Do you know Andrea Parodi?
Last week I met a delegation of Italian entrepreneurs. They were visiting Asia, and the first stop of their journey was Hong Kong. I described the Asian world of business, and maybe my speech was so passionate that, after several questions about the main topic of the meeting, one of the guests asked me: “But you, Ingegnere, don’t you feel nostalgia sometimes?” As if they were afraid that I was a kind of robot with a strange Sardinian accent, forgotten in a foreign country of skyscrapers.
Nostalgia? I bitterly thought, I could write dozens and dozens of books about nostalgia, each one different, painful, sharp and sometimes desperate. I’m an expert of nostalgia, a real consumer, and an addicted person. Nostalgia is my soundtrack, my taste, and often my torment.
As soon I was alone again after the meeting, I ran to listen to Non potho reposare by Andrea Parodi, because if there is an expression, a physical manifestation of nostalgia, you see, that’s just this song.
Now I prefer not to speak about Andrea Parodi—he died leaving a terrible vacuum. If you like his voice you can retrace him in Youtube and Vikipedia. He was great, unique.
And I don’t want to speak about Non potho reposare, which is like a haunting wound. You can hear this song looking at the video attached down below. I prepared this collection of imagines, just to die of loneliness. Asia is fantastic indeed and I love Asia. Hong Kong is catching, wonderful and special. But Sardinia is home, be patient with me.
Yes, you have to join us: the screening of the film Cenere on 2 April 2014 will be the right occasion to understand Sardinia better, and why living abroad is so heartbreaking. Then we can discuss history, art and literature.
CENERE – 2nd April 2014, 6.30 pm – Visual Art Centre, Lecture Theatre, Hong Kong Park, 7a Kennedy Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong –