Ten years have passed since, on 11 March 2011, a triple disaster struck Japan: an earthquake, a tsunami and the consequent serious damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plant; the ground was contaminated, the area had to be evacuated. The official death toll for that day was 19,575.
Today, in full Covid emergency, the memory of that event is intertwined with reflections on the current pandemic. In the new issue of “la Lettura”, # 483, on Saturday 27 February in preview in the App (downloadable from the App Store and Google Play or to which you can subscribe from here) and in the web browser, and from Sunday 28 on newsstands, Fukushima is one of the themes on which many writers reflect.
In addition to the new issue of the supplement, the App of “la Lettura”, distinct from that of the “Corriere” (in which the cultural insert is already available from Saturday), offers the Theme of the Day every morning: an in-depth study, an interview, an anticipation, also through multimedia contents. The one on Thursday 4 March, signed by Helmut Failoni, tells the story of the many great names in the world of jazz (from Enrico Rava to Carla Bley) still active at the age of 80 and over. And in the insert on newsstands and in the App itself, Failoni interviews the pianist and composer Franco D’Andrea, who will turn 80 on 8 March.
It is also available in the «Themes» section Vincenzo Trione’s text on the “Luddites” of art: artists such as Banksy, Andres Serrano, Martin Kippenberger, Jan Fabre and American Artist (voice that emerged in the pandemic to which an article by Trione himself is dedicated in the supplement): postmodern immoralists who express a need for rebellion, for anti-respectability. There is no anxiety or disquiet in them, but media skills and sarcasm. Together with the reasons for the iconoclasm of each era: man’s innate need to destroy the images he himself invented.
Among other digital focuses too the one curated by Severino Colombo which offers a preview of the works of nine Italian authors selected from over three thousand participants from all over the world at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition (in the supplement, the interview with the author and illustrator Beatrice Alemagna, for first time in the jury); then Stefania Ulivi’s path in Gary Cooper’s film career through five films. On the occasion of the double anniversary of birth and death (1901-1961), the visual date of Giulia De Amicis is also dedicated to the American actor in the supplement on newsstands, in the App and on desktop, with an article by director Davide Ferrario. And yet a journey by Paolo Di Stefano through the literary islands: Utopia, Zakynthos, Kythera, the islands of Gulliver and Robinson Crusoe and many others … Between lost paradises and places of alienation. While in the insert # 483 Emilia Costantini interviews Rosario Cappuccio, writer and director, who anticipates some theatrical themes linked to Procida, in 2022 the Italian capital of culture. And then, again among the extra Themes, the incipit of the new Pulitzer Prize winning novel Viet Thanh Nguyen (1971), The militant (from 4 March for Neri Pozza in the translation by Luca Briasco). The writer, who in 1975 fled as a child from Vietnam and arrived in the United States, is also told in the interview with Livia Manera in the supplement on newsstands, in the App and from the desktop.
All the contents of the App can also be reached by subscribers from the desktop, starting from the page abbonamenti.time.news. As well as from the App and on the PC, the archive of all the releases from 2011 to today can be consulted for subscribers: about 25 thousand articles that can be explored with an advanced search engine by date, theme, author and specific categories of content (visual data, graphic novels, artist covers, charts).
Returning to the new issue, Japanese bestselling author Taguchi Randy (among her books Electric socket, Fazi) tells of the rebirth of hope of the people of Fukushima and the commitment of science: even a type of soil has been discovered that harnesses radioactive substances; in the meantime, however, the writer criticizes the delays in today’s vaccination campaign and the old social system. Writer Furukawa Hideo, author of Beam (Sellerio), was born in the affected area, and in the interview with Marco Del Corona recalls the terror of those days and the economic difficulties of his parents, who were farmers. The writer Kawamura Genki (Don’t forget the flowers, Einaudi), who in the interview with Annachiara Sacchi recalls the panic in Fukushima, but also the devastation of the Kobe earthquake in 1995, with thousands of deaths, to which he dedicated the central scene of the new book.
Who saw Fukushima just a year after the disaster, sent by «la Lettura», is Paolo Giordano: one of his broad contributions, on the new issue, evokes the profound impression of that time, which today remains unchanged. On the contrary, she becomes more worried: the plant was considered safety, the factors that triggered the disaster had a high degree of improbability. “And instead,” repeats Giordano, the disaster has happened. And thinking about our days, he reflects on the warning given to us by science: the “extreme” is becoming more frequent.
Other writers, across the ocean: l’americana Kristin Hannah (The winds of sand, Mondadori), illustrates in Marco Bruna’s interview the themes of his book, which recalls the exodus of farmers during the Great Depression of which John Steinbeck wrote. And the Irishman John Banville, who on March 12 “will receive” the Raymond Chandler Award at Noir in Festival online, tells why and in what way he made his extraordinary protagonist of Chandler, the “tough” detective Philip Marlowe, of whom he continued the saga (The black-eyed blonde, Guanda). There is also our Dante: Carlo Rovelli writes about it, explaining why Dante’s cosmos anticipates Einstein’s relativity.
Speaking of heroes, there are many in Albert Camus’ novel The fish, which today makes us reflect on the sense of solidarity and community in times of pandemic: the Turin Book Fair offers high schools a special edition (with Bompiani) with the new preface by Alessandro Piperno that “la Lettura” publishes in full . Piperno will also talk about it online, on 2 March (6.45 pm), on the SalTo + platform and on the Facebook page of the «Corriere».
February 26, 2021 (change March 3, 2021 | 20:55)