Leopardi by Pietro Citati

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 ecu en France qu'une imaginative and prescient partielle et imprécise de cette determine majeure de l. a. 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 tremendous 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 l. a. 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 titanic 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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