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Viaggio in Sicilia Viaggio in Sicilia 1804
"Soggiorno a Brolo e Patti"

Author: Carl Grass
Pages: 83.
Italian text with pictures.
Price: L. 18.000 (Euro 9,29)
Publication date: december 1996.
ISBN 88-7820-111-1

EDAS Editrice

Carl Gottardo Grass, painter, poet and writer in 1791 visited the Sicily by advice of Wolfgang Goethe. The German poet remained bewitched from the extraordinary beauty of the Sicily.

The story of him long travel through the Sicilian provinces constitutes a monumental work in two illustrated volumes. To make still more interesting him relation they are above all the distici that introduce us, next to the writer and the painter, a being worth poet whom in short knows to pick the essential thing of the Sicilian spirit and the Sicilian character or knows to dearly express therefore its feelings towards the earth that has accommodated it.

Among the zones visited is comprised also the territory between Head of Orlando and Milazzo with a long stay to the Castle of Brolo.

He describes the valley of Sant' Angelo like a surface from which, among the sand and stony detritus they emerge here and there some beautiful places, like memories of the last times. The surrounding hills, on both sides, show gorgeous landscapes of Sicilian fertility.

During twilight all this become like a unreal natural garden. A great amount of stimulant landscapes, here a flour mill surrounded by poplars, there an house encircled by a vine carefully lay down on a cliff spur; more ahead a hill covered of oaks through which a small tawny path leads to hidden huts.

Going in turn to paint places and persons made the inhabitants suspicious that behind the writer and the painter could be hidden a spy of the French who several times tried to invade the Island. If one takes in account the fact that Sicily was one of the few places in Europe that did not endure the French invasion, the veil of suspiciones that wrapped the Sicilian stay of the Grass might be justified by the particular historical moment.

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