the ” death ” of the city in the book by the German journalist Petra Reski
- AM Thousand
It will be available in bookstores from May 19 for Sulfur publisher
Thomas Mann, like many great writers, he was predictive. Venice is a set of visions, splendid and tragic at the same time. For the German journalist Petra Reski (journalist for “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, “Die Zeit” And “Geo”) is – in the first place – its addictive homeland.
She was reached by the Adnkronos news agency to which she explained her point of view after so many years living in Italy: “Living in the lagoon for at least 30 years has meant witnessing his death. This is why I wrote ‘Venice, final act’, a manifesto book, in which I denounce the rape of the city by mass tourism, real estate speculation, pollution generates from cruise multinationals and the effects of climate change “. The portrait he makes of the lagoon city in the pages of the volume – which will be released on May 19 for Sulfur publisher – is very different from certain glossy images of the news and cinema we are used to: red carpets, gondolas, fireworks. Instead, he is melancholy, never flowered, but above all sincere. “I have witnessed, like many, the hatred of the Venetians and historians to the collapse of the shops. I have seen the corruption of the ruling classes and the failure of politics in managing the phenomenon of high water”. Themes that are intertwined with the story of personal experiences, with encounters with Venetians, friends, neighbors and with a life partner. And then readings, historical and artistic events, which reveal all the culture, beauty and values of the city. With irony and passion, Reski reconstructs the past of Venice, revealing its secrets and showing political backgrounds. And surely he wonders about his future. “I live in a city that suffers for the love of over thirty million people a year. Nothing to complain about: there are, in fact, worse fates. But today life in Venice consists above all in witnessing the death of the city: it will not come shortly, but hoping that it will heal is no longer possible “.
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