How the Hell Did I End Up Here?

2007.Jan.26 Friday · 4 comments

in Life

Bust of Luigi Pirandello

 Whoever has the luck to be born a character can laugh even at death. Because a character will never die! A man will die, a writer, the instrument of creation: but what he has created will never die! ”

– Luigi Pirandello, Playwright, Poet, Author

Buenos Aires – I know little to nothing about Luigi Pirandello. I read a couple of quick bios – Wikipedia and others, to find out anything more about him than what’s on this bust in Parque 3 de Febrero in Palermo. He was a Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1934. He owned and ran a theater in Rome with the financial assistance and public support of Benito Mussolini. He was born in Caos, Italy, and for a time lived in Palermo, Italy, so maybe that’s how he ended up in this Palermo… he did tour Argentina with one of his plays once, in the 1920s. And there are busts of other authors scattered hither and thither in the park.

The expression on his face and his “body language” say it all for me.


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ksternberg January 26, 2007 at 09:53

No doubt he would have shown the same expression had he gone to the restaurant you wrote about in your last post.

dan January 26, 2007 at 11:15

His hand might have been a little lower, like over his mouth…

Saratica January 27, 2007 at 10:08

In acting class in college, we all wanted to do Pirandello – he had a way with words. A friend did The Man With The Flower In His Mouth and I’ve never forgotten it. Thank you for reminding me!

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