Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (2014, Europa Editions, Incorporated)

400 pages

English language

Published Oct. 19, 2014 by Europa Editions, Incorporated.


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I understand the next book is not yet translated. I may have to learn Italian.

If we think of Naples as emotional chaos and Northern Italy as order, an attempt to reign in the impulsivity and instability, in this volume, we learn that the price of that stability is an emotional emptiness. Those who leave the chaos, leave life and get rationality in return. They give up dialect and speak Italian or the dead language, Latin, of ancient Rome. It seems a good trade at first. It's a step up, socially and financially, but the sex and violence you've escaped aren't really gone. They are just biding their time.

Lila stayed, Lenu left. At her most distant, she can no longer write. Creativity isn't part of the rational, dead life. Civilization now seems like only discontents. In her ongoing friendship/competition with Lila, she can't tell if she is a winner …

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