We had written, in the summer of 2018, this idea of ours linked to the unique cultural heritage we possess. With the hope that it will be useful for everyone who enters the field of culture, we propose it again.
We, a small provincial newspaper, had an idea. We have thought, we have debated, we have studied and in the end we are here to propose what we believe can become a turning point for our territory.
Starting from Africo Vecchio and continuing to Stilo, a visitor will get to know the writers who have made our land great. The proposal seeks to counter the unequivocal message launched today by the national media: Locride is just ‘Ndrangheta and little else.
There are ideas that have changed the history of territories and populations, the history of the world is full of examples of evolutionary changes linked to ideas. The path has always been a fundamental concept of my life, the path represents for me the journey, the knowledge, the hope. Unfortunately, Locride has also been a major problem in my life: I have spent years struggling to find ideas, solutions, and projects to support the economic development of this land. Culture is one of the possible ways to achieve development, so we think that a project that combines the concept of culture with the concept of road and therefore with a territory that produces nothing could be the idea of a new narrative of the territory. . .
Coincidentally, a few days ago, in the national news, I saw a report on an idea developed in Sicily: “The writer’s path”, an itinerary that goes through the Sicilian places that saw the birth and production of the great twentieth century. authors who have fascinated entire generations. Among the writers to whom Pirandello, Sciascia and Camilleri streets are dedicated.
I myself have always tried to highlight the extraordinary literary production of our Locride. I did this recently in an article of mine published in this newspaper after the three days organized in Africo by the Region to discuss a new possible narrative of Calabria.
And this is what we continue to propose today with our idea, that is, to reread the great literary production of the various authors of Locride.
A proposal that seeks to counter the unequivocal message launched today by the national media: the Locride is just ‘Ndrangheta and little else. To reverse this conception of our land, one solution might be to offer a different knowledge of us.
Today we propose the Locride Writers’ Way project. Let’s imagine that a visitor begins to discover Locride perhaps starting from Africo Vecchio, where he will be able to know the places of the fiction of Gioacchino Criaco, that without a doubt in this time represents one of the most interesting pens of the national panorama. Immediately after following the ancient Via Dromo, a road built by the ancient Greeks that connects all of Locri, we arrive at Sant’Agata del Bianco, where Tibi and Tascia were born from the wonderful feather of Saverio Strati; from here we head to San Luca to visit the house-museum of Corrado Alvaro, one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century in Italy. Going down a few kilometers we come to Careri terra by Francesco Perri, author of the famous Emigranti. Going down further, we are in Bovalino where we visit the Cafè Literari dedicated to Mario La Cava, author of some of the most beautiful tales of the last century. We return briefly to Ardore where Francesco Barillaro lived, also known as Saverio Montalto, author of “The Montalbano Family”, without a doubt the first novel in which the honored family is told. Wanting to take an excursion outside Locride, after Platini, we go to Santa Crisitina D’Aspromonte where Mimmo Gangemi was born, author of one of the masterpieces of the new century, The Lady of Ellis Island. We then go down to Locri to remember that in this land, when there was still gestural communication in the rest of the world, lived and composed Nosside, the great and libertine poetess of the third century BC. A trip to Siderno to visit the library dedicated to Nicola Zitara, still little known in Italy but well known abroad for his economic theories on the unification of Italy. We end -although there are other important feathers to mention- in Stilo, with the most important philosopher, author of the famous utopia of the “City of the Sun”, Tommaso Campanella. At the end of this trip, we will find ourselves in front of an area of enormous historical and natural beauty.
In other articles we have criticized the serious absence of these writers in the education of our young people, in fact we proposed that the books of these authors be included in the curricula of all Locride schools.
Maybe I forgot about someone who deserves mention, also because there are many places related to literary characters that I didn’t include – I think of the Brancaleone house where Cesare Pavese and others lived – so I think anyone who wants can join or participate. in this project. Also because among the various purposes is also the will and concern to save and preserve the goods and places linked to our history.
The same operation, in fact, would also be possible in terms of archaeological assets: our area, as we have said on several occasions, is home to the largest number of cultural assets in Italy, and all together could be part of an impressive journey .
Ps. In writing this article I thought of my father, who did not leave me great material legacies, but perhaps he wanted to give me many things that are invaluable such as the knowledge of many of these characters, many books and many values. In a few days I will be fifty and I realize that I am no longer a child, so I feel a strong desire to leave our children something that is not only material but makes them live proud to have been born in this land. .