Between truth and fantasy in search of the Buzzati manuscript

Vaia, a storm of extreme destructive force, incognito and mutant in a thunderous hurricane, crosses the border between Friuli and Veneto in the autumn of 2018.

At Passo Pura, above the Sauris dam, the wind knocks down centuries-old trees as if they were mowed down by a bowling strike.

The force of nature and the mysteries preserved within a manuscript, the unfathomable of the human soul and the multifaceted creative talents of Dino Buzzati are some of the key elements on which the plot of “The Dark Heart of Miracles” by Alessandro Mezzena unfolds. Lona, released in bookstores on November 9 for the Ronzani publisher.

A novel in which the author, with a boldly controlled double somersault as a thoroughbred intellectual, creates a skilful alchemy of fantasy that contaminates and becomes fictionalized reality, and of real facts that seem the fruit of fantasy.

A narration that keeps the reader in suspense like a spy story strewn with details of the intimate sphere of the character Blaise Panafieu, a French editor of fantasy certainly not a la Le Carrè, but capable of a discreet charm, perhaps shy, but sure in the steps towards the search for the Buzzati manuscript that her niece Valentina Morassutti, who has entered history from reality, found in the Villa Buzzati in San Pellegrino on the outskirts of Belluno, now a B&B.

Blaise arrives at the villa, sent by his uncle Yves, author in 1973 of “Dino Buzzati a self-portrait”, a sacred text containing stories and secrets about the author of the “Desert of the Tartars”.

The search for the manuscript, together with the attempt to understand the enigma of one of the most versatile and fascinating authors of the last century, journalist, painter, lover of popular stories and religion steeped in superstition that he left as a legacy, almost a literary testament, ‘work of words and images “The miracles of Val Morel”, finished a few months before his death in 1972.

Nature, like real or plausible human characters, is the protagonist of the pages of this book that is difficult to insert into a literary typicality.

The first lines of the opening page are dedicated to the Liriodendron Tulipifera, a giant with a slow narration, sentinel of the seventeenth-century villa Buzzati.

The author dedicates the chiseled care of his writing to the description of centuries-old woods cut down like twigs from avalanches, wind and rain, while the earth is raised by the fury of the elements and the creatures of the woods flee their habitat towards the illuminated inhabited centers in the ice-glow darkness, under psychedelic skies.

Essential and real pages that also recall the Vajont tragedy. The supernatural is revealed under the guise of tales in the story: devils and ghosts, wayfarers, witches and arcane presences, brotherhoods, men and women capable of living in the present and in the future, victims of inexplicable deaths or wickedness.

In the search for the mysterious manuscript Blaise is accompanied by the ambiguous, sexy and fascinating female character of Laide, capable of assuming different identities without ever getting lost, an independent and pragmatic contemporary woman, while among the 327 pages of the novel appear from the past here and the flirtation of the protagonist .

A book that combines the facts of reality chosen by the author, a time reporter, responsible for the cultural pages of the Piccolo di Trieste and his creative imagination for 16 years.

A complex narrative formula: “Too many ingredients, all very tasty, make up the story board of the stay in Belluno”, so the author says to Blaise, seized by vertigo in enumerating them. To the aid of the reader the original final note.

Between truth and fantasy in search of the Buzzati manuscript