TOMMASO LANDOLFI AND EUGENIO MONTALE ON THE WAY TO THE GAME (based on autobiographical prose)
Bulletin of the Kostroma state University
In the autobiographical prose of Eugenio Montale and Tommaso Landolfi , the theme of travel plays a signifi cant role. The development and refraction of this theme is directly related to the concept of home, which is different for these writers. Tommaso Landolfi , leading the life of a hermit in a small provincial town, seeks to travel to large centres full of social life. Eugenio Montale, who was less attached to the family nest, in the latter part of his life lives in Milan. Tired of the
... . Tired of the burden of fame and the noise of the big city, he sets off for quiet secluded places unlike Italy, where he can fi nally rest. In the works of both writers, travel is closely related to the theme of the game. Tommaso Landolfi , who sees the meaning of human life in the game, combines his travels with «forays into gambling», that is, to the casino. Roulette becomes an opportunity for him to communicate with a higher power, to receive answers to existential questions that torment him. Eugenio Montale travels in disguise, changing masks. In his imaginary game world, he animates objects and makes friends with them. For both writers in their travel, a special role is played by inscriptions and signs, which are perceived by them as secret messages.