The Happiness of the Wolf, by Paolo Cognetti

Between the bucolic, the atavistic and the telluric. The narrative of Cognetti it is that firm footing in front of the overwhelming landscape that at the same time unites us with unfathomable forms of greatness. The unbearable lightness of the human being, who would say Kundera At times it seems like eternity among millenary rocks that nevertheless yield their turgidity before the tectonic movements that will end up devouring them. And it is that nothing is eternal in the last instance.

Surrounded by towering mountains is the small alpine town of Fontana Freda, an ideal place to start over. At the beginning of autumn, Fausto decides to leave behind a failed marriage and the suffocating life of Milan to settle for an indefinite period in the area where he spent the summers of his childhood.

Here you will try to find a new voice for your writing as you cook at Babette's restaurant and befriend some of the few locals: a retired forest ranger with little interest in human affairs and a young waitress passing through. in search of the four thousand meter mountains that he met in books. Autumn gives way to winter, and pastures and cattle ranchers give way to snow and the first skiers, but also to the imminent return of the wolves, which, together with the wind, will travel the deep valleys.

After The eight mountains, Paolo Cognetti's crystalline and calm prose returns with a purifying novel that has the ability to widen the lungs and broaden the horizon. The happiness of the wolf evokes the power of the nature of the high mountains, its peaks and forests, its shelters and its animals to investigate freedom and dreams.

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