Arrigo Lora Totino

Dalila Colucci (Harvard University)
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In March 1971, the eclectic poet Arrigo Lora Totino wrote to Jorge Luis Borges asking for the original version of his ineffable masterpiece El Aleph. He had read the Italian translation but could not find the Spanish text, which he wanted to review before visually translating a parenthetical sentence contained in the story: “(bambino, solevo meravigliarmi del fatto che le lettere di un volume chiuso non si mescolassero e perdessero durante la notte)” [“(as a boy, I would be astounded that the letters in a closed book didn’t get all scrambled up together overnight)”] (The Aleph 130). There is no proof that this request, now stored in Lora Totino’s archive at the Fondazione Morra in Naples, ever received an answer, and yet it symbolically contains the essence of his poetic art,…

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Citation: Colucci, Dalila. "Arrigo Lora Totino". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 March 2019 [, accessed 11 December 2023.]

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