Gli italiani

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 indignatoindignato:

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

 Pier Paolo Pasolini

.

Intelligence will never be important, never

in the judgement of our public opinion.

Not even on the blood of the lagers, ever

will the millions of souls in our nation,

express a straightforward opinion, a totally outraged one:

unreal is every idea, unreal every passion,

of this people by now dissociated

for centuries, whose subtle astuteness

is used for living, and has yet to be freed.

To show my face, my leanness–

to raise my sole puerile voice –

no longer makes sense: fearfulness

accustoms one to watch others die the most heinous

deaths, in the most bizarre indifference.

I die, and for me this too is dangerous.

.

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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