MI CHIEDI PERCHÈ MAI E QUANDO

GIORGIO BASSANI

Mi chiedi perché mai e quando

ti rispondo che è stato così

accorgermi semplicemente in un tardo pomeriggio qualsiasi

poniamo – giacché non è nemmeno detto – d’ottobre

del modo come la luce del sole colpiva il roseo

impervio fianco sud-ovest di palazzo

Sacchetti

– colpiva e al tempo stesso bagnava la luce non so se mi

segui…-

accorgermi delle foglioline nere e aguzze del rampicante – l’aria era mossa

capisci? – percorse a tratti

su su per il tramite di oscuri rameggi da una specie di reiterata scarica elettrica la quale contemporaneamente

fosse infusa chissa come d’autentico e liquido

oro

e aver voglia di schianto dopo anni infiniti

di ridere e insieme del suo perfetto

contrario

YOU ASK ME WHY AND WHEN

GIORGIO BASSANI

You ask me why and when

I answer it happened  just like that

noticing quite simply late one afternoon any

let’s say – since it is not even for sure – in October

how the light hit the reddish

impenetrable south-east side of Palazzo

Sacchetti

– hit and at the same time showered the light I wonder if you

understand …-

noticing there were tiny sharp black leaves on the vine –

the air was stirred

see? – darted at times

upwards along dark boughs driven by a sort of

iterative electric discharge which contemporaneously was

as if infused by an authentic and liquid

gold

and wanting all of a sudden after endless years

to laugh and also the exact

opposite

Translation by ©Matilda Colarossi

Giorgio Bassani was born in Bologna on March 4, 1916, into an upper middle-class Jewish family that had lived in Ferrara for many generations. He was a novelist, poet, essayist, editor, and international intellectual. He is most famous for his book Il giardino dei Finzi Contini [Garden of the Finzi Contini]. The poem is taken from the collection Epitaffio, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 1974 (pp 38)

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