“He didn’t want to leave. And to think that, before, he had been so fond of travel, but lacked the time and money! Now, he had both, but no desire. He had realized, however, that when in certain moods, one needs to react. He had to show himself to others as extroverted, pleasant, funny, and slightly mad. Nobody wants to be in the company of a sad and somber man…”
A tour of Cuba, like so many today, with ordinary people of all ages leaving Italy to have fun in the beautiful spots of one of the most popular tourist destinations. The narrator, however, is an old, tired yet spirited judge, who finds at each stage of the trip the basic reasons for reflecting on other topics besides Cuba. Day after day, in lucid, rigorous prose, Michele Corsaro records all that he sees, in images and descriptions worthy of the best guidebooks. But he is just as effective in talking about himself and the sensations produced by the trip. The result is a self-portrait that sheds light on an eventful life. As a counterpoint to the geography of Cuba, we see the old man’s Sicily—an omnipresent place that is familiar and so requires no description. In reality, Sicily is the key to the narrator’s eccentric life-style and attitude.