Gli italiani

Di Pier Paolo Pasolini

L’intelligenza non avrà mai peso, mai

nel giudizio di questa pubblica opinione.

Neppure sul sangue dei lager, tu otterrai

da uno dei milioni d’anime della nostra nazione,

un giudizio netto, interamente indignato:

irreale è ogni idea, irreale ogni passione,

di questo popolo ormai dissociato

da secoli, la cui soave saggezza

gli serve a vivere, non l’ha mai liberato.

Mostrare la mia faccia, la mia magrezza –

alzare la mia sola puerile voce –

non ha più senso: la viltà avvezza

a vedere morire nel modo più atroce

gli altri, nella più strana indifferenza.

Io muoio, ed anche questo mi nuoce.

Italians

By Pier Paolo Pasolini

Intelligence will never carry weight, never

in the eyes of this public opinion.

Not even on the blood of the lagers, will you

hear, from any of the millions of souls in this nation,

a precise judgement, completely outraged:

unreal is every idea, unreal every passion,

of this people, detached for centuries

by now, whose suave sagacity

is used to survive, and is yet to be freed.

To show my face, my slimness –

to raise my single puerile voice –

makes no sense now: cowardice accustoms

us to the sight of the most ghastly

deaths, in the most uncanny indifference.

I die, and this too hurts me.

Translation by ©Matilda Colarossi

Pier Paolo Pasolini was an Italian poet, journalist, philosopher, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, newspaper and magazine columnist, actor, painter and political figure. He was a highly controversial figure whose work remains controversial to this day.

Gli Italiani  is from “La Guinea”, Poesia in forma di rosa, in “Bestemmia”, volume one, Garzanti, Milano 1993

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