Professor Angelo Lucano Larotonda's monumental investigation into the history of Basilicata from the 16th century to the present day has produced portraits of 405 Lucanian.
The book starts with a quotation from Thomas Mann: “What is written here is true without being the whole truth”. It gathers together in an enthusiastic and interesting way many stories about men and women and is thus a visible sign of the memory of Basilicata’s most important human legacy of the last few centuries. The book is also directed at those who are not Lucanians. Not only does it invite them to put the images provided by Carlo Levi and Ernesto De Martino about the intellectual misery and creative poverty of Basilicata on the shelf of archeological finds. He suggests that other books should be put on the same shelf, books written by intellectuals from the area who, seemingly unable to look ‘beyond the fence’, contented themselves for too long with their descriptions of a region dominated by women in black shawls, docile donkeys and starving peasants. Professor Angelo Lucano Larotonda’s monumental investigation into the history of Basilicata from the 16th century to the present day has produced portraits of 405 Lucanian: “rather than being written by me, figuratively speaking, this book has really been written by the region of Basilicata itself, which has kindly consented to show its curious, ignorant guests its people, many of whom lived in a forgotten corner of history.”