Pape Satàn Aleppe: Cronache di una società liquida by Umberto Eco

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By Umberto Eco

Crisi delle ideologie, crisi dei partiti, individualismo sfrenato… Questo è l’ambiente – ben noto – in cui ci muoviamo: una società liquida, dove non sempre è facile trovare una stella polare (anche se è facile trovare tante stelle e stellette). Di questa società troviamo qui i volti più familiari: le maschere della politica, le ossessioni mediatiche di visibilità che tutti (o quasi) sembriamo condividere, l. a. vita simbiotica coi nostri telefonini, los angeles mala educazione. E naturalmente molto altro, che Umberto Eco ha raccontato regolarmente nelle sue Bustine di Minerva. È una società, los angeles società liquida, in cui il non senso sembra talora prendere il sopravvento sulla razionalità, con irripetibili effetti comici certo, ma con conseguenze non propriamente rassicuranti. Confusione, sconnessione, profluvi di parole, spesso troppo tangenti ai luoghi comuni. “Pape Satàn, pape Satàn aleppe”, diceva Dante nell’Inferno (VII, 1), tra meraviglia, dolore, ira, minaccia, e forse ironia.

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Friday will be fine. By then we will have taken care of all the necessary details. " In three days, Richard and I will be parted forever. Or until I join him. * * * THURSDAY MORNING, DIANE was busily preparing the final details of the funeral, verifying the long list of invitees and the pallbearers, when the telephone call came. "Mrs. " "This is Ron Jones. " Diane was puzzled. " "Yes. " CHAPTER 6 Paris, France KELLY HARRIS WAS a roman candle that had exploded into the world of fashion. She was in her late twenties, an African-American with skin the color of melted honey and a face that was a photographer's dream.

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