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Crevice Weeds Writings—«waifs of many a wreck»—motley and fragmentary writings—sketchy and faulty—failed, perhaps—unconfined—along the borders, upon the thresholds and into the chinks of literature, «as foam that the sea-winds fret»…

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La pista pericolosa

Alessandro Zabini
La pista pericolosa
La pista pericolosa

«Ma era verso il Nord che Howland guardava. Dalla cima di una grande cresta montagnosa, sulla quale era salito, guardava intento la bianca solitudine che si stendeva per mille miglia fino al Mare Artico. Debolmente, nel triste silenzio della notte d’inverno, giunse al suo orecchio il tenue suono sibilante dell’aurora boreale, che cantava la sua antica canzone nella volta celeste, e mentre contemplava le fredde fiammate che si propagavano come pallide frecce nel cielo lontano, ed ascoltava la sua musica sussurrante di solitudine e di mistero infiniti, lo assalì lo strano sentimento che tutto questo...

End of a Trail

Alessandro Zabini

C’est un trou de verdure, où chante une rivière Accrochant follement aux herbes des haillons D’argent; où le soleil, de la montagne fière, Luit: c’est un petit val qui mousse de rayons. Arthur Rimbaud October 30, 1781, Passage of Canada Creek, where the Oswegatchie trail forded West Canada Creek … Captain Walter Butler was shot through his hat and the upper part of his head, perhaps when he «stopped to shout, wave his arms and thumb his nose» at the enemies across the stream, or as he was looking at the battle from behind an oak or a maple tree, and whilst dead or woefully wounded and dying, sitting...

Adventure Crossway

Alessandro Zabini

«Woods and starry solitudes»… This Side of Acheron A Dim Scrying Sight A Nether Picture from Les Mohicans de Paris Unbounded First Reconnaissance on the Field of Adventure How To Read, Perhaps At Play Rudiments Notes Spinned Off of a Fragment on Memory from the Adventure Series:a Cut-up Prologue Notes Spinned Off of a Fragment on Memory from the Adventure Series:Another Cut-up Clipping Notes Spinned Off of a Fragment on Memory from the Adventure Series:A Cluster of Quotations Hugo Pratt & James Oliver Curwood(Adventure Tales as Constellations, or James Oliver Curwood and Hugo Pratt as producers...

An Untold Wilderness Tale

Alessandro Zabini

… la frontiera tra Canada e Stati Uniti, dove Pratt ambienterà la terza storia della saga di Wheeling con un nuovo protagonista, Walter Butler, un «rinnegato» … «Forse basterebbe una foto», dice Pratt, mentre la macchina da presa lo inquadra, seduto tra pesanti cannoni, nello spiazzo di Fort Ticonderoga, «ma non è come venire qui, respirare quest’aria, sentire l’odore degli alberi intorno, di questi muri. Sono questi odori che quasi mi violentano, mi spingono a fare delle storie.» — E che storia le fanno raccontare? «Quella di un uomo bistrattato dalla Storia americana, uno che forse aveva qualcosa...

How To Dream Over a Map (Adventure Tales as Constellations, or James Oliver Curwood and Hugo Pratt as producers of «objet imaginaires»—Sixth Clipping)

Alessandro Zabini
How To Dream Over a Map (Adventure Tales as Constellations, or James Oliver Curwood and Hugo Pratt as producers of «objet imaginaires»—Sixth Clipping)
How To Dream Over a Map (Adventure Tales as Constellations, or James Oliver Curwood and Hugo Pratt as producers of «objet imaginaires»—Sixth Clipping)

Adventure novels bestow upon any reader the chance to call forth or create constellations of words and images which are like Pratt’s watercolors—maps to be contemplated—imaginative devices spawning images, associations and meanings—so that reading adventure tales and beholding pictures or illustrated dustwrappers, as well as to read poetry, are experiences going well beyond the enjoyment of craftily told yarns or artfully executed drawings—like staring into a catoptromantic mirror to open underworld gateways, or dreaming over a map, as Hugo Pratt declared: «Poi mi è cara un’altra cosa delle carte...

Reading As Constellation Making (Adventure Tales as Constellations, or James Oliver Curwood and Hugo Pratt as producers of «objet imaginaires»—Fifth Clipping)

Alessandro Zabini
Reading As Constellation Making (Adventure Tales as Constellations, or James Oliver Curwood and Hugo Pratt as producers of «objet imaginaires»—Fifth Clipping)
Reading As Constellation Making (Adventure Tales as Constellations, or James Oliver Curwood and Hugo Pratt as producers of «objet imaginaires»—Fifth Clipping)

I could trace many of the constellations wrenched from adventure tales that are ineffaceably impressed in the theater of my imagination, as any reader could do with relish, probably. However, a few haphazardly evoked images from the saga of Mefisto, mortal enemy of Tex Willer, will suffice as an example: the Hualpais, with their mysterious M-engraved medals and their blowpipes blowing poisoned darts from under flat rocks and stone slabs in the night desert; the blood letters cut on the bare breasts of the prisoners; the catoptromantic mirrors and lecanomantic echinuses of the evil wizard; a magic...

Shapes of Isobel (Adventure Tales as Constellations, or James Oliver Curwood and Hugo Pratt as producers of «objet imaginaires»—Fourth Clipping)

Alessandro Zabini

Her face was pale and haggard now, but she smiled at him. Her eyes never left his face. They were dazzlingly blue in the firelight. It was the blue flower Billy had given her. But now its petals were torn apart, and nine of them lay in the palm of her hand. «It can’t go with one.» She spoke softly and the smile died on her lips. «There are nine petals, three for each of us.» She gave three to her husband and three to Billy, and for a moment the men stared at them as they lay in their rough and calloused palms. Then Billy drew out the bit of buckskin in which he had placed the strands of Isobel’s...

Somewhat Medley (Adventure Tales as Constellations, or James Oliver Curwood and Hugo Pratt as producers of «objet imaginaires»—Third Clipping)

Alessandro Zabini
Somewhat Medley (Adventure Tales as Constellations, or James Oliver Curwood and Hugo Pratt as producers of «objet imaginaires»—Third Clipping)
Somewhat Medley (Adventure Tales as Constellations, or James Oliver Curwood and Hugo Pratt as producers of «objet imaginaires»—Third Clipping)

The way in which Hugo Pratt did cluster together images and words to shape objet imaginaires as unfathomable as divinatory signs, is best shown, perhaps, by his skillfull watercolors, such as Senecas Indians (1977), or Sir Brandel re dei corvi d’Irlanda and Sligo (1979), or Aden di Obock and Zona del lago Abbè and Tipi di donne Afar (1982). In Sligo is pictured Bellacorick Bridge, an ancient Irish unfinished stone bridge, which, according to Brian Rua’s prophecy, will never be finished—«un ponte magico che porta in un mondo magico e bellissimo», as remarks an handwritten note by the author, suggesting,...

Constellations by Unwalkable Paths: Isobel & Isobel (Adventure Tales as Constellations, or James Oliver Curwood and Hugo Pratt as producers of «objet imaginaires»—Second Clipping)

Alessandro Zabini
Constellations by Unwalkable Paths: Isobel & Isobel (Adventure Tales as Constellations, or James Oliver Curwood and Hugo Pratt as producers of «objet imaginaires»—Second Clipping)
Constellations by Unwalkable Paths: Isobel & Isobel (Adventure Tales as Constellations, or James Oliver Curwood and Hugo Pratt as producers of «objet imaginaires»—Second Clipping)

Both Philip Steele of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police (1911) and Isobel: A Romance of the Northern Trail (1913), as they are originally titled, are dramatic and happy ending tales of love and adventure, such as it’s rarely—or maybe never—allowed to meet with in everyday life. Readers, however, are not attracted to the novels solely by the perilous vicissitudes, the hard journeys through the unbounded snowy ranges, or the happy endings, nor are they bewitched only by the two female leading characters, both named Isobel, and both, in their own way, fascinating femme fatales of the Great North....

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