Fondazione Cesare Pavese, Santo Stefano Belbo

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  • Interesting tour that immerses you directly in the life of the famous writer, making you appreciate its history, works, personality. All very well organized, very good driving, managed well the Foundation. A fundamental stage for the right cultural combination with the classic food and wine.
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  • Nice restored church, now an exhibition and conference location in the ancient heart of Santo Stefano Belbo.  more »
  • Deja vu,'
  • Since 2000, the 50th anniversary of his death, it was my custom to visit every year the museum dedicated to him (now Foundation). I am from Turin but of Monferrine origin, a great fan of Pavese's works. Two years ago I visited the museum without a guide, where in almost 20 years I found a copy of his works, his writings, traces of his artistic and private life, and many photographs dedicated to him and the places and people he frequented. All by myself, as happens in all Italian museums and without a guide that repeats to me things that I already knew perfectly well. This morning I came back and I could not find the museum anymore, but only Pavesian itineraries with guide. I wanted to visit the Foundation, believing it still museum. First surprise: you can not make individual visits but only with the guide. I made the visit with the guide, and here the second surprise : all copies of his writings, his letters, including the one addressed to his sister during the journey escorted by the carabinieri to the confinement to Brancaleone Calabro, had disappeared. Only a few personal items (glasses, pipes, pen), an almost manic exposure here and there of his farewell phrase before suicide. Only copies of the novels he translated from English into Italian for the publishing house Einaudi. The guide, while prepared, did not deepen the relationship of deep friendship that bound him to Giulio Einaudi and other writers such as Ginzburg. A very superficial video has been shown on his professional biography, with an interview with an elderly Fernanda Pivano with unintelligible words. All documents are in pavese's birthplace, where you can only go with guided tour at a cost of 8 euros. On the other hand, I visited the adjacent church, which has nothing to do with the writer, except for the fact that he was baptized there, and of which I did not care anything. I mean, everything's been revolutionized, and I don't like it at all. I recommend to the Foundation to take a trip to Gardone Riviera, where you can visit the villa and the park where Gabriele D'Annunzio lived, unfortunately with a guide but to preserve the huge amount of priceless objects contained in it by any theft. This evocative place is worthy of representing the life and works of that great man. The only interesting thing in Santo Stefano Belbo was the visit to the tomb of Pavese, located at the entrance of the village cemetery, very well cared for, with that beautiful phrase on the tombstone "I gave poetry to men" I will never go to the Foundation again, if I want to re-immerse myself in the world of Pavese I will do so by reading his books and the beautiful and complete biographies that I already own. This is not culture, but only literary food and wine itineraries. And all not just for a spirit of innovation (failed) but also to justify the salaries paid to several people there employed I read today the answer to my review by the owner of the Cesare Pavese Foundation. My review started an exchange of ideas, I did not know the projects in gestation that concern the Foundation. I will be happy to think again about how kindly the owner has pointed out to me, and I will be happy to see for myself how much I have been represented. Good luck with your work.
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