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Architecture and crime stories Four reprinted essays and a crime story by Andrea Camilleri cast light on the remarkable figure of Edoardo Persico, showing that literature can also be morally stimulated by architecture. Andrea Camilleri, Dentro il labirintoSkiraMilan,pp.
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Edoardo Persico, Profezia dell’architetturaSkira, Milan,64 pp. There’s nothing new about a writer being drawn to Edoardo Persico. Elio Vittorini and Leonardo Sciascia, for example, had already focused on him, as stated in the bibliography of Andrea Camilleri’s latest book.
Persico started out as a writer before becoming a publisher, journalist, gallery owner and, finally, an architect, but Camilleri’s interest in him remains within the confines of crime fiction.
This genre has dominated the last two decades of Italian literatureand Camilleri, with his Inspector Montalbanohas been its best-known voice. Detective novels have always had a fascination with the world of urban design and architecture, and together with similar genres that have also shared this interest, they have helped to create a vast field that has turned judicial investigation into a stylistic tool with which to interpret and narrate crucial and unresolved episodes of recent history.
Camilperi its head at the opposite end of this field is the front of the provocative “against architecture” pamphlets to quote Franco La Cecla’s successful text, recently translated into Japanese that filled bookshops in the same period. These examples are often described as investigative literature although they should more rightly be linked to the popular phenomenon of architecture in fiction, to be investigated in the New Journalism style mastered by Tom Wolfe an unabridged Italian translation of his The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine- Flake Streamline Baby was recently proposed, which at last also contains the crucial article on Las Vegas that is behind all the variations of Learning from….
Returning to Camilleri, his work remains entirely within the boundaries of the invented story. Nor cammilleri he write Le Corbusier: A Lifein an attempt to extend the practice of bad biographies to the field of the archistar.
Camilleri does not put Persico in bed with Josephine Baker on an ocean liner sailing for the Southern Seas. He sees Persico as a sad, cheap loser of a human being, found dead in the toilet of his home, after having been there for some days. His sordid and mysterious death could quite easily be taken as the riddle of all European history, architectural history included — a riddle that goes beyond the list of clues to convey all the compromises between intellect and power of the 20th century.
Camilleri’s story is thrilling because it is not built on facts drawn from glossy magazines, but rather on academic readings pondered with a detective’s mind. He thus multiplies the approach of the circumstantial paradigm with a nouveau-roman style, arriving at a strange and innovative historical-narrative essay.
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Indeed, the presence of a bibliography coupled with the artistic vocation of the book’s publisher, Skira, labirinro suggest how much Camilleri loved playing the historian, whatever he may have said. If we still had any doubts, the publisher comes to our aid: Such a familleri speaks volumes and the whole process gels into an overall strategy, aimed partly at rediscovering the role that the Neapolitan critic played in the construction of a historiography and an original and unique criticism for European architectural culture.
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