Tahar Djaout – The Last Summer of Reason


Prophetic and desperate
The Last Summer of Reason is an untitled manuscript found among the author’s papers after his death: the story of a bookseller who doesn’t want to surrender to a religion that yearns to kill reason. In order to affirm its beliefs, in fact, Islamic fundamentalism immediately attacked every culture, thought or word not aligned to what it considers the only Great Book. This ex-tremism, representative of all religious fanaticism, according to the author, imprisons one’s soul, rather than setting it free, as it should, in the name of a god shaped by human meanness.
A lucid and poetic reflection on religious fundamentalism which, along with nationalism and racism, plays for the primacy of the most infected and irrational sores of humanity. With this spiritual testament, published after his assassination on June 2nd ,1993, Tahar Djaout – Alge-rian poet, journalist and writer – will be remembered as a martyr of the too many religious wars.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Sabrina Macchi)

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Giorgio Olivari
Giorgio Olivari was born in Brescia in the last century. He has been a professional in the field of industrial design for more than thirty years. After the first forty years as a reader he discovered writing by chance: a life’s joke. His forever partner enrolls him in a creative writing course: maybe for fun, more likely to get rid of him. A spark that, once lit, does not go out but becomes a narrative, stories, thoughts; some of which published by BESA in “Pretesti Sensibili - Sensitive Excuses” (2008). His first collection of short stories, “Futili Emotivi- Futile Emotions”, was published by Carta & Penna Editore in 2010. His passion for literature led him to “infect” other readers by coordinating reading groups: “Arcobaleno” in Paderno Franciacorta, “Chiare Lettere” in Nave. He actively collaborates with the literary magazine Inkroci with reviews and stories.