Eugenio Montale's latest "joke": a brilliant marketing stroke

Eugenio Montale’s latest “joke”: a brilliant marketing stroke

Poet, writer, critic, painter and journalist, Eugenio Montale died in Milan on 12 September 1981, but he never left the world of publishing and philology. the case of his posthumous diary Still exclusively open and under discussion.

Some consider it his great stroke of genius. However, others believe it to be a sensationalist fake. Let’s go into the details, to understand what exactly it is and what are the latest theories on the matter.

Montele’s posthumous diary

The story that has been proposed to us all these years is that Eugenio Montale did well Eleven envelopes to the poet and Mura Annalisa Cima, Each of these was filled with six poems, of which she was the main source of inspiration.

The intention was to see one envelope published every year from 1986 to 1996, thus culminating in the collection in his birth centenary year. However, his great joke to the world of literature was sealed in the eleventh envelope. Inside, in fact, there were not six poems, but twenty-four. The name chosen for the volume was Posthumous Diary. 66 poems and othersunderlining the last word i 18 Unexpected Extra Script,

The sole owner of the signed texts is Analisa Cima. It was she who made everything public, respecting Montale’s last wishes.


The world of Italian literary criticism has been debating this age-old matter for many years. The critic Guido Mazzoni expressed himself as follows: “The first thing that comes to mind when reading these poems by Montale is not his dubious paternity, but his undoubted irrelevance,

Had to light the fuse of this diatribe philologist dante isella, the first to publicly question the authenticity of the writings, in the 1990s. He was immediately accused by the proponents of the goodness of the texts of first giving a favorable opinion and then changing his mind. In this way, amidst sharp criticism, quarrels and personal attacks, the discussion turned to a very personal aspect.

In the 2000s, the classicist Federico Condello attempted to revive the fable of this tale. published philosopher and angelAnalyzing Isela E Posthumously branding the diary as a forgery, Which would make it the most striking case of forgery in Italian literature of the last century.

A definitive answer will never come, which leaves us nothing but further articles and articles to take one side or the other. among those who deny with absolute certainty any possibility of authenticity and who make explicit allegations of wanting to stick to the canon, to Montale, who denies having written it simply because it is considered “irrelevant” or was not considered to be in accordance with the taste of

Then there are those who imagine that the author intended to laugh at what they knew. Believing the posthumous diary to be authentic, some see these poems as a mockery of a brilliant writer, a classic. Perhaps the best reading, because it takes into account that the author is the same in the eyes of others. In himself, in fact, he is only a man.





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