Recommended books Milano, Italy
Farewell girl (1956)
Scerbanenco is one of the Milanese authors that I like the most. Ukrainian of origin, he wrote noir stories often set in Milan. The farewell girl is Milla, a wealthy young lady from the province of Pavia, lives in a large house shrouded in the fog of Padania with her father. She is in love with Martino, a young man in economic ruin who is studying medicine and who treats her as an eternal friend. The story takes place in Italy in the 1950s, in the cultured and idle lounges and along the paths of life in which Martino stumbles several times. This book by Scerbanenco is not a noir, but a psychological novel in which the author guides the reader on an adventure that takes him back to a cross-section of a faraway Italy, but in which, thanks to the skill of his pen, it is not difficult to feel comfortable.
I saw the show based on the text of Jordan Harrison at the Parenti Theater in Milan. Marjorie, an elderly Alzheimer patient (Ivana Monti), is flanked in daily life by a Prime, a robot she has decided to give the appearance of her husband Walter, who died years earlier. Thanks to artificial intelligence, Prime learns and fits into Marjorie’s family, keeping her company and helping her, while she forgets, to remember. The family dynamics that are established with the daughter and the son-in-law and the interaction of the robot that little by little, systematizing the information gathered from the speeches that he listens to, knows more than the people directly concerned, are fascinating and at the same time frightening developments. Can Artificial Intelligence help patients and families manage illness? Until what point? This text makes us think about a future, not futuristic, scenario: Marjorie could be my mother in twenty years … Where will we be with technology? Will she have her Prime?