“Take the long way home”: the eternal return in myths and stories

23 Vinicio Capossela and Marco Aime

“Take the long way home”: the eternal return in myths and stories

€ 3.00
Sunday 24 May 2015 6:30 pm
piazza del Duomo 3

Vinicio Capossela has followed myths, the Homeric tale, the voices that come from the place where History gives way to the eternity of stories. He has done so with his music and with his fiction. He has never stopped recounting the imaginary expanses of a country that lies between the arid plains of the American west and the lands running along the backbone of the Apennines.

An experimenter of languages, poet of the night, Dionysian summoner of ancestral rites, oral storyteller who lends himself to the written word, Capossela, in an anthropological conversation with Marco Aime, invites us to follow him to his ancestral land, to an ancient world that has been lost in the folds of modernity. Like every good anthropologist, Vinicio too has taken the longest way home.


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Vinicio Capossela is a phantasmagorical songwriter, poet, writer and performer. In 1990, under the direction of Renzo Fantini, Capossela recorded his first album, All’una e trentacinque, which won him the “Tenco Plaque” (for a First Work), an honor he went on to receive three more times thereafter. After his first few “pre-biographical” albums, starting with Canzoni a Manovella (2000) Capossela has been addressing more universal themes, often inspired by great writers from Melville to Céline, from Dante to Homer. His “total operas” (Ovunque proteggi, Da solo, Marinai, profeti e balene) have been staged in theatres the world over. In 2004, Feltrinelli published his book Non si muore tutte le mattine (“You don’t die every morning”), from which a shadow theatre performance was drawn as well as Radiocapitolazioni, broadcast in Italy by RAI’s radio channel 3. Capossela’s latest work, inspired by the Greek tradition of the rebetiko (“a way of life, more than a musical style”), includes the album Rebetiko Gimnastas, a documentary he made with the filmmaker Andrea Segre, and the book Tefteri, taccuino dei conti in sospeso (“A notebook of unpaid bills”), published by Il Saggiatore; Il paese dei Coppoloni (2015) published by Feltrinelli.

Marco Aime is professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Genoa. He has conducted research on the Alps and in West Africa. Aime has authored a number of books: Le radici nella sabbia(EDT, 1999); Il primo libro di antropologia(2008), Il dono al tempo di Internet(with A. Cossetta, 2010), L’altro e l’altrove(with D. Papotti 2012), Contro il razzismo (with G. Barbujani, C. Bartoli, F. Faloppa, 2016) published by Einaudi; Verdi tribù del Nord (Laterza, 2012); Gli specchi di Gulliver(2006), Timbuctu(2008), Il diverso come icona del male(with Emanuele Severino, 2009), Gli uccelli della solitudine(2010), Cultura(2013), L'isola del non arrivo. Voci da Lampedusa (2018) published by Bollati Boringhieri; All’Avogadro si cominciava a ottobre (Agenzia X, 2014); La macchia della razza (2012), Etnografia del quotidiano(2014) published by elèuthera; La fatica di diventare grandi. La scomparsa dei riti di passaggio (Einaudi, 2014); Tra i castagni dell'Appennino. Conversazione con Francesco Guccini (2014); Senza sponda (2015) published by Utet. He transleted Atlante delle frotiere by Bruno Tertrais e Delphine Papin (2018, ADD editore); He's going to publish Comunità (il Mulino, 2019).

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