At the very beginning of the book “La luna e i falò” (Cesare Pavese’s book “The Moon and the Bonfires”) the narrator is searching for his home town to understand what he was before his birth: a hill, a valley, a wood or a house with balconies.
I always knew it: I was the olive-trees’ terraces rising from Diano Castello to Calderina Arentino. Grandfather Bensa bought there in the twenties a pink country house.
To reach the house you needed 20 minutes on a mule track. Every single time I was dazed by the gentle climb into those ashen – silver clouds and by the cicadas’ soundtrack.
I was overwhelmed by a feeling of fullness and inexpressible gratitude that I was not able to direct. It seemed like a young god was showing himself in spring in the perfection of the clean yellow color of the brooms.
in “Mete d’autore in provincia di Imperia” edited by Maria Teresa Verda Scaiola