JULY 2015

Farewell to SEBASTIANO VASSALLI  (1941-2015), one of Italy's literary greats and an intellectual in the largest sense. It was an honor to have his words (vividly translated by GREGORY CONTI) grace our pages. We are particularly proud to have featured several chapters from Vassalli's "Amore Lontano" (Faraway Love), an eclectic work of literary appreciation and interpretation by someone who considered himself an "extremist of poetry." Vassalli, known primarily as a novelist, was nominated for a Nobel Prize in Literature in May 2015 and was to receive a Campiello Prize for lifetime achievement in September 2015.

...The key to mimic man's behavior lies not in any clash of opposed civilizations, but, on the contrary, in irresistible mimetic desire: the logic of fascination, emulation, and righteous self-assertion that binds the rivals inseparably...

-- Pankaj Mishra (Fall 2016)

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