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By Robert Coover

Previews, coming points of interest, horror, romance, secret, even intermissions--you identify the kind of motion picture and there's a fiction inside of this assortment to hide it--all written with the exuberance you've come to anticipate in Robert Coover's writing.

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Questa non è neppure la sua storia. Quanto alla parte pubblica, diciamo pure storica, del romanzo: sì, le scuole terrificanti, il corpo prussiano dei cadetti, esistevano davvero; il trattamento riservato al giovane Johannes e a un gran numero di altri come lui è solo una frazione dell’incubo umano: onnipresente, sempre rimesso in scena… E poi sì, ci fu uno scandalo familiare che sfociò in uno scandalo politico. Qualcuno morì ammazzato o si sparò. Se i miei preti e i miei burocrati, i miei militari imbecilli e i miei personaggi grotteschi non sono ricavati pari pari da incontri avvenuti nella mia infanzia, credo che non siano comunque molto lontani dalla realtà.

I vecchi si impuntarono; riuscirono a evitare il matrimonio, ma nulla più. Friedrich portò la donna a Berlino, e i genitori si decisero a regolarizzarne la posizione sistemandola come modista. Non sono convinta che Jeanne, come finimmo per chiamarla, fosse particolarmente versata per guarnire o vendere cappelli, ma era quella la soluzione normalmente adottata con le francesi di dubbia virtù. Friedrich continuò a vivere con i suoi. La carriera, però, subì una battuta d’arresto, e anche in età avanzata egli non cessò di ricoprire una carica subalterna e di tutto riposo in un tribunale di Berlino.

Prima curavo il giardino – costruito sulla desolazione di un tetto a terrazza utilizzando tegole, cordame, vasi di coccio e sacchi di terriccio e stabbio caprino –, guardavo il tramonto coi rondoni che di colpo coprivano il cielo bevendo il primo bicchiere di fresco rosso toscano, di notte andavo a spasso da sola, nel dedalo di piazzette e vicoli capitolini, inebriata da tanta bellezza e magnificenza, la mente brulicante di Fratelli e sorelle, Figlie e figli e le mordaci asperità del dialogato burnettiano; ora non più.

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