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De acht bergen by Paolo Cognetti
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really liked it
bookshelves: translated, mountaineering, fiction

A lovely story that kept me in thrall until the very end. How can the mountain world continue to provide a space for a distinct culture and an authentic way of life in an age that is swept up in an increasingly homogenised, urban, cosmopolitan and consumerist culture? Cognetti explores this foundational tension through the relationship between two men, a mountain dweller and an urbanite. The latter's father forms an uncomfortable bridge between these two worlds. These are fine psychological portraits against the background of an implacable alpine scenery. Memories of my own days in the mountains flooded in while I was reading and I feel I'm ready to reconnect with this part of my life. This story will continue to resonate for a long while.

Monte Argentera
Monte Argentera, 2011.
Photo taken with 4x5' camera by myself
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