Il paese senza errori

Gianni Rodari

C’era una volta un uomo che andava per terra e per mare
in cerca del Paese Senza Errori.
Cammina e cammina, non faceva che camminare,
paesi ne vedeva di tutti i colori,
di lunghi, di larghi, di freddi, di caldi,
di così così:
e se trovava un errore là ne trovava due qui.
Scoperto l’errore, ripigliava il fagotto
e ripartiva in quattro e quattr’otto.

C’erano paesi senza acqua,
paesi senza vino,
paesi senza paesi, perfino,
ma il Paese Senza Errori dove stava, dove stava?
Voi direte: Era un brav’uomo. Uno che cercava
una bella cosa. Scusate, però,
non era meglio se si fermava
in un posto qualunque,
e di tutti quegli errori
ne correggeva un po’?

.

The country without errors

Gianni Rodari

Once upon a time a man travelled the land and the seas
in search of a Land Without Errors.
He walked and he walked, treading the leas,
visiting countries of different colours,
some long, some wide, some cold, some hot,
some so and so:
if he saw an error here, there he saw more.
Finding the error he’d take up his satchel,
off he would go, quick, on the double.

There were countries without water,
countries without wine,
countries without countries he did find,
but a Country Without Errors where did it lie?
You may say: He was a fine man. He did try
to seek good. Please excuse me, do,
but wouldn’t he have done better
to settle in one place,
and of all those errors
to fix a few?

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Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

Gianni Rodari was an Italian writer and journalist. He was famous for his children’s books, poems and rhymes. For his contribution to children’s literature he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal.

From “Il Libro degli errori”, Edizioni Einaudi, 1964.
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