Alessandro Carrera – Good Mo(u)rning, Italy
Dear friends of Radio B39, my programme «Good Mo(u)rning, Italy» is back with a new episode, which will be broadcast soon. This time I’ll be in the company of a very welcome guest: I mean Alessandro Carrera, who is a highly-esteemed compatriot of mine and who, besides being director of Italian Studies at Houston University, is an accomplished author whose literary production covers all genres; indeed among his many books are, for instance, the successful novel «La vita meravigliosa dei laureati in lettere» and a non fiction volume about Bob Dylan, which have been respectively issued, in the recent past, by Sellerio and Feltrinelli, two of the most distinguished Italian publishers. But we mustn’t forget that Carrera, widely known also for his fine poems and short stories, is both a translator from English who has worked for Mondadori and a philosopher who has of late sent to press «Il corpo tra volontà e rappresentazione», namely a treatise concerning the birth and development of the modern concept of the human body.
Well, I think it has become clear enough, by now, that a writer of such skilful versatility really deserves –beyond any doubt and any thirty-nine– to be interviewed: and this is exactly what I will do on 10th December at seven o’clock a.m. (Hong Kong Time, of course!).
The work below is from the poetry collection «L’amore del secolo» (Book Editore)
But he enjoyed that hypnagogic running
by Long Island trains, whenever the lights
went off and only the phosphorescent instructions
for emergency cases could be seen
as if inside the tunnel of a new kind of love
or as if at those moments time would stop
and he weren’t really living
but just stealing some time from life
like an inveterate smoker, who well knows
he’s bound to give back what he has taken.
(Translated from Italian by Pietro Pàncamo)