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Tre settimane a dicembre
(Three Weeks in December)
di Audrey Schulman
traduzione di Nello Giugliano
grafica di Emanuele Ragnisco
376 p. ; cartaceo, 19,50€
edizioni e/o -Mondo / Canada, Milano 2012
“[…] Born a long time ago, in another country, Schulman has traveled enough to have vomited on four continents, including once onto a Masai tribesman’s feet. He, unfortunately, was barefoot. […]”, così comincia la sezione “bio” del sito dell’autrice dedicato interamente a Three Weeks in December, uscito negli Stati Uniti per la Europa editions, la sigla americana delle edizioni e/o.
Rita Bugliosi ne ha parlato su L’almanacco della scienza, rivista del CNR:
“[…] I protagonisti sono naturalmente diversi ma uniti, oltre che dall’identico percorso compiuto, da una forte attrazione nei confronti del Continente Nero, della sua natura selvaggia e della vita degli indigeni. Ambedue, inoltre, sono in qualche modo ‘diversi’. Jeremy, omosessuale, è dotato di una spiccata sensibilità e si sente inadeguato alle aspettative dei suoi dipendenti che, immagina, lo vogliano audace e pronto a difenderli dalle insidie di quelle zone, soprattutto dalle pericolose aggressioni dei famelici leoni che si aggirano di notte nell’accampamento degli operai.
Max, invece, è affetta da una rara forma della sindrome di Asperger, che le rende difficile relazionarsi con gli altri e la porta a comportamenti anomali. Veste sempre e solo di grigio “perché era il colore più discreto. Una specie di foschia, come nebbia” e predilige cibi monocromatici: “Max mise in valigia il riso e la farina d’avena. Sul posto avrebbe trovato delle banane. Il cibo chiaro la calmava”. […]”.
Ma in Italia sin’ora se n’è parlato poco.
Su fiction-advocate, ne parla Brian Hurley:
“[…] In 1899 an American from Maine travels to the grasslands of British East Africa to oversee the construction of a railroad. He’s aloof, determined, and secretly gay. His name is Jeremy. In 2000 an American from Maine travels to the jungles of Rwanda to locate a rare plant with extraordinary medicinal properties. She’s aloof, determined, and she has Asperger’s. Her name is Max. How these two stories resonate, diverge, and dovetail is the subject of Audrey Schulman’s fourth novel, Three Weeks in December.
But few books are as simultaneously edifying and gratifying and this one. Schulman’s description of a lion kicking out its victim’s bowels is stunning, informative, and hugely significant to her characters. The same goes for her argument that plants are the world’s best chemists. Hollywood movies might have similar cinematography, but Three Weeks in December has everything. […]”
Bruce Barcott, sul New York Times:
“[…] “Three Weeks in December” will surely find its way onto syllabuses for college courses in postcolonial theory, but that’s selling it short. This is Max’s book. It’s a story about the senses, about perception and observation, the signals we send out into the world. Max is well qualified to discern status and relationships from a gorilla’s darting glance; her ability to sit and concentrate for hours leads her into a “botanical scale” of time. “There wasn’t just one speed in the world,” Schulman writes. “Other organisms could have a different meter to their movements. When she looked at a tree, she saw not a stationary object, but a photo of a dancer in mid-motion, the gesture of its branches describing its battle for food or love.”
By allowing us to experience life through Max’s extraordinary perspective, Schulman delivers the known world in startling new sounds, colors, tastes and smells. It’s enough to make a neurotypical jealous. […]”
Dennis Haritou scrive una recensione molto divertente per Three Guys one Book:
“[…] There seems to be a tragedy ahead for every wild thing that’s confronted with our kind. Jeremy will have to face down his lions. But it seems that they have become stand-ins for his own repressed feelings. Max finds herself with a family where she belongs at last. Even if there’s a price to be paid for it. Social misfits and terrified animals. Realistic story telling that seems more fantastic than any sci fi. It’s an illusion that reality is normative, conventional. Convention and reality are not the same thing. Reality is wild, not tame.
This is a moving story, told with great sympathy for the empirical facts, which doesn’t stop us as readers from getting our guts kicked out by Audrey Schulman’s great voice.
You’ll tear up if you don’t watch yourself, both for the animals and for the people. Three Weeks in December by Audrey Schulman will be available in Feb 2012 from the very distinguished and irreplaceable Europa Editions. […]”.
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