Friday 15th September
6:30 p.m.
Tempio Pausania - Piazza del Carmine
Meeting Giuseppe Pulina by Alessandro De Rosa

'Giacomo Giacomo' is Giuseppe Pulina's first novel published by maxottantotto edizioni.

The protagonist is of course Giacomo, an adolescent who feels he is called by life to make choices that are not easy. Life itself appears to Giacomo as a choice to be made, which, like all choices, can be deliberated or denied.

'Life is a made sentence', recites, not surprisingly, one of the characters in the novel. His name is Leo and, in some ways, he matches Giacomo. Leo lives by quotations and life itself is for him a series of quotations to recite. Together with Francis, the female presence of a truly singular trio of friends, Giacomo and Leo live their childhood. The tale gives substance to events that only Giacomo's ironic comedy manages to make less tragic. Examples are: the suicide of a 90-year-old man that could turn into a massacre, the dialogues on the non-existence of God with which they challenge an unfortunate religion teacher. And also the passion for musical genres little known to their peers and certain intellectual zingers that cannot fail to make the reader smile.
Giacomo is, however, a kind of ideal type, because he is the sum of many boys of his age who experience the harshness of adolescence, a phase of life that is both exciting and suffocating. Moreover, Giacomo almost seems to split or thin out in the face of life's pitfalls and his legs give way and bend. They go 'giacomo giacomo' and this makes him feel the name he bears as a threatening prospect, because he feels that in the names that others choose for us, in the end, there is never anything truly random.

Biografia Giuseppe Pulina is from Sassari, class of '63, lecturer in Philosophy at the 'Dettori' high school in Tempio Pausania and in Philosophical Anthropology at the ISSR in Sassari. Francesca Rigotti, Caterina Murino and Marco Lodola have collaborated with him. He edits the scientific journal of the Euromediterranean Institute, 'Mneme Ammentos'. He is the author of some fifteen philosophy essays published with various publishing houses (Giunti, Interlinea, Lalli, Rubbettino, Zona, Mediando, Diogene Multimedia). His books also include the first Dictionary of Philosophical Anthropology published in Italy.

Reference book: 'Giacomo Giacomo' by Giuseppe Paulina, Maxottantotto 2023