Distopie dell'immaginario in Il grande ritratto di Dino Buzzati. = Dystopias of the imaginary in Dino Buzzati's great portrait.


This paper examines the artistic and cultural experience of Dino Buzzati that leads to the fiction of the early 1960s, Il grande ritratto, poised between science fiction and dream-erotic implications. The novel Il grande ritratto by Buzzati is considered the first Italian example of narration on artificial intelligence. In his writing, in fact, Buzzati has been influenced by many readings about cybernetics by Silvio Ceccato (1950s) and by investigating studies on thought. Indeed, Il grande ritratto draws a picture marked by a strongly dystopian, disturbing and ambiguous reality, where new realities and places of the imagination are configured as a layered carpet of symbols. These symbols have the purpose of revealing the deception contained in the dystopian world built by the illusion of living a consoling imaginary which turns out to be fallacious and fatal.

DOI Code: 10.1285/i18285368aXXXIVn99p142

Keywords: Dystopian fiction; imaginary; cybernetics; science fiction; fantastic

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