BiographyPoet, fiction writer and essayist, Paolo Ruffilli was born in Rieti but grew up in Forlì. He graduated in literature at the University of Bologna and for over twenty years his articles have appeared on the cultural pages of Il Resto del Carlino and other newspapers such as la Repubblica, La Stampa, il Giornale, and Il Gazzettino. In 1972 he moved to Treviso where he still lives today and works as a publishing consultant.
Nevertheless, Ruffilli’s minimal language never loses its clear, almost eighteenth-century musicality and never descends into the obscure; he often tells a story in an attempt to recover a memory that “is not a way of looking back to recover what is definitively lost” but the narration of the past perceived to be “inside each one of us”, since “our past is what we are.” Ruffilli’s poetry thus avoids both the anguish of communicative aphasia, as well as any elegiac nostalgia for the past. It is completely animated by his curiosity “for what I have been and what others have been before me.” Memory in his poetry has a close relationship with the most profound self, and “memory is a crossing of this depth in order to have a sharper sense of what I am, of what we are.”
© Roberto Baronti Marchiò (Translated by Berenice Cocciolillo)Fiction
Preparativi per la partenza, Marsilio, Venezia, 2003 (Premio delle Donne)
Vita di Ippolito Nievo, Camunia, Milano, 1991
Vita amori e meraviglie del signor Carlo Goldoni, Camunia, Milano, 1993
K. Gibran, Il Profeta, San Paolo, Cinisello Balsamo, 1989; 10a ed. 2002
R. Tagore, Gitanjali, San Paolo, Cinisello Balsamo, 1993
La Musa Celeste: un secolo di poesia inglese da Shakespeare a Milton, San Paolo, Cinisello Balsamo, 1999.
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