[Milton-L] "Yet with a pleasing sorcery could charm Pain"

Dario Rivarossa dario.rivarossa at gmail.com
Wed Oct 22 14:06:05 EDT 2014

Hi Enna, glad to hear from you back!
Well, it would be quite 'bold' to assert that Buzzati was against
culture and good behavior, though he shocked philistinism in both
fields by painting while "not being supposed" to, and by describing
scandalous sex stories (not in this early Old Wood novel) already in
the Fifties. But surely a, say, "Tassean" melancholy -- rich in
imagination -- was among the main features of his personality, not
without temptations towards suicide (both T. and B.).
His characters may remind us of the gloomiest personages in Tolkien's
narrative, but with the difference that no Great Enterprise is to be
accomplished. In one of his short stories, Buzzati dealt with the
killing of a dragon, set nowadays, but it was a very sad event,
completely unlike the standard fantasy plot.



Long ago I read "A Tartan Steppe"  an some short stories by Dino Buzzati .It
all seemed to me like an accusation to what is positive in life  (culture,
good behavior, etc.) as "it all seems to no final purpose except death""as
you already said.
Could both types of melancholy in a way be compared to the Renaissance
conception of melancholy  which dates back to Galen and Aristotle; in the
Galen tradition melancholy was considered inimical to life; Aristotelian
physiology associated melancholy with heightened imaginative and
intellectual powers?  Just an idea.
Best regards,
Enna Martina

il Tassista / the Tasso Driver

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