wanted him to connect the dots with more carefulness and thought. Also, Matteo's relationship with his ex-boyfriend and the whole situation is lacking in someways not to forget that Matteo's reasons are left unclear. All in all I'd say all this is because the comic is too short to convey such depth with these pages alone. The story in itself is interesting and well put together, so that's really not the point.I like the art. It's somewhat crude and realistic, but very smooth and heartwarming at the same time. The art fits very well with the story line, theme and image. This would've looked awesome in color actually. The view angles look nice and the structure is very defined! What I liked the most is that the comic is set in Italy, the street views and the way of life are refreshing to boot. The characters are well built with persona and a role that makes the family, the generations. With more pages this could've been easily four stars if not even more.

  • I'mogén
    2018-11-10 14:25

    I got this as a ''read now'' e-copy, via Netgalley. All opinions stated are my own.This was one of the most moving graphic novels I've ever read. As you could imagine, it was heavily centred on this idea of generations, and with that came the meaning of family and how they can be there for you when you undergo things that will make you question yourself and those around you.We mainly follow Matteo, but thorugh his eyes we take a glimpse into the lives of his Aunties, cousin, nan and father. There were a few sad moments and times of happiness, which I really enoyed. There were a lot of themes that made good points to reflect on and I found this to help teach people about the morals of life and how that can be seen differently throughout all the different generations within a family unit.I wasn't expecting the black and white colour palette for some reason but it worked, especially with the contrast of the simplicity in the lack of colour when in contrast with the wonderful story telling.The reason I didn't give this a 5 stars is simply because there were times where I couldn't connect to the location or really get a feel for it and that may just be because I have no knowledge of the place this is set in.Overall, a really solid read and a very impressive, emotional graphic novel.Pick it up, give it a go and enjoy! >(^_^)<Gén

  • Bob H
    2018-12-02 17:50

    This is a well-conceived, well-plotted story of an awkward time in a young man's life. Left a small town at 19, returned three years later with little to show for it -- turns out he wasn't going to school, nothing to show but a failed relationship and now living on his relatives' couch. It's a graphic novel format, almost manga-like in its art, but its characters are real and compelling, and the family dynamics at once warm and contentious. This is set in Italy but everything here -- the English translation, the sense of alienation and fumbling choices in life that you'd find in the young, the family relationships -- are all universal and something the young-adult readers would identify with. Matteo is trying to re-integrate into his family, and his failed life choices are as much a subject for his family's value judgments as his being gay. A looming confrontation with his father also weighs on him. It's a well-told and fascinating visit, and indeed the generations in his family, his aging Nan, his aunts, his childhood, are deep currents in a story this concise. Highly recommend.

  • Yaiza
    2018-11-23 18:30

    VEINTEAÑEROS QUEER DE PUEBLOS PEQUEÑOS CON PROBLEMAS FAMILIARES QUE NO SABEN QUÉ HACER CON SU VIDA: Mi Tipo De Mierda™. La llorera ha sido súper real y me reafirmo en que el género new adult es una cosa que debemos apreciar. Además no sé si yo soy más simple que una cuchara o qué pero me encantan los running gags y las bromas internas y cada vez que mencionaban "la pensión de Gigi" me moría de risa.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-30 17:51

    Although the prose can be a bit obvious with its "life lessons," this is a poignant coming-of-age tale that will resonate, particularly with those who have large families and those who have felt adrift as "Millenials."

  • Rianna (RiannaBlok)
    2018-12-02 13:24

    38/45 books read in 2017Provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Actual rating: 4,5 starsThis is a story about growing up, taking control back, and coming to terms with the past. This book reminds me of The Complete Persepolis. It has the same type of bittersweet emotion that is normal when describing life and growing up. My connection with Matteo really grew while I was reading, just like my experience with Persepolis. I definitely recommend this to anyone trying to find out what they want to do in life, how to shape their future.

  • Jeimy
    2018-11-25 14:50

    Nursing a broken heart, Matteo escapes from Milan and lands in the small town where he was raised. Estranged from his father, he lands in his grandmother's home where his female aunts, and pregnant cousin, live. During his stay Matteo will come to terms with the impulsive youth he was and the responsible young man he is becoming.

  • Laura
    2018-11-18 18:32

    Effective portrayal of millennial rootlessness colliding with familial roots and the secrets and resentments that come along with them.

    2018-12-03 19:44

    I liked this graphic novel a lot, specially because as an Italian I know exactly what it was all about. I recommend it to everyone I know, it was a really worth reading.Questa graphic novel mi é piaciuta moltissimo, specialmente perché sono italiana e per me ha un significato profondo e molto chiaro. La consiglio a chiunque, é decisamente un'ottima lettura!THANKS TO EDELWEISS FOR THE PREVIEW!

  • Joel - Descendant of Poseidon Reads
    2018-11-20 11:30

    A realization that suits in the modern era and millennials. The story is really great! There's a bit of LGBT but overall the book will surely make you think of your next decision.

  • Greyson (Grey) Edwards
    2018-12-07 19:24

    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.I'm not sure how to review this one. This was a lovely graphic novel, a sweet coming of age and coming out story. But it wasn't much more than that. It was something nice to read to pass the time.

  • Soobie can't sleep at night
    2018-11-11 13:33

    Questa è stata una sorpresona! Quindi direi addirittura 4,5 stelline. Però, caspita Soobie, ti costa tanto dare cinque stelline ogni tanto? Ne hai date solo tre nel 2017...No, tutte quelle lentiggini mi infastidivano. Allora, io adoro le lentiggini. Il primo ragazzo per cui ho preso una cotta seria, Ryan, aveva delle bellissime lentiggini. Le mie compagne mi prendevano in giro perché era pieno di brufoli e aveva le orecchie a sventola. Al che io rispondevo che i brufoli spariscono (e sono effettivamente spariti) e le orecchie a sventola... quelle non le ho mai viste! Davvero. Quindi ciao, Ryan!Però ecco, sembrava che tutte le facce fossero in qualche modo sporche. Non saprei come spiegarlo meglio. Perfino la De Filippi aveva le lentiggini.Per il resto, WOW!Mi è piaciuta la storia di Teo, che a 22 anni si è reso conto di aver bisogno di un po' di personalità e di uno scopo nella vita. Così, dopo la fine di una storia importante, lascia Milano e torna al paesello, dove nessuno sa che è gay. Abita a casa della nonna, insieme a tre zie nubili e una cugina, figlia di una di queste zie. Ammetto che le zie sono un po' intercambiabili tra di loro e spesso non riuscivo a ricordare chi fosse chi. Se poi ci aggiungiamo il fatto che lui le chiamava zia A, zia B e zia C, la confusione era totale. Sono rapporti familiari difficili, perché la nonna non parla con la madre della cugina, perché si è lasciata mettere incinta da un uomo che poi è scappato. Matteo non parla con il padre, perché tre anni prima gli ha sputato in faccia di essere gay e poi se n'è andato, senza neanche attendere la reazione del genitore. A tutto questo, si aggiungono i costanti problemi economici che costringono le zie a licenziare la badante polacca della nonna e a far lavorare Matteo al suo posto. Ma lui, molto affezionato alla nonna, accetta il lavoro e comincia a cambiare.È un fumetto estremamente toscano, lo si nota nei dialoghi soprattutto, in cui l'autrice si lascia un po' andare alla parlata toscana. Niente da dire, adoro il toscano (perdonate, ma non so distinguere i vari dialetti della regione), come adoro il sassarese - grazie a Pierluigi, soprattutto - e il torinese.A parte le lentiggini, il tratto mi piace molto. Rispetto a tutti i fumetti a colori (brutti) che ho letto ultimamente questo spicca nel suo bianco e nero. Mi sa che recupererò altri libri dell'autrice.

  • Eℓℓis ♥
    2018-12-03 18:45

    Flavia Biondi inLa generazioneutilizza magistralmente la tecnica del disegno per affrontare tematiche davvero delicate quali: la perenne sensazione di inadeguatezza, il concetto di famiglia, l'amore omo-erotico e altro ancora. I personaggi che si avvicendano di pagina in pagina sono ben tratteggiati e delineano un ritratto spontaneo e veritiero della società odierna nonostante i testi non siano molto lunghi, eppure ci sono passi veramente degni di nota mirati a spingere il lettore alla riflessione. E' facile rispecchiarsi nella storia di Matteo; quanti non hanno mai provato, almeno una volta, a lasciarsi alle spalle il passato per guardare al futuro con occhi nuovi? Ma molto spesso il passato ritorna e ci travolge... Ed è proprio da esso che possiamo trarre insegnamento, imparare ad essere forti, scoprendoci in grado di affrontarlo, superando qualsivoglia ostacolo e pregiudizio.Mi ha anche fatto tornare in mente una canzone di qualche anno fa:Generazione X di Mondo Marcio. Ed è proprio una strofa di quel brano che, secondo me, richiama l'intero contenuto di questa graphic-novel: "Dicono che i giovani non hanno cuore, ma io ti dico che mio padre non mi ha mai dato amore. Io provo una strada e di nuovo sbaglio direzione, ma dimmi sono io oppure è tutta la mia generazione?"

  • Andréa
    2018-12-06 16:39

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Davide Genco
    2018-11-16 18:27

    “Non capisco perchè siano così tante le donne che la storia ha messo da parte (se non addirittura cancellato)! È come se il mondo fosse un grosso palcoscenico che solo gli uomini possono calpestare mentre noi, al massimo, possiamo suggerire da dietro le quinte o rassettare i camerini”.Queste parole pronunciate a un certo punto da Violeta Parra nel graphic novel a lei dedicato sono emblematiche sia del personaggio, sia della ragione principale che ha spinto l’autrice Virginia Tonfoni - giornalista con la passione per il fumetto e una grande preparazione sulla cultura latina - a raccontarne la storia. Supportato dalle illustrazioni in bianco, nero e arancio di Alessio Spataro, vignettista di lungo corso e qui alla sua seconda prova con il graphic novel, “Violeta - Corazón maldito” (edito da quella garanzia quando si parla di fumetti che è Bao Publishing) ripercorre tutta la vita della musicista, dalla nascita al suo tragico epilogo. Violeta del Carmen Parra Sandoval è stata una celebrata cantautrice cilena attiva nella prima metà del Novecento (proprio lo scorso 4 ottobre ricorreva il centenario della sua nascita) che ha avuto il merito di riportare alla luce la canzone folkloristica del proprio Paese con una preziosa operazione di recupero. Personalità inquieta, indole ribelle, umili origini e la stima di gente come Pablo Neruda a fronte di una decisamente più contenuta popolarità nel resto del mondo hanno reso evidentemente questo romanzo a fumetti ancor più necessario.Avrete già intuito che gli slanci femministi non mancano nel racconto. C’è il padre di Violeta che apostrofa un pappone violento dicendogli che il mestiere più vecchio del mondo non è quello della prostituta, ma dello sfruttatore. C’è l’autodeterminazione di Violeta stessa che, raccontando al suo primo marito di una molestia subita, gli intima: “Promettimi che mi proteggerai...Ma solo quando lo vorrò io”.C’è il conflitto generazionale sul ruolo della donna negli accesi battibecchi con la suocera.C’è l’impegno politico, perchè ogni tensione verso il progresso non può prescindere da una presa di posizione pubblica sulla propria visione del mondo, sia che questa dimensione pubblica riguardi il microcosmo della propria famiglia o l’ecosistema della propria nazione.C’è in generale un rigoroso e appassionato racconto che, ben soppesando stilisticamente “riso” e “pianto” (per parafrasare il brano più celebre della Parra, “Gracias a la vida”) e senza mai scadere nell'agiografia, nella pornografia dei sentimenti o nell’estetizzazione del drammatico gesto finale. Violeta Parra non viene dipinta come un’icona, seppur tale sia diventata, ma come una persona. Non si lesina sugli aspetti controversi del suo carattere, ma è al tempo stesso evidente il tentativo di sottolineare come la scelta di condurre un determinato stile di vita per una donna in quegli anni e in quel contesto fosse tutt’altro che una strada scontata e scevra di sacrifici o conseguenze. Stiamo parlando, insomma, del ritratto onesto di una donna di valore, ancora poco conosciuta dalle nostre parti, che “Violeta - Corazón maldito” vuole ostinatamente riportare alla luce. Non è un caso che l’idea del fumetto scaturisca dalla mancata possibilità dell’autrice di tradurre la biografia della Parra scritta dalla figlia Isabel).Sulle vicende raccontate non entro nel dettaglio per non rovinarvi la lettura, ma a questo punto devo farvi una confessione: prima di avere fra le mani questo graphic novel non conoscevo Violeta Parra. Dopo averlo finito ho cominciato ad approfondire, scoprendone la ricca produzione artistica e trovando anche molti punti di contatto con altre figure femminili decisive del cantautorato sudamericano quali Mercedes Sosa e Chavela Vargas (personaggio sensazionale già citato in questa sede e a cui davvero prima o poi dovremo dedicare un articolo).Ecco, vi invito allora a leggere “Violeta - Corazón maldito” confidando che per molt* di voi sia un punto di partenza, la cima di un iceberg che innescherà la vostra curiosità verso un immaginario enorme e suggestivo. Non servono a questo, del resto, le storie? A maggior ragione il discorso vale per quelle che danno voce alle categorie meno raccontate.Proveniamo da secoli di produzione culturale che anche nelle sue più alte manifestazioni autoriali è stata inevitabilmente il riflesso della cultura patriarcale in cui è stata concepita. Ora, in un momento in cui sembra che tutto sia già stato detto e raccontato meglio da altri prima di noi, far parlare in prima persona coloro che nel corso della storia per ragioni discriminatorie più o meno complesse sono stati relegati al ruolo di comprimari significa avere l’opportunità di guardare il mondo da nuove angolature e in questo modo conoscerlo in maniera più vera e profonda.“Io canto alla chillaneja (N.d.R. al modo di Chillán, paese natale di V. Parra)se devo dire qualcosae non prendo la chitarra per farmi applaudire.Io canto la differenza che c’è tra i vero e il falso, altrimenti non canto.”