Friday, December 19, at 18.00, the Istituto Ernesto de Martino in Sesto Fiorentino will be presented the book “Juice of lives”. It is an autobiographical novel written by Paolo Pietrangeli, who will chair the event with his guitar along with journalist of la Republica Gianni Mura. The occasion seems important because, as we know, Pietrangeli is one of the most significant protagonist of the Italian social and political song panorama, which told us, even harshly, many events and many conflicts through unforgettable songs as “Countess” and “Valle Giulia”. As you can read in the presentation notes, “A juice of the vine” is a “rich container of memory”, in which the author – who joined the activity of songwriter that of film and television director – “gives himself without reserve, giving an autobiography as an exciting novel, which runs through the history of our country from the 50s to today”. We must not forget that Pietrangeli – who begins to sing our country in the sixties – has continued to give us his impressions and his chronicles even after more difficult years of disputes and sociopolitical conflict, with works such as “Genoa for us” in 2001. As Mura said in the introduction to the book, “Pietrangeli has never stopped writing songs and for many years has been in politics. From below, from the neighborhoods, the one where you sweat and there are no reflectors. Because, without putting it down so hard, those years in which rebel seemed right (and it is conceivable that it is) were not just slogans and copiers, cobblestones and occupations. They were years of friendship, of love, of hope. There were so many ways to live them and someone’s life’s got left. And someone else said that these pages are therapeutic, I think, for those who wrote them, and honest to the reader”. This book, also, is emerging as a new page of his story, which assumes – perhaps more than in the past – also a more intimate, more personal profile. There are also merged “important confidences of privacy”, organized as part of a generous writing and of a “profound reflection”.
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