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A Symphony Of Blending Colours

A Symphony Of Blending Colours

5: The Westerpark in Autumn

31 October 2013 - Davide Enia

Dear Totò,
It’s been so long since you spoke to me about your time in Amsterdam. “It was in 1971,” you told me, lighting up yet another cigarette. “Italy was gripped by violence and Italians were discovering heroin; I was twenty, sick of my country and longing to see the world.”

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A Rain-Ruled City and the Ravages of Time

A Rain-Ruled City and the Ravages of Time

4: Visiting the University

23 October 2013 - Davide Enia

The fallen bicycle lies against the wall of the university, unable to move – a wounded beast so racked with pain that it cannot get up and resume its ride.

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Lamp-lit Eyes and Fearless Bicycles

Lamp-lit Eyes and Fearless Bicycles

3: The Enchantment of Amsterdam

16 October 2013 - Davide Enia

My brother’s laughing on the other end of the phone. He’s been living in Madrid for more than a year. “Try saying at least one full sentence that actually makes sense. Less enthusiasm, more concision,” he chides gently.

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Soul-determining Landscapes

Soul-determining Landscapes

2: The Amsterdam canals vs. the Monte Cuccio

11 October 2013 - Davide Enia

Or maybe, I don’t know, it’s the very absence of mountains; this unending horizon wherever you look. The physical geography of Amsterdam is so different from my own interior landscape. Do the spaces we inhabited as children determine the contours of our soul?

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The Cruelty of the Sea

The Cruelty of the Sea

1: Upon Arriving in Amsterdam

3 October 2013 - Davide Enia

I stroll along the canal under the scrutiny of Amsterdam’s thousand-eyed houses. News of the Lampedusa tragedy has just arrived. The number of bodies still being recovered on the high seas is extremely high; a pitiless figure that keeps on rising, never yielding a final tally.

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Davide Enia

David Enia (b. Palermo, 1974) presently lives and works as writer in residence in Amsterdam, on invitation by the Amsterdam Fund for the Art and the Dutch Foundation for Literature. Enia is an actor and one of todays most important Italian playwrights. His plays were brought on stage internationally and have been awarded with various prizes. Così in terra (On Earth as it is in Heaven), written originally in Palermian dialect, was Enia’s debut in novel writing.