Under the kind direction of Anna Abagnale, the owner of the prestigious Hotel Stabia, and Giovanni Ingenito, who oversaw in detail the ceremony of the cultural event of “The tribute of Castellammare di Stabia to Lucio Dalla”, the Hôtel des Congrès in Castellammare di Stabia hosted the presentation of the biographical novel by Raffaele Lauro, “Caruso the Song - Lucio Dalla and Sorrento”. At the opening, Angelo Palmieri, President of the Lions Club Castellammare di Stabia Host, welcomed everyone and further on sought to emphasize his long friendship with the Sorrentine writer, and the pleasant discovery of his work on the great singer from Bologna in love in Sorrento and in Castellammare di Stabia, which keeps the reader enthralled from beginning to end for more than five hundred pages. Gianfranco Sava, the former Governor of District 108 Ya gave the concluding speech full of adequate references. The introduction and hosting of the debate by a great master of national and southern journalism, Ermanno Corsi, were of incomparable, rare and refined intellectual quality. Among applauses, he literally enchanted the audience and encouraged all other speakers with stimulating questions. Among the speakers: neurologist Antonio Parisi; former Mayor of Castellammare Nicola Cuomo and journalist Pierluigi Fiorenza. “I have followed Raffaele Lauro – said Corsi – for forty years, from the beginning of his public life as Councillor for Culture of the comune of Sorrento, to the heights of the Viminale and the parliamentary mandate. I have always been amazed by the excellence of the commitment of this figure in the South, but I was literally stunned when reading this beautiful biographical novel about Lucio Dalla. A book of three faces: a biography of an artist; a celebration of Sorrento, in its tourism development, and last but not least, an autobiography of the author, who has already become renown at national level. Lauro reveals the Mystery of Dalla: Dalla, the admirer of Creation; the defender of Nature; Dalla, from Bologna, a naturalized Southerner; Dalla-Caruso; Dalla, the cantor of the Sea, the ancestral metaphor of human existence, the cantor of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean Sea; Dalla, self-taught, guided by his inexhaustible curiosity of the world; Dalla, marginalized, but cured by Nature, by friendship, by spending time with others, and who translated his disability into poetry, art and humanity; Dalla, the creator of the great fusion of music and human lives; Dalla, a man with the sense of wholeness of the culture of life and chorality! A book-masterpiece!” Parisi gave a speech at a high scientific level, a true sage of neurological aesthetics on the premature Dalla, on the immature Dalla, on Dalla with food intolerances, on Dalla who failed at school, who could have become a misfit, who could have suffered from autism, and who instead managed to turn the disadvantage of a weak left hemisphere, the logical one, in favour of the right hemisphere, the affective one, into extraordinary artistic creativity: “The clarinet becomes the instrument of salvation for Dalla – said Parisi – Sorrento and his Jannuzzi friends make him feel free. All his statements confirm this: I am the master of nothing. I am a confused man. And so do the episodes revealed to Lauro by sailor Cristofaro, about the white butterfly and the necklace lost in the sea, recovered later by Salvatore Irolla. Dalla risked therefore to become a neuronally incapacitated person, however, with his culture of life he transformed a potential disadvantage into this extraordinary work of art.” Nicola Cuomo focused on the inner world of Dalla and the feeling of friendship, which became the vital need for the artist: “Lyrics and music helped him to reach others, because he lived in the stories of others, to which he gave himself without any defences. Lauro has given us the true Dalla! And with Dalla I have rediscovered Lauro, very human, sympathetic, and so different from the person known many years ago at the Viminale, who back then appeared cold, aloof, managerial, and almost obnoxious.” Pierluigi Fiorenza brilliantly described his walks with Dalla on the paths of Castellammare, and the great love of the artist for the city, remembering his brief statement: “You, the citizens of Stabia, have at your disposal a treasure of natural, archaeological and cultural beauty that you are not aware of. You do not appreciate it and do not value it adequately.” In the acknowledgements, the author, with a lively and articulate speech, which amused the audience, retraced the complex and often contentious relationship between the two urban realities, both loved by Lucio Dalla, Castellammare di Stabia and Sorrento, the first one perceived as a “continent” and the other one as an “island”, starting from the religious history of their patron saints, St. Anthony and St. Catello, and the privileges granted to Sorrento by the queen of Naples, Joanna II. The interesting debate went far beyond the arranged time, and the interest of the public convinced the organizers to postpone it to a later date, to yet another public event, a joint screening of documentary films by Raffaele Lauro and Pierluigi Fiorenza, “Lucio Dalla and Sorrento - Places of the Soul” and “Lucio Dalla and Castellammare di Stabia”. .

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