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International Contest Ex Libris and Short stories “ll Bosco Stregato” (“The Enchanted Wood”) – “Odysseus, journey into mith”

From the press release.

The end of a tale

“And they lived happily ever after”; this often happens in fairy tales, so it’s time for us to put an end to our “adventure”. But we would be pleased to find solutions that allow us to continue, without breaking a recurring appointment for the Ex Libris and short novels lovers.

Perhaps this may be possible by inserting, for the first time in the life of the association, a registration fee to the international contest “The Enchanted Wood”.

The international contest started in 2000 with the great “festival of Swiss roots in the Langhe“, with a section of paintings, sculpture, short stories and murals.

It has been a continuous growth and we are very proud of this.

In 2004, thanks to Rossella Magliano and don Giusto Truglia, the contest arrives to the Ex Libris with an intense relationship with Remo Palmirani who was an exceptional promoter even if for a shot time because of his untimely death.

That’s why some works are easier to read, while others are less immediate and require some measure of interpretation.

All works, however, are perfectly related to the topic requested, although in the respect for the author’s specific culture.

The high artistic quality of many works created some hesitation in awarding the prizes, but everything was done with total freedom and without any prejudice.

If the “Salone Internazionale del Libro” in Turin is dedicated to “green economy”, it is noteworthy that  “The Enchanted Wood” is not only art and culture, but it is territorial defense.

The land belongs to everyone, from mountaintops to the valley, because the boundaries do not exist and it must continue to live.

Everything perishes, but the richness of the forest in all its forms (flora, fauna, landscape, environmental resource, tourism and the magic of short stories and ex libris) continues to live.

And now we come to the edition “Odysseus, journey into myth”.

We received many Ex Libris and this year also novels in dialect of Abruzzo and an idiom from Venezuela (wayuunaiki).

Odysseus is the symbol of the immigrant or just the traveler in search of new discoveries. He represents the paradigm of the irrepressible human desire to travel around the world looking for adventure and knowledge.

But perhaps more important is the trip back home.

It is during the return journey that the maturation of the traveler takes place, just after having completed the tasks for which he had left.

Past and present make sense in anticipation of a future that is a synthesis of everything that happened before, of every experience.

It is no longer the house from which he started, but it is a place that holds the world the traveler has known and all the experiences he lived.

Usually they talk about the route to a destination, while saying little or nothing about the return trip or about the hope to travel.

We think these two aspects are very important and significant too.

The voyage of Ulysses to Troia lasted three months. His stay lasted ten years because of war, and his return trip home lasted another 10 years.

In conclusion, we must thank all the artist and novelists who wanted to participate to this initiative, hoping to count again on their precious collaboration next time.

There must be a clarification: the moral winners are many more, but the scarcity of resources led the jury for the Ex Libris (Tommaso Lo Russo, Adriano Benzi, Nicola Carlone, Mauro Mainardi, Rossella Magliano, Nicola Ottria) to do a difficult choice.The same was for the short stories (Lina Lo Russo, Franco Andreoli, Annamaria Cossu, Carlo Di Giambattista, Rossella Magliano, Giovanna Marruncheddu, Nicole Tomaino, Mayela Zambrano Barragán)

The winners of the Ex Libris section “Odysseus, journey into myth”

(1 ITA) Paolo Rovegno – (2 ITA) Rosario Amato – (3 FRA) Rejane Véron

Special mention to: Ettore Antonini, Maria Maddalena Tuccelli, Pavel Hlavaty, Lanfranco Lanari, Valerio Mezzetti, Michele Stragliati, , Josef Werner.

Mentioned from the Jury:

Angelo Arrigoni, Elisabetta Bevilacqua, Giovanni Berio, Alessio Bianchi, Maurizio Boiani, Milvia Bortoluzzi, Maria Rosanna Cafolla, Eugenia Christova, Hector Rojas Chapperon, Massimo Curasi, Loa Diceva, Greta Grillo, Pierre H. Lindner, Veronica Longo, Lysenko  Kiril, Plamenko Cengic,  Maurizia Marini,Alexandra Jagodinska, K. Ozlem Alp, Arpad Salamon, Klaus Sperling, Denis Reutow,  Toril Elisabeth Larsen.

The winner Ex Libris Schools Section:

Irene Michelotti of the Institute of Art  F. Russoli in Pisa

School mentioned:

Stefano Nencioni, Alessio Bianchi, Diego Bocelli.

The winners of Short stories section

 (1) Stefania Apeddu del Liceo Classico Manno di Alghero, (2) ex aequo Sara Buttarelli e Sara Petroni Istituto Parri  di Roma,  (3) Sergio Tonon.

Mentioned: Antonio Lanci (dialect of Abruzzo),

In Waizunaki idiom (Venezuela): José Angel Fernández Silva