Dictionnaire amoureux de Venise by Philippe Sollers

By Philippe Sollers

Jamais ville n'a suscité autant d'attrait et de curiosité que Venise. Il fallait tout le expertise de Philippe Sollers pour nous enchanter une fois encore.

" Venise est une grande aventure historique. Elle peut être aussi une ardour individuelle. C'est le cas ici. Dans ce titre : Dictionnaire amoureux de Venise, je souligne le mot amoureux. Il ne s'agit évidemment pas d'un "guide" (il y en a d'excellents), mais d'une expérience personnelle liée à ma vie d'écrivain. Je suis arrivé là très jeune, j'ai passé chaque année, printemps et automne, beaucoup de temps à marcher, naviguer, regarder, respirer, dormir et m'émerveiller. Venise, voilà son mystery, est un amplificateur. Si vous êtes heureux, vous le serez dix fois plus, malheureux, cent fois davantage. Tout dépend de votre disposition intérieure et de votre rapport à l'amour. L'amour ? Oui, et dans tous les sens : anges et libertinage, structure, peinture, musique, roman, poésie, mais aussi air, pierre, eau, étoiles. Nature et tradition enfin à égalité. Venise n'est pas un musée, mais une création constante. Si vous échappez aux clichés, au tourisme, aux bavardages ; si vous avez réussi à être vraiment clandestin ici, alors vous savez ce que le mot paradis veut dire. Le monde se précipite vers le chaos, l. a. violence, l. a. terreur, l. a. pornographie, le calcul aveugle, los angeles marchandisation à tout va ? Mais non, voyez, écoutez, lisez : voici le lieu magique et futur dont tous les artistes et les esprits libres témoignent. "

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15 A significant portion of Roman Jews inhabited the old quarter of the former Jewish ghetto, were largely poor and working class, and had retained a high level of religious observance and social isolation. The contrast between the Roman Jews and other major Jewish centers can be illustrated by the divergent rates of intermarriage. 17 The Italian racial campaign, which effectively revoked the emancipation of Italian Jewry achieved during 1848–70, thus constituted a profound rupture in the modern history of Italy, interrupting a century-long pattern of growing social integration.

The ghetto was to be a theatre for the great drama of Christian redemption. In Rome the Jews were forced to attend weekly sermons meant to convert them to the true faith. Indeed it was a form of popular entertainment for the rabble to jeer and throw objects as they watched the Jews file off to church. The Jews were forced to participate in public foot races at carnival time, a practice ended only when the community agreed to pay a tribute of 300 scudi to the pope to be delivered each year in the capitol above the old Roman forum.

Much remained to be said and written about the redaction and application of the racial laws that were passed in 1938, about the relation between the Vatican and the Jews, and about the nature of the deportation of the Jews that took place nearing the end of World War II among other things. As the theme of Italian Jewry, particularly during Fascism, was first taken up, it was often discussed in relatively na¨ıve and simplistic terms. xml 20 CB837-Zimmerman 0 521 84101 1 June 29, 2006 Alexander Stille emphasize – following De Felice’s lead and without close analysis – the difference of the Italian case, in particular its difference from Nazi Germany.

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