Lidia Ravera presents ONE DAY ALL THIS WILL BE YOURS

lunedì 13 maggio 2024 - ore 21.00 - INGRESSO LIBERO

Biography: Lidia Ravera was born in Turin, Italy. A journalist and writer, she achieved notoriety in 1976 with her debut novel Pigs with Wings (Bompiani). He has written thirty works of fiction; the latest novels, Piangi pure, Gli scaduti, Il terzo tempo, L’amore che dura, Avanti, parla are in the Bompiani catalog, as are the autobiographical novella Tempo con bambina and the short story La somma di due. He has worked for film, theater and television. His latest book is Age Pride (Einaudi, 2023).

Descriptive text of the book:
After a successful series of novels dedicated to the third time, Lidia Ravera displaces us by taking on the voice of a boy: honest to the point of cruelty, fierce as the innocent, able to sense the spirit of the times and find the right words to evoke it. And as usual Ravera first makes us smile, then reflect, and finally shudder. Seymour is 15 years old and likes to call himself a disturbed teenager. No social, no bullying, no team to cheer for, and no girl to photograph. In short, he does not perform any of the dance figures expected for his age. His main activity is to spy on the agitation of the adult world around him.

His unique passion is to write, to be precise to write a masterpiece, possibly without becoming a writer like his cumbersome 70-year-old father, Giovanni Sartoris, “vain, self-centered and phony,” a successful author, a serial husband with a total of four children spread over three wives. There is no understanding between the two but no clash either. As for the women in his life, Anna, the first of John’s ex-wives, is Seymour’s favorite, although she could be his grandmother. The second, American Alison, is the biological mother, and Seymour cannot stand her.

The third, a thirty-nine-year-old former junkie confined to a wheelchair, is a curious model of the eternal teenager for him. As he observes his reference adults, Seymour senses the sinister creaks of a crumbling world, both in the concrete alternation of drought and storm and in the abstract degradation of relationships between men and women and of men and women with success, the myth that has supplanted every other belief or certainty. When John, the quintessential winner, is swept up in a storm of damning accusations, Seymour finds himself having to play a starring role. He will have to understand and explain, accuse and forgive. In a word, grow up.

But how does the human adventure of becoming great taste in this threatened and weary world? What can be left to those who will come after us?