All’Inferno ci si va con un amico

An illustrated talk in Italian with Prof. Domenico Palumbo

25th November 2021 at 19:30 GMT

Immaginate questo: l’amore della vostra vita è morto, la vostra guida spirituale non fa il suo dovere, avete perso le elezioni e siete costretti a lasciare la città, le vostre idee collassano: è questa la situazione che si trova a vivere Dante nella primavera del 1300. Beatrice è morta, Papa Bonifacio VIII – che in quanto Papa dovrebbe essere la guida spirituale – diventa un nemico, il suo partito, quello dei guelfi bianchi, organizza la guerra civile a Firenze mentre è costretto all’esilio. La selva dantesca significa proprio questo: la vita umana che perde le sue certezze. ‘Crisi’ è una parola che viene dal greco il cui significato rimanda al ‘perdere ogni riferimento’: quando si va in crisi si ha il bisogno di avere certezze, perché bisogna riscrivere di nuovo tutto il mondo delle relazioni. Ecco perché Dante deve attraversare l’Inferno, per conoscere. Che cosa? Lo scopriremo insieme.

When you go to the Inferno, you go with a friend

“Imagine this: the love of your life is dead, your spiritual guide is not doing his duty, you lost the elections and you are forced to leave the city and your ideas collapse: this is the situation that Dante finds himself living in, in the spring of 1300. Beatrice died, Pope Boniface VIII – who as Pope should be the spiritual guide – becomes an enemy, his party, that of the white Guelphs, organizes the civil war in Florence whilst he is forced into exile. Dante’s forest means precisely this: human life that loses its certainties. ‘Crisis’ is a word that comes from the Greek where its meaning refers to ‘losing all references’: when you go into crisis you need to have certainties, because we have to rewrite the whole world of relationships again. That’s why Dante has to go through Hell, to know. What exactly? We’ll find that out together. “

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