Magazine article World Literature Today

Distant Light

Magazine article World Literature Today

Distant Light

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Antonio Moresco. Distant Light. Trans. Richard Dixon. Brooklyn. Archipelago Books. 2016. 153 pages.

The unnamed narrator of Antonio Moresco's Distant Light is uncommonly attuned to the natural world. Fleeing from his past for reasons that are never fully explained, he settles in an abandoned village and embarks on a monastic existence. He spends his days wandering through the woods, carrying on one-sided conversations with badgers, wasps, and toads. After dinner, he sits outside and watches "the first stars come out" Gazing across a valley one evening, he sees a light emerge from a seemingly uninhabited hillside. Certain that he's the only person within miles, he resolves to find its source.

Moresco's fiction has won prizes in his native Italy and abroad. His most celebrated work is L'increato, a trilogy of long novels. In this ethereal novella, ably translated by Richard Dixon, Moresco demonstrates a talent for succinct scene-setting. It takes him just a few pages to sketch the contours of his main character's circumscribed existence, and within this context, his humble quest comes to feel like an epic undertaking.

After a comic detour involving a farmer who believes the light is from a UFO that abducted his goats, the protagonist discovers a neglected path leading to a stone hovel. …

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