The greatest mystery of the cosmos is life, so much so that it is difficult to define it: it conserves information, it knows how to reproduce itself, it knows how to “communicate” orders and instructions through genetic codes and biochemical processes. To guide us in the secrets of a cell is the biochemist Paul Nurse, Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2001: with this look at life opens the new issue of «La Lettura», # 485, on Saturday 13 March 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 14 at newsstands with the “Corriere della Sera”.
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Returning to the new issue, in the interview with Telmo Pievani, Paul Nurse (his What is life?, Mondadori) examines the elements that define life, all of it. So much so that the information contained in human cells, as shown by a historic experiment, is also able to “speak” to those of yeasts: living beings are connected. Evolution and biological footprints also enter the discussion among contemporary sociologists: Carlo Bordoni writes about it.
Another fascinating definition is that of “individual”, investigated in the literature with the vast possibilities of fiction. A famous novel that shows some of those possibilities returns to the bookstore on March 18, Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein (Marsilio) with edited and translated by Alessandra Sarchi. In the preface anticipated by «la Lettura», Sarchi illustrates the game of mirrors in the book, in which Stein gives voice to his cohabitant Toklas, actually creating a third-person automitology. And it The anomaly (The ship of Theseus), with which he won the 2020 Goncourts, the Frenchman Hervé Le Tellier imagines that the passengers of an airplane flight “split” during a turbulence: the writer talks about the individual, double and reality in Stefano’s interview Montefiori. Other mutations: the American Rumaan Alam, author of de The world behind you (The ship of Theseus), proposes in a story the metamorphosis of a girl into an animal, a fox, to escape human troubles.
Many writers in the issue: Teresa Ciabatti, who writes about the book by Elisa Ruotolo (That place forbidden to me, Feltrinelli), Vanni Santoni reflecting on the title of Lukas Bärfuss (Hagard, L’Orma), and Emanuele Trevi with a portrait of Nino Manfredi on the centenary of his birth.
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