The short forms in Goffredo Parise’s narrative: from Vienna Crematorium to Syllabaries
Università Gabriele D’Annunzio di Chieti-Pescara
The “micro-narrations” permeate the Italian literary system of the 1970s: from the canonical texts that opened the decade in 1972 (The invisible cities by Calvino, The stereoscope of the secluded and The synagogue of the iconoclasts by Juan Rodolfo Wilcock), to 1979 with the “one hundred little stream novels” of Centuria (Manganelli) and Japanese flowers. Fifty-five easy pieces by La Capria, considering also The imperial roses by Malerba and The light men by Renzo Rosso (both published in 1974). Similar “structures of multiplicity” (Iacoli) correspond to the principle of serial variation. The “encyclopedic” disposition to the repertoire, the catalog and the abecedary also impresses the cycles of short narrations by Goffredo Parise, with Vienna Crematorium (1969) and the two volumes of Syllabaries (1972-1982): in these works of the maturity, the Venetian writer proposes – with only apparently didactic purpose – his unsettling surveys on the “elementary feelings”, placing the destinies of the characters on the ridge between chance and necessity.
Università degli Studi di Salerno