Places of the Fantastic – Critic’s corner

My marvellous colleague Dr Matthew Reza on Dino Buzzati’s Fantastic Fiction for Reading Italy!



Marvellous Mountains and Calamitous Cities: Personal Landscapes in Dino Buzzati’s Fantastic Fiction

by Matthew Reza (University of Oxford)

Much has been made of the lifelong love that Dino Buzzati held for mountains, and in particular for the Dolomites which rise above Belluno, the town in the Veneto where he was born in 1906.[1] Buzzati lived and worked for the most part in Milan, but frequently returned to his beloved Dolomites, and a distinct use of the mountain in contrast to the cityscape – and the echoes of technology and modernity that an urban environment might suggest – is evident throughout his both literary and artistic corpuses. Indeed, Buzzati’s fascination for mountains reaches back to childhood: a keen climber early on, he proudly proclaimed ‘[i]o sono diventato alpinista’[2] in a letter to his friend Arturo Brambilla when he was fourteen years old.

Many critics have noted the…

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