Lettere e ricordi

Adriana Grimaldi, Annie Addio, Caro Orco, Anna Palermo, Sellerio
2004 Saggio introduttivo a cura di Anna Folli. Milano: Feltrinelli (Le comete)   unpublished
Recensioni Rowland's seventh chapter ('A Forger's Reason: 1640) definitively unmasks Curzio for the forger that he was. Among the most amusing evidence to have gone unnoticed was that "the handwriting of Curzio Inghirami and Prospero of Fiesole were virtually identical" (109). The eighth and ninth chapters ('The Sublime Art' and 'Eppur si muove') redeem Curzio as they showcase (among other things) the brilliance of a man who was able to orchestrate such a ruse, and the very reliable evidence
more » ... eliable evidence that now exists which indicates that "Scornello's impressive hill... is both a likely place for significant architectural remains and a place where architectural remains of some sort evidently existed,..." (pg. 142) The Scarith of Scornello reads like an encyclopedia of Curzio's time. Using the scarith as a type of narratological springboard allows Rowland to provide the historical background necessary in order to appreciate the full extent of the hoax. She does so very adeptly, with a careful anchor to the narrative, never straying too far in order to contextualize the facts. The result is that not only does Curzio's story come to life, but the world in which these events unfold, does so as well.