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(by Marzia Apice) (ANSA) – ROME, April 10 – WLODEK GOLDKORN, SON FROM THE RIVER. MOSE’S ADVANTAGES (Feltrinelli Editore, p. 112, 13 euros. With SERGIO STAINO cartoon). There are stories that should never be forgotten, “because there will always be a need for those who have the courage to fight for freedom”: in order to emphasize its relevance, Wlodek Goldkorn reinterpreted the myth of Moses in a manner that Secular and adventurous key. The book “A Child From the River”, published by Feltrinelli, in bookstores from 1 April. Suitable for the youngest public (aged 9 and up), this series is adorned with clever cartoons by Sergio Staino providing a constant reference to our time, with reflections simple but profound and never predictable. The reading goes on in a double line: while Goldkorn – mingling biblical sources with inventions in his imagination – recounts Moses’ adventure that guides the Israelites towards freedom, amidst deserts and great rivers, terrible plagues, seas opened and met with God, Staino tells us about today, through pictures of a boy, a The girl and a cat reflect the world. Moses’ courage and his amazing deeds are thus re-enacted in the light of our troubled times, in which, as thousands of years ago, there are still people who were put down. slaves, mistreated and violent, forced to flee their country. exist or have a solemn existence. The book begins with a young, young Moses, stuttering but gifted with personality, who was raised as the pharaoh’s nephew.

As an adult, Moses, who desired freedom from an early age (to the point where he risked being killed after touching the pharaoh’s crown), gave up on luxuries and privileges. and hid into the desert. His intention was to try to free the Jews from tyranny and slavery and bring them out of Egypt “to a promised land, a land of milk and honey”.

Moses loved, married, had children, but he did not hesitate to leave the family in honor of the leadership of the people, a role he performed by exploiting his undeniable charisma and the “super powers” that he seemed to have been bestowed upon. In the book this is exactly one aspect that is particularly emphasized: the power of words and stories, as they have universal value. To persuade them to follow him and believe his word, Moses told the Jews that he was talking to God, that he had received the Ten Commandments inscriptions and reassured him. people about the divine presence in every step he took. much freedom desired. This is what Moses tells us, but no one can be sure that all of this actually happened.

But in the end, did the story really happen like that? What really matters, according to Goldkorn and Staino, is that the teachings contained in each story, overcoming the oblivion of time and word of mouth from book to book, can reach us. Moses’ long and adventurous journey teaches us that rebelling against injustices and performing some “miracle” is worthwhile for everyone – yesterday’s “slaves” and today – have the right to live a “new life in a great place” without violence or abuse, in peace and serenity. After all, Goldkorn writes, “the best stories are the stories that we don’t know are true or invented. And sometimes those that come up come true.” (HANDLING).



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