This autobiographical short story accompanies us throughout half a century of a devouring passion, born by buying a small bamboo fishing pole in a stationary store. It takes the protagonist to the final line of fly fishing, the only technique with a culture and tradition, even literary, that dates back centuries. A personal and spiritual evolution is described with a transporting intensity, but always with politeness and irony, giving the reader unthought of images, absolute ethical questions, extraordinary narrative pictures. Moreover, it opens up a lost horizon: that even today life among nature might be possible after all.
Raul Montanari was born in 1959 in Bergamo; he lives and works in Milan, where he has been holding creative writing courses since ’99. His most famous works are his novels, La perfezione (Feltrinelli, 1994; Baldini & Castoldi, 2019), Il regno degli amici (Einaudi, 2015) e, sempre per Baldini & Castoldi, Che cosa hai fatto, Chiudi gli occhi, La prima notte, Strane cose domani (Premio Strega Giovani, 2010), La vita finora (2018), Il vizio della solitudine (2021). With Aldo Nove and Tiziano Scarpa he has written Nelle galassie oggi come oggi (Einaudi, 2001), unusual poetry bestseller. He has published the essay l Cristo zen (Indiana, 2011; Baldini & Castoldi, 2022), among plays, screenplays, translations of classical and modern authors.