Edition: 2021
Pages: 256
Series: IR/L
ISBN: 9788858145081

Mario Rigoni Stern. A Portrait

Giuseppe Mendicino



The sergeant leading his men across the Russian steppe towards home. The eternal explorer of the magnificent Altopiano dei Sette Comuni, where the wonders of nature coexist with the traces of the destructive work of men at war. The great storyteller who was able to restore literary dignity to the lives of humble people forgotten by history. All this was Mario Rigoni Stern.

Mario Rigoni Stern was one of the greatest storytellers of the 20th century. His voice gave space to themes and issues that were missing from the Italian literary tradition: the natural world, mountains and war stories. A unique combination that stems from a life marked by a long series of dramatic events: his youth spent on three different war fronts, the terrible experience of the retreat at the Don, lengthy imprisonment in German concentration camps. When he returns home to his beloved highlands, he can finally devote himself to the passion he had always been forced to set aside: writing. This produced memorable books such as Il sergente nella neve, Il bosco degli urogalli, and Storia di Tönle, which established him as a literary great. Today, one hundred years after his birth, this book traces his life and works, incorporating photographs and images found in the archives and never published before. It is also intended as an invitation to visit the places mentioned in the stories of Rigoni Stern, who hoped that readers would follow in his footsteps, discovering the emotions he felt along the way.

The author

Giuseppe Mendicino

Giuseppe Mendicino is considered the leading expert on the writer Mario Rigoni Stern. He wrote the entry Mario Rigoni Stern in theDizionario Biografico degli Italiani (Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani) and is the author of Mario Rigoni Stern. Il coraggio di dire no (Einaudi 2013), Mario Rigoni Stern. Vita, guerre, libri (Priuli & Verlucca 2016), Portfolio alpino (Priuli & Verlucca 2018) and Nuto Revelli. Vita, guerre, libri (Priuli & Verlucca 2019). He is an academic associate of GISM (the Italian mountain writers group) and writes for the magazines Doppiozero and Meridiani Montagne.

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