Erri de Luca – Vinaigrette, rainbow

Like a seed

Sometimes a life contains many other lives. In this novel, De Luca uses four lives and a house to tell just one. The characters are: a murderer, whose existence is filled with death and anger; a missionary, who lives his vocation between temptations and the path toward his faith; a wanderer, who wants to preserve his dignity no matters what and an ill man, who lives through his friends’ emotions.
Existences which can’t be stopped until their path is ended: “there’re no inns in the sea”. Main characters are men who narrates themselves, at the end of the journey, in a house, that welcomes them and where walls, through their own stories, seems to taste all their disappointments and joys.
Different lives which, in the end, have docked after a long crossing.
In this novel Erri De Luca is fully present: he’s the poet who’s able to create, in just one sentence the emotions we all felt, and that we never able to highlight with a single and precise thought. He is the worker who well  knows how much live there is in muscles’ work , and in the solidarity between men hit by the same fatigues. He is the writer who tells lightly and with disillusionment the existence’s beautifulness and the ugliness. Finally, he’ s a traveler and a culture eager man to discover and to narrate.
“Vinaigrette and rainbow”, is the proof of how each life touches other lives, blending them without being corrupted that much. Like a seed, which is gathered somewhere, and it is spread in remote places, aware of that this is something, which has been done before and which will be done in the future.
A book which lift us up because each one of us, in our own solitude, inevitably, end up again reading himself.

Translation by Francesca Pietroboni (edited by Davide Spagnoli)