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Nature can always get rid of itself, re-establishing its equilibrium

“Nature is a great heritage that we alas trample, as if it didn’t belong us”, the thriller and noir novel writer Gianni Farinetti says

Gianni Farinetti was born in Bra in 1953. He débuted with the novel Un delitto fatto in casa, awarded with the Grinzane Cavour prize. He first worked as a copywriter for ad, then as director and screenwriter for some documentaries and short films.

Among his books we cite Un delitto fatto in casa (1996), L’isola che brucia (1997, Selezione Bancarella award 1998) and Lampi nella nebbia (2001), published by Marsilio. Then, by Mondadori, In piena notte (2002) and the recent Prima di morire (2004) and Il segreto tra di noi (2008).



In your books there are plenty of references to countryside. In many cases they refer to a severe and wild land, the Alta Langa Piemontese landscape; a zone that you know very well. How much the choice of a background landscape influences your novels? It looks like they have a strong role, the same as the characters…
Yes, my novels show plenty of references to the countryside. The stories are universal but the settings are very important; they are not random.

Why did you decide to tell about crimes? Is it a passion for thrilling or is it a pretext to speak about less evident subjects, which are less charming for the lay reader without an intriguing plot?
The use of noire or thriller plots is a great opportunity for the novelist because of it is very funny to weave the story and it is a very popular genre. In my novels it is actually a way to speak about something else.

The fact that you was born in Bra, home of Slow Food, for sure influenced your sensitivity and your education, and in particular it is the origin of your closeness to the rural world and nature.
Yes it is. But it is also a matter of age. When you are young countryside is boring. When you are 20 years old you feel like doing something else. At a later age things change.

The sensation is that you have a strong link toward a word which is losing its nature. Is it true?
Yes, it is. It is for instance the case of Langhe. There is a geographical distinction between upper and lower Langhe. The lower Laghe is near Alba; in that area there was an incredible tourism in the last twenty years, but the land now lost its nature. Avoiding polemics, hills are now without woods. This is a fact. The landscape was “tuscanized”. The upper Langhe on the contrary preserved its severe and wild land, with hoods and with its true nature. By saying this I’m not saying that I don’t accept the human action on nature…

But the human action should not be invasive…
That’s it.

Countryside should keep its identity…
Yes, but at the end nature always get rid of itself, it re-establishes everything. And this is not a bad thing…

by Luigi Caricato
07 june 2010, Food Notes > Miscellanea

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