Dettaglio libro

Alberto Anzani
On the border

2005

Pushing beyond the border, pushing beyond all limits. Titanism? Need. Breaking laws that are made for man, so as to be able to hope in a better future? Hardened criminals or heroes? A certain kind of smuggling also meant getting one’s own back, fighting off dire poverty. But life on the border also meant a taste for winning, for getting away with it, for challenging fate, for daring. Border country, the same territory, a net, different laws. Secretly combining fatigue and business, Latinity and Calvinism along the Italian-Swiss border overlooking Lake Como, from the post-war period to the 1970s. The voice of a spallone turns into history. Local history turns into legend.

… It’s now time to leave the wood, cover a few metres and throw ourselves once more onto the ground to wriggle under the wire netting, cover a stretch walking in the border police’s footsteps so as cover our traces and then – in leaps and bounds – rush downhill, beyond the border, towards the lakeshore lights. On my back as many as thirty kilos… The loading of the cigarette boxes on a fisherman’s boat. The silence of the lake broken by the spluttering noise of the engine propeller and the pervasive smell of oil and petrol… What I really love reminiscing about is this memory of when I was thirty and the struggle for life embraced the border, the woods, the mountain and the lake…

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