I find value in every form of life—snow, strawberries, a fly.
I find value in the mineral kingdom and the congress of stars.
I find value in wine while a meal lasts, an involuntary smile,
the fatigue that comes from not holding back,
and an old couple in love.
I find value in what tomorrow will be worth nothing,
and what today is still worth little.
I find value in every sort of wound.
I find value in conserving water, mending a pair of shoes,
holding your tongue, running toward a scream, asking before sitting down,
and feeling grateful without recalling why.
I find value inside a room knowing where north is,
and the name of the wind drying the laundry.
I find value in the rover’s travel, the nun’s retreat,
and the convict’s patience, whatever the crime.
I find value in using the verb “to love”
and in the presumption that a creator exists.
Many of these values I have not known.
Erri De Luca
Translated by Jim Hicks
Ho visto in DVD “il turno di notte lo fanno le stelle”, fresco di primo montaggio. Protagonista e’ la montagna nuda e verticale, dove la storia che ho scritto e’ ospite della bellezza. Edoardo Ponti ha dato immagine, luce e profondità al mucchietto di pagine mie da artefice, parola che per me e’ superiore a artista. Appena finita la proiezione ho avuto impulso di rivederla subito.
Proverbio napoletano (tradotto in italiano): pure un calcio nel sedere e’ un passo avanti.
and now…YOU can HELP us!!!!
The short story by Erri De Luca, “Il turno di notte lo fanno le stelle” (The night shift belongs to the stars) will be soon a short movie: the film, directed by Edoardo Ponti, will be shot this summer in the magnificent landscape of the Dolomites of the Region of Trentino, in Italy. Interpreters are Nastassja Kinski and Enrico Lo Verso along with Erri De Luca himself in a short cameo.
It’s a story about a man and a woman. He is alone. She is married. Both mountaineers, both survivors of cardiac operation. He has in his chest the heart of a young woman, she has a mitral valve. A fate and a promise unites them . A short story where the rhythm of the heartbeat accelerates, to find at the end, a steady pace.
The film is co-produced by OH!PEN with the Trentino Film Commission, Montura and Pasta Garofalo, and with the support of Trentino Marketing and San Carlo.
This summer, it will be an amazing “last-minute” vacation idea, to plan a new kind of trip, following Erri De Luca’s steps, being surrounded by the breathtaking mountains of the Dolomites…let’s go!