Milano by Buzzati has the scent of the old editions on sale in a good used bookshop. Through his stories and novels, taking inspiration from the news and his crazy imagination, Buzzati has been able to create narrative amenities, metaphorical games that transformed everyday life into social analysis. The author, even though wasn't born in the city, has shown for Milano a placid appreciation and spent his whole life there, between work commitments and the ability to investigate the background of the metropolis.

 

A cura di @Martina Sacchi

e di @yesmilano

Via Solferino

Milano  is described cloudy and licentious, with a subtle irony that often results in cynicism. Thanks to the writer's pen, the news events that occurred in the urban scene made the journalism of Via Solferino an undoubted work of art "in black". In this Street, well known today in the city, there is the building that houses «Corriere della Sera», the main Milanese daily newspapers, where Buzzati worked between 1940 and 1970.

Via San Gregorio, Largo Zandonai and Piazza Fontana

The social analysis carried out by the author is especially evident in La Nera (The Black - a box set edited by Mondadori in 2002), that collects the news articles published in «Corriere della Sera» during the years dedicated to journalism. Among the others, we remember the article with which Buzzati recounted the tragic murder committed by Rina Fort at n. 40 of via San Gregorio. The writer, who lived near that street, collected the details related to the mysterious event and described the area of Porta Venezia placing it in a dreamlike atmosphere, as if suspended in time to that night of 29 November 1946. Through La Nera it is possible to reread the Milano of the past (between the '50s and the '70s) and its stories: the riot of prisoners in Via San Vittore, the robbery in Largo Zandonai by the Banda Cavallero (1967) and the desolation of Piazza Fontana after the massacre of 1969.

Via Velasca 25 and La Scala Theatre

The book Un amore (A love), conceived in 1959 and published in 1963, told the harrowing emotional chase between a bourgeois and a minor: a hidden passion, raw and scandalous, born in via Velasca 25. Antonio Dorigo, main character of the book, crosses the centre of Milano reserving for La Scala great mentions.The theatre becomes a silent scenery of a city always fond of art, the same art that collects characters to fall in love with: in this case the beautiful dancer Adelaide, female protagonist of the book.

Corso Garibaldi 72 and 73

Buzzati has passed down memories of a city that has now disappeared, nominating, within his writings, roads in which we can no longer walk down. Among them, Fossetto’s alley remains an iconic place for the writer, especially in his most representative novel of Milano, the already mentioned Un Amore. At today’s numbers 72 and 73 of Corso Garibaldi, where we now find a passage surmounted by an arch, the main characters lived a city made of close houses, almost leaned between piles and roofs. Away from the bourgeois quarters, the narrative style takes on a more pressing and less poetic tone, able to describe the "flower" of a  city that was ancient, but also animated and popular.

Largo La Foppa

For the mystery writer it was perhaps easy, then, to invent imaginary places, suspended in time. The famous via Saterna, many times dreamed and dreamed, can be localized close to today’s Largo La Foppa. Beyond Parco Sempione, 2km from where the author hypothesized it, today stands a contemporary art gallery baptized VIASATERNA in honor of the street born from his fantasy. It is possibile to read about this "street" in the masterpiece Poema a fumetti (Comic Poem), published in 1969: here Buzzati tells of a devil with a coat's appearance and of characters who wander on drawing boards, sketches born from his amazing and fascinating literary experiment.