Memorial Space, Poetic Time: The Triumph of Memory in Eugenio Montale

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This is a comprehensive analysis of the themic memory throughout Montale's poetry and short stories. What makes it unique is the discussion of memory (in the living world and the afterlife) as cinema and the infinite spatial representations of holographic projection. This book traces the parabola of Montale's memorial experience from Cuttlefish Bones to the prose of Butterfly Dinard. A poet out of harmony with the world, Montale searches for break in 'reality', believing that a truer reality exists. Behind the screen of images lies the void where little separates life from death and death from absence. In this void, unbound by time, myriad spatial images are simultaneously projected, overlapping in semantic interference to be deciphered by the poet's eye. The integrity of each image is infinetly preserved the way a film is projected onto a screen: the screen remains a distinct while the image moves upon it. Montale's poetic paradigm, the illusion of presence and absence, is the world of film where time and image are redeemable. In cinema, time is an illusion - it emerges from the succession of spatial images. Montale's world is a cinemtic projection onto which time is imposed as his visual field cannot order the images simultaneously without it. The poet's memories are all projection in a holographic world memory, which is ever retrievable and immortal.

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