By Pietro Citati
Giacomo Leopardi était né à Recanati en 1798. Sa vie brève s'acheva à Naples en 1837. Il avait trente-neuf ans. Pendant longtemps, nous n'avons european en France qu'une imaginative and prescient partielle et imprécise de cette determine majeure de los angeles littérature. Au terme d'un travail considérable accompli au cours des dernières décennies, nous disposons désormais de traductions complètes des oeuvres essentielles du grand poète et penseur italien, y compris sa volumineuse Correspondance et son colossal et fascinant Zibaldone. Ce livre arrive ainsi à aspect nommé.
Après une enfance heureuse, l. a. vie de Leopardi fut une blessure ouverte au coeur de sa jeunesse et jamais refermée. Il lui échut alors un destin sans autre miséricorde qu'une flamme intérieure portant los angeles pensée poétique à sa strength maximale et le verbe à sa plus haute perfection. Le temps où il vécut fut celui d'une stagnation et il jugea son époque "ridicule et glaciale". Après des années de réclusion à Recanati, où il se consuma dans des "études mortelles", Bologne, Pise, Florence et Naples scandèrent les étapes d'un chemin d'angoisse, de douleur, de désolation, de ardour, de solitude, mais aussi d'intense création et de quête jamais renoncée du bonheur. "Il est aussi most unlikely d'être heureux que de jamais cesser d'aspirer, par-dessus tout, voire uniquement, au bonheur", écrivait-il. Tout en suivant avec une empathie profonde l'itinéraire humain de Leopardi, Pietro Citati nous conduit au coeur de l'oeuvre d'un poète sizeable et d'un penseur génial dont l'une des contradictions fécondes consista à être un Moderne détestant l. a. modernité.
À propos de Pietro Citati
Pietro Citati est notamment l’auteur de livres consacrés à Goethe, Tolstoï, Kafka, Katherine Mansfield, Proust, Homère, Zelda et F. S. Fitzgerald. Son roman Histoire qui fut heureuse, puis douloureuse et funeste a obtenu le Prix Médicis étranger en 1991. En France, l’essentiel de son oeuvre est disponible aux Éditions Gallimard dans les collections L’Arpenteur et Folio.
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Thus accused, Peukert ﬂed London and the movement. After spending two and a half years on the Continent, he showed up in America and resumed his radical activities; eventually an anarchist commission in London determined there was no evidence he was a spy.
Rinke, born in 1853, was a highly regarded anarchist ﬁgure with a long, lively career as a rebel, and his close friendship with the esteemed Peter Kropotkin boosted his status within the movement. ” But Peukert was an anarchist of strength and sway— and he was Johann Most’s bitterest rival. The Autonomist anarchists, as their name suggested, emphasized individual independence, freedom from bureaucracy, and resistance to all forms of authority. Convinced that any established organization contained the seeds of tyranny, they feared the emergence of a single leader within the anarchist movement.
She is one of us,” declared Sasha. Yet Berkman and Goldman’s accounts of their ﬁrst meeting diﬀer on many points. Sasha believed they met on a chilly day in November; Emma was certain that their ﬁrst encounter occurred on August 15, 1889, in stiﬂing heat. Emma thought August 15, 1889, was a Sunday; it happened in fact to be a Thursday. Sasha invited his new friend, whom he dubbed “Comrade Rochester,” to hear Johann Most speak the next evening. Emma was already an ardent fan of Most’s work— she had started reading his journal, Freiheit, shortly t h e t r io 31 after the arrests of the Haymarket anarchists— and she was eager to see the man close up.