Storia del mondo dalle origini ai giorni nostri

In Storiette, 1978

Luigi Malerba

Andate tutti lontano che il mondo incomincia a scoppiare. Tutti si trovarono un posticino ben riparato e il mondo fu sconvolto da una grande esplosione dove si formarono le stelle come il sole e i pianeti come la terra.

Da principio l’uomo viveva nell’acqua, aveva le pinne e la coda come un merluzzo, era amico dei pesci. Poi uscì dall’acqua e si mise a strisciare sulla terra come un serpente. Poi imparò a stare in piedi e il serpente invidioso gli fece mangiare la mela e lo fece cacciare dal Paradiso Terrestre. L’uomo si offese e diventò suo nemico. Fece amicizia con la scimmia e

da lei imparò tante cose come arrampicarsi sugli alberi, mangiare le noci e mettersi i diti nel naso.

L’uomo, con il passare dei secoli imparò a leggere e a scrivere e a andare in bicicletta.

Scrisse molti libri di storia vera e di storia inventata, ma tutti volevano essere la storia del mondo dalle origini ai nostri giorni, cioè dalle origini alla fine. Dopo la bicicletta e i libri vennero l’automobile e l’aeroplano e la bomba. Il mondo diventò insopportabile e l’uomo si preparò a ridiventare un merluzzo. Tutti incominciarono a cercarsi un posticino ben riparato in vista della prossima esplosione.

History of the world from the beginnings to the present day

In Storiette, 1978

Luigi Malerba

Go far away, all of you, because the world is about to explode. Everyone found themselves a safe place and the world was shaken by a great explosion from which stars like the sun, and planets like the earth, were created.

In the beginning man lived in the water like a cod with fins and a tail, and he was a friend to the fishes. Then he left the water and started slithering on the earth like a snake. Then he learned to stand, and the envious snake made him eat the apple, and he was thrown out of the Earthly Paradise. Man was offended and became its enemy. He made friends with the monkey and learned a lot from it, like climbing trees, eating nuts, and picking his nose.

With the passing of the centuries, man learned to read, and to write, and to ride a bike.

He wrote many history books, some real and some invented, but every one of them wished to be the history of the world from the beginnings to the present day, that is, from the beginning to the end. After the bicycle and the books came the car, and the plane, and the bomb. The world became unbearable, and man got ready to become a cod again. Everyone started looking for a safe place to hide as they waited for the next explosion.

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

Luigi Malerba (aka Luigi Bonardi), was an Italian author who wrote short stories, historical novels, and screenplays. He was one of the most important representatives of the Neoavanguardia literary movement.
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