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Q: Your favourite books?
The books I feel closest to are all quite different, but together they take on a certain coherence, as they are linked to special moments in my life.
Nabokov, The Master and Margarita.
Buzzati, Sixty Stories.
Jean Genet, The Thief’s Journal.
Deleuze, The Logic of Sense.
Q: what was the first ever book you read and loved?
Buzzati, The Tartar Steppe.
Coming from the same areas as Buzzati, Belluno and Cadore, I recognise a lot of my homeland. Long silences, solitude and the open spaces of a beautiful mountain landscape that can also be inhospitable.
Q: are there any books that are in some way inspiring you?
At the moment I am fixated with the surrealist collages of Max Ernst, A Week of Kindness. Published by Adelphi. The scandalous and very improper gossip about old Hollywood by Kenneth Anger, Hollywood Babilonia Vol. I and II.
The contemporary industrial esotericism of
Genesis P-Orridge, Psychick Bible.
Q: are you in favour of digital books or are you still linked to the traditional version?
I am still very fond of traditional books. The sensation that they convey through the grain of their paper, the smell of their printing and binding, at times they are works of art. But this by no means belies the fact that digital books are a central element of my work. The academic research that I carry out involves procedures that make them fundamental: from my desk I can access publications by researchers on the other side of the world and download digital editions of books that otherwise, for reasons of preservation, I could never even touch.