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A DESCENT INTO THE HELL OF MUSIC HISTORY

A Womad Festival.
A girlfriend. Dead musicians. Ghosts.
The humanity of music. A gigantic cavern.

“Without music humanity would be a base thing. I know it.”
It is not hard to agree on the opinion that music is an essential human experience, maybe it is just what makes human being properly human. That is what the protagonist of the last n
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Letizia Sechi
May 27, 2011 Letizia Sechi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"La musica è un fenomeno così intrinsecamente umano che da molti punti di vista si potrebbe sostenere che sia precisamente ciò che ci rende tali. Non la scienza, non la religione, non le guerre: la musica."

Scommetto che molti di voi stanno annuendo, nel leggere questa frase. Leggete "Il festival dei fantasmi", allora. Ma preparatevi per una discesa agli inferi, e a un ritorno alla realtà pieno di sorprese. L'ignoranza, spesso, è un bene sottovalutato.

"“Temo di essermi perso” annunciai."
Livia Blackburne
Mar 29, 2011 Livia Blackburne rated it really liked it
A story for music connoisseurs, with an unexpectedly thought provoking ending.
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Trovo interessante l'idea di fondo, ovvero su quale sia stata l'origine della musica. L'idea del festival musicale parallelo è un'idea non nuovissima (qualcosa dello stesso genere si trova anche ne Il palio delle contrade morte).
L'incontro con i musicisti del passato mi ha lasciato piuttosto indifferente e non trovo che la conclusione spicchi per originalità, insomma carino ma niente di più.

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I found interesting the background idea, that is what was the origin of music. The supernatural festiva
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Francesca Carabini
Oct 18, 2013 Francesca Carabini rated it really liked it
“La musica è un fenomeno così intrinsecamente umano che per molti punti di vista si potrebbe sostenere che sia precisamente ciò che ci rende tali. Non la scienza, non la religione, non le guerre: la musica.”

Un festival musicale che si trasformerà in qualcosa di molto diverso: un viaggio nel ultraterreno alla ricerca degli albori della musica per scoprire e coglierne la sua umanità originaria, un’esigenza estetica che spinge ai limiti del conosciuto. Ma alle volte si tende a sottovalutare il prez
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Emanuela
Mar 23, 2011 Emanuela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I racconti di Mr. Hughes non si accontentano di andare al nocciolo della questione, ma di rompere il guscio con provocazioni forti come è stato per Il disgregatore astrale dove il cielo sparisce perchè "si uccide sempre chi si ama". Ne Il festival dei fantasmi si domanda se la musica sia l'unica espressione di vera umanità. La risposta è angosciante: la specie umana è intrinsecamente triste; la musica è stato un regalo diabolico e beffardo funzionale solo all'esternazione di tale tristezza.
Letizia Sechi
May 27, 2011 Letizia Sechi rated it liked it
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"Music is such a profoundly human phenomenon that in many ways it can be argued that it is exactly what makes us the species we are in the first place. Not science, not religion, not wars, but music."

I bet many of you are nodding, while reading this sentence. Read "The Phantom Festival", then. But get ready for a descent into hell, and a return to reality full of surprises. Ignorance is often an undervalued asset.

"“I appear to be lost”, I announced."
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A writer of Fantasy and Magic Realism who often uses comedy and absurdism to examine philosophical issues. Known for his original ideas, intricate plots and entertaining wordplay.
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