Slow Food rememebers Predrag Matvejevic

03 Feb 2017

The writer Pedrag Matvejević died yesterday in Zagreb, Croatia, aged 84. He lived for many years in Italy, where he had been professor of Slavic Studies at the University of Sapienza in Rome. Of his works, the most important are probably the Epistolario dell’altra Europa – a collection of open letters in defense of human rights and, in particular, of persecuted dissident intellectuals from several countries in Eastern Europe – and the Mediterranean: A Cultural Landscape, which reconstructs the geopolitical history of the Mediterranean and the countries that surround it: regarded by critics as a “poetic essay”, a “prose poem”, a “logbook” or a “novel about places”, and has been translated into twenty languages.

Slow Food had the honor and pleasure of n our how relevant He said: “It has not seen secularism along all its coast. To of the facts, it must first free itself of a cumbersome weight. between multiethnic territories, where different religions and cultures intersect and setbackPM-2

There is no single Mediterranean culture, but many,  each characterized by certain traits which may be more or less similar to its neighbors. The similarities are due to the proximity to a common space—the sea—and the meetings of nations and their forms of expression along its shores. The differences are marked by , beliefs and customs. Neither is absolute or .”

Matvejević’s last book was dedicated to a common element of Mediterranean culture, bread, which “unites the nations of the Mediterranean, linking them all back to a common past, that is present both in our memory and in our daily activites” and that may contribute “

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