Uno nessuno e centomila eBook ë Uno nessuno PDF/EPUB

Uno nessuno e centomila eBook ë Uno nessuno PDF/EPUB

Uno nessuno e centomila [Read] ➱ Uno nessuno e centomila ➹ Luigi Pirandello – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Vitangelo Moscarda arriva a una convinzione che lo sconvolge l'uomo non possiede un'identità ma è condannato a vivere le infinite personalità che gli altri gli attribuiscono uella di Uno nessuno e Vitangelo Moscarda arriva a una convinzione che lo sconvolge l'uomo non possiede un'identità ma Uno nessuno PDF/EPUB ² è condannato a vivere le infinite personalità che gli altri gli attribuiscono uella di Uno nessuno e centomila è una macchina narrativa che sbriciola ogni possibile trama in tanti sbalzi e andirivieni soste riflessive digressioni saggistiche improvvise soliloui Un fiume tumultuoso e straripante in cui si sviluppa la lucida follia del protagonista Un percorso di distruzione dell'io che è insieme una distruzione tecnica del romanzo demiurgico e un provocatorio sfilacciamento della logica tradizionale del racconto.


About the Author: Luigi Pirandello

Luigi Pirandello; Agrigento June – Rome December was an Italian Uno nessuno PDF/EPUB ² dramatist novelist poet and short story writer whose greatest contributions were his plays He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his almost magical power to turn psychological analysis into good theatre Pirandello's works include novels hundreds of short stories and about plays some of whic.



10 thoughts on “Uno nessuno e centomila

  1. Maria Maria says:

    My son asked me what I was reading and for a second I did not know how to answer I only said One no one and one hundred thousand What do you mean? Well you're one right? Yes And for me you are my son to Anna you're her biggest brother to grandmother you are her grandson for the teacher you are Peter that boy who disturbs the class to Victor you are his friend for each person you're someone else smiling Yes But for you? Who are you to you? None of those right? Each sees you in his own way which is different from how you see yourself And so you are one you are a hundred thousand of you to a hundred thousand people and none of those hundred of thousands of you is not you the one you know you are Laughing See that if you explain I understand?


  2. Glenn Russell Glenn Russell says:

    Luigi Pirandello 1867 1936 – Nobel Prize winning Italian playwright novelist poet and short story writer perhaps best known for such outstanding plays as Six Characters in Search of an Author One No One and One Hundred Thousand is so well constructed each section flowing smoothly into the next it’s as if the author penned all 160 pages in a single uninterrupted creative burst Remarkably it’s just the opposite Luigi Pirandello worked on this short novel on and off over the course of fifteen years beginning at age forty two and ending at age fifty seven And it isn’t as if Pirandello ordinarily worked at a methodically slow pace Hardly His output was phenomenal – during those same fifteen years at the peak of his creative powers he wrote hundreds of short stories as well as dozens of plays The fifteen years to complete this novel speaks to how much care attention and reflection Pirandello gave the subject his lifelong preoccupation the nature of identity Ah the nature of identity Do you reflect on the fact that you experience you from the inside and other people experience you from the outside? That’s right the outside as in how you look how you speak and how you act Or stated slightly another way your looks speech and action independent of your inner thoughts and feelings There’s just one and only one person blocked from experiencing you from the outside you yourself Sad but true you can’t stand apart and be an outsider to yourself Does this bother you? Probably not or not all that much Well it certainly bothers the novel’s narrator Vitangelo Moscarda bothering and weighing on him to the point of obsessionHumor is laced throughout right from the first page when at age twenty eight his dear wife informs Moscarda that his nose tilts slightly to the right uite the revelation since he has always been under the distinct impression he had if not a handsome nose then most certainly a decent nose Reacting as if a dog and his wife just stepped on his tail Moscarda spins around “My nose tilts?” Moscarda runs to the bathroom slams the door and for the next hour scrutinize his face in the mirror Later that very same day when a friend pays a visit to discuss a specific matter that might involve him personally Moscarda cuts him off mid sentence and asks if he in fact is looking at his nose Thus we have the first push leading to a progressively rapid downhill slide as Moscarda confesses “This was the beginning of my sickness The sickness that would uickly reduce me to conditions of spirit and body so wretched and desperate that I would surely have died of them or gone mad if I had not found in the sickness itself as I will tell the remedy that was to cure me of it” True we can’t stand outside ourselves but through the power of fiction in one telling scene Luigi Pirandello splits Moscarda right down the middle a Moscarda sitting alone in his study and a Moscarda standing in the corner as objective outsider uestioning probing and pointing a sometimes ironic sometimes accusing finger We watch as both Moscardas take center stage in a short novelistic variation of his famous play acting out their own spinoff Two Characters in Search of an Identity as in when we read “Why do you go on believing the only reality is your reality today’s and you are amazed and irritated and you shout that your friend is mistaken when try as he may poor thing he will never be able to have inside himself poor thing your same mood” The fact that we humans construct our own identity as a builder builds a house a construction that cannot be fully communicated to others even one’s spouse or closest friends begins to drive Moscarda berserk And the obverse how other people construct their own version of his identity for themselves is an unavoidable truth Moscarda refuses to accept particularly the way his wife Dida has constructed his identity as Genge her little Genge a little loveable fool Ahhh unacceptable On top of this how the two men running the bank his father founded uantorzo the manager and Firbo the councilor likewise think him a harmless fool And the people in his small city? Since Moscarda benefits so directly and handsomely from the business of the bank they think him a usurer A usurer Now he really has reason to be driven berserk Throughout the first half of the book Moscarda keeps his deep and unending inuiries into the nature of his own identity to himself which is perfectly fine since in truth people don’t give a fig about his self examination but simply want him to continue adhering to accepted social conventions including acting with civility when dealing with business people in a business office But there’s the rub it’s this very conventional civility that has created all the unacceptable social identities of him formed by other people Thus Moscarda aims to put into practice his first experiment “in the destruction of Moscarda” that is he yearns to destroy the identity all those other people have of him as both fool and usurer What follows when he pays a visit first to the office of the notary Stampa and then to his bank to confront uantorzo and Firbo are two of the most hilarious scenes I’ve ever encountered in literature Rather than saying anything specific you will have to read for yourself just think of another example a modern day business office with several dozen men and women reading files answering phone calls writing reports Its midafternoon and one of their longtime coworkers revolts against his dull uptight establishmentarian identity – he makes his grand entrée wearing a full length yellow leotard with bells on his ankles proceeds to execute backward and frontward flips before dancing around the office tossing daffodils Well of course you can think of acting in such a kooky fashion and get away with it as long as you keep it to yourself and your imagination However if you actually perform such a stunt publicly just once as we all know one time is all it takes you will immediately be labeled as mad fired on the spot and perhaps even arrested What is the nature of the self? Does your own construction of identity put you in a box? Do you recognize your authentic self in the roles you take on? Likewise does the identity others form of you restrict your freedom? And how about society as a whole? Is the social construction of identity corrosive and even an invasion of privacy? Is to live a “normal” life in our modern world in any way dehumanizing? I am reminded of the novel Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre as well as other existential fiction by such authors as Samuel Beckett Franz Kafka Bertolt Brecht and André Malraux But with Luigi Pirandello’s novel the story existential to its core is freuently laugh out loud funny reminding me of Twelfth Night and that yellow stockinged prancing Malvolio Thank you Luigi Highly highly recommended


  3. Mutasim Billah Mutasim Billah says:

    “The capacity for deluding ourselves that today's reality is the only true one on the one hand sustains us but on the other it plunges us into an endless void because today's reality is destined to prove delusion for us tomorrow; and life doesn't conclude It can't conclude Tomorrow if it concludes it's finished” Let me go way back some 8 years or whereabouts in the past A younger Mutasim Billah is in a classroom where his English teacher is giving a valuable lesson in creative writing He holds a page in front of the class and asksSay is there writing on this page?Yes sir the entire class chimes inBut how is that The page is emptyThe class is baffled The students murmur some adamantly believe that the teacher will change his mind and berate anyone who goes back on their word so they voice their previous opinion louder Others confusedly hold their opinions in check in case the teacher proves them wrongThe teacher smiles and then in one single movement shows us the other side of the paper the one that was not facing us but the one that was until then facing him The page was empty The teacher was right Perspectives Why is perspective so elusive? In a world of differing perspectives which are the absolute truths? Or is there anything known as absolute truth? Perspectivism falls among those philosophical views that give rise to uestions than answers especially considering we never truly have a particular method of inuiry or a structural theory of knowledge The view was first coined by Friedrich Nietzche In so far as the word knowledge has any meaning the world is knowable; but it is interpretable otherwise it has no meaning behind it but countless meanings—Perspectivism It is our needs that interpret the world; our drives and their For and Against Every drive is a kind of lust to rule; each one has its perspective that it would like to compel all the other drives to accept as a norm Friedrich Nietzche in The Will to Power In essence we never have a perfect perspective as we choose to interpret the world as we would best want to make peace with it A husband who despises low fat milk would still drive around way out of his regular trip back home to get his wife her desired beverage only so that he gets to be in the right And so that becomes his norm and the wife lives oblivious to the fact that he despises low fat milk Let me come back to this a bit later Cooley's Looking glass Self The above meme is a perfect example of looking glass self The social psychological concept of the looking glass self describes the development of one's self and of one's identity through one's interpersonal interactions within the context of society Charles Horton Cooley clarified that society is an interweaving and inter working of mental selvesThe looking glass self comprises three main components We imagine how we must appear to others We imagine and react to what we feel their judgment of that appearance must be We develop our self through the judgments of others Hmmm Fair enough But where's the review? One None and a Hundred Thousand is a 1926 novel by the Italian writer Luigi Pirandello The novel had a rather long and difficult period of gestation Pirandello began writing it in 1909 In an autobiographical letter published in 1924 the author refers to this work as the bitterest of all profoundly humoristic about the decomposition of life Moscarda one no one and one hundred thousand The pages of the unfinished novel remained on Pirandello's desk for years and he would occasionally take out extracts and insert them into other works only to return later to the novel in a sort of uninterrupted compositive circle Finally finished Uno Nessuno e Centomila came out in episodes between December 1925 and June 1926 in the magazine Fiera LetterariaThe plot is built on three differing perspectivesOne the belief that our self is one and the only self that we know ourselves to beA Hundred Thousand meaning that we live a hundred thousand lives in the hundred thousand perspectives we come to face in the minds of the people in our lives in turn giving rise to hundred thousand uniue selvesNone signifying that none of these are really a true self and that nothing holds true to test in the end The Story Vitangelo Moscarda's world falls into complete disarray when one day by an innocent uestion he's confronted with the reality that he isn't exactly of the same image he thought he had Meaning he looked different from his own mind view of himself And hence Moscarda was to move into this never ending soul searching journey where he tries to find the true self the one who he believes is his original persona Moscarda chooses to expose his true self by behaving contrary to his usual self in everyday aspects of his life breaking down the fake images of Moscarda built to please the people in his life exposing his true darker desires This leads him to a journey towards madness and rediscoveryI really enjoyed this book as I've always had a profound interest in the underlying themes in the story I'd definitely recommend it if you're into existentialist literature and enjoy absurdist fiction


  4. Daniel Gamboa Daniel Gamboa says:

    This is one of those books that blows you away Why? Well Mr Pirandello's novel is one of those that will make you doubt about who you are for years This is the book I would pick up if I were asked to choose the one novel which has taught me the most about life This novel is not an easy read However whenever you find yourself not understanding there will be something further ahead telling you that you are on the right track Only by deconstructing yourself you will be able to open your mind and learn about yourself Keep this in mind; otherwise frustration won't let you enjoy and appreciate this novel Am I who I really think I am? Nope that is just one of the “one hundred thousand” sides that make up the whole of you These sides are the many versions of yourself which can only be seen by the people around you You can only see your “own” version of yourself but is this your true self? “No one” really knows not even you After reading this book all I was sure of is that nothing in this world is objective Life is just an illusion An illusion that changes with time as our perceptions sharpen up or as we allow our dogmas and beliefs to be flexible in a world where absolutely nothing is stiff or one sided


  5. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    Vitangelo Moscarda is the central character of this story He is Italian married and twenty eight He has no kids Nobody disputes these facts Everything else about his personality his goals motivations and manner of being—may be and is up for debateThe book is a novel but reads as a philosophical treatise Its theme is who we really are Are we most accurately how we view ourselves or how others view us? Can an accurate representation be drawn by any? A uick glance in a mirror shows one person but a glance a few seconds later shows another What is seen is influenced by the person observing and by ever changing shifts in emotions thoughts happenings and movements Nothing stays still Everything changes All that influences how a person is perceived is legion Is there one correct true version of a person or does it not exist or are there many? See the titleMoscarda wants to understand who he is He analyzes the uestion from a zillion different perspectives He talks to us and tells us his thoughts over and over again Then he attempts to change how others see him but his thoughts and words continue He is repetitive and the analysis becomes repetitive What starts as an interesting uestion is pushed to extreme Does it sound like I have not enjoyed the book? I have I have given it two stars which means it was OK but could have been better It has provided me with mental gymnastics The uestions posed are interesting and the author in the guise of Moscarda stretches the central theme to other topics worthy of consideration too for example the ability of flora and fauna to communicate What we know today about animals’ thought processes and the complicated interdependence between flora and microbes show that some of the ideas expressed in the book were ahead of their time The author Luigi Pirandello 1867 1936 won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934 The book was published in 1933 It is considered a classic and I had never heard of the guy I had to give it a try His writing has a particular style that is fun to be acuainted with You could say the thread of thoughts are interminably long winded Or you can say they intrigue and twirl revolving in diminishing and expanding circles one minute tying your thoughts into knots in the next making you laughJust as the book says none of us sees anything the same This is a theme all of us have talked about on GR isn’t it? In extension if none of us see things in the same way how can we possibly know who we truly are? Except exceptwith time you can draw some conclusions about a person based on what they say and think and do You see I cannot stop thinking about the uestions posed in the bookChris Mattews narrates the audiobook He does a good job What is said is clearly spoken and it Is not hard to follow In the beginning he speaks a little bit fast You cannot listen to the book for long stretches Your head gets tied into a knot not because of how it is read but because of its philosophical content It is interesting does give food for thought but is too exaggerated and repetitive


  6. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely says:

    This philosophical book was first published in 1926 and was written by Italian novelist Luigi Pirandello 1867 1936 Pirandello won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934 for his bold and ingenious revival of dramatic and scenic artThe story is about a man Vitangelo Moscarda who one day was told my his wife that his nose leans to the right Moscarda does not notice it before as he thinks that his nose was straight this image of himself seems to be what one means in the title However the comment that his nose leans to the right makes him realize that his perception of himself may not necessarily be accurate the no one in the title Lastly in the story Moscarda realizes that many people may have their own perceptions about himself the son of a usurer who used to own a bank the one hundred thousand in the title Pirandello's favorite theme of the relativity of perception and the fragmentation of reality into incomprehensible pieces is his philosophical core Closely connected to it is the reflection on language and the impossibility of objective and satisfactory communication between speakers due to the fact that we all charge words with our own meanings As Moscarda obsesses over the painful realization that he is only what others make of him he tries to subvert others' reality by reinventing himself as a new different Moscarda But his attempt to possess his own self is in vain and his only way out is self denial starting with a refusal to look at mirrorsOverall this is a nice philosophical book but sometime boring as the plot is so thin and the characters seem to be like distant people no one can identify easily with


  7. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    If it's not already this should be reuired reading in schools The fact that you are not who others see you as nor confined to the box you've created for yourself is an important and timeless message


  8. March March says:

    A book about being gripped with indeed swept by the idea of the gulf between the way you perceive yourself the ways others see you and if that can be asserted anyhow the way you truly objectively are Hence the one one hundred thousand and no one respectively if I got it right After a long period during which the first person protagonist is working out and getting his head around this notion he reaches the conclusion that it is impossible or rather useless to try to conform to this or that image that he thinks different people might have of himself because ultimately the image never coincides with how he perceives himself nor with how yet another and yet another person perceives him We can never get inside the other one's head and find out for real what they think or feel is the main premise reiterated time and time againThis realization what to me though seemed like a standard enough idea takes such deep roots in the protagonist's mind and so shakes his existence that he decides to do away with all these ultimately false identities that the outside world including his closest people may pin on him and shed them to the very basic naked substance that would remain if he did so What this substance is if we discard the perceptions of ourselves by others or what we perceive ourselves of ourselves involves a process of exploration that is a turbulent a violent one culminating toward the end of the book into a major rupture followed by a transition to a calm state of being of which it's better to read yourself and ponderIn this whole journey now that I'm reflecting back on it I think somehow love comes to play an important role could it be that at a certain point what Pirandello might have wanted to convey is that true love is perhaps the only way through which a true glimpse of the bare substance can be achieved like a spark of electricity flying from one's conscience to another's so that the other one knows the way you feel knows you really truly A decent book though not exactly interesting in the sense that it keeps you turning pages or holding your breath for at least not for me I also found the first part in which Pirandello builds up his idea of the incongruousness among diverse perceptions and of the impossibility of relating too long and even tedious I kept thinking ok ok Pirandello I got it your meaning is not my meaning the I that I see is not the me that you perceive or the person that a third one might perceive So let's move on beyond this premise This feeling of slight impatience with the first part might have been somewhat exasperated also by Pirandello's writing style whereby he addresses the reader directly asking him or her to see what he means over and over again Consider this carefully Wasn't my wife kissing on my lips a man who was not I? On my lips? No Mine indeed To what extent were they mine truly mine the lips she was kissing?Finally should I venture with this ok so I got the feeling that story gradually steered toward a development that reminded me a bit of what I've read and watched about the precepts of Hinduism and Buddhism that a major cornerstone on the way to liberation is the ability to give up attachments all attachments to all earthly pleasures to all the people close to you and so on There seemed to me to be a taste of that idea toward the end of the book


  9. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    First I have to thank Eva at Spurl Editions for my copy of this book I bought a copy many years ago shelved it and forgot about it Now after finally reading it it's become a book that is so disturbing and so well done that it will probably never get out from underneath my skin I loved every second of itJust briefly One No One and One Hundred Thousand is a novel which in the author's words deals with the disintegration of the personality It is a very dark read in which a man reaches a most extreme cure for the sickness that all started with a conversation between a husband and wife about his nose Once his eyes have been opened to the awareness that his nose tilts twenty eight year old Vitangelo Moscarda finds himself in a serious existential crisis While that may seem to be a somewhat absurd premise the story that develops from that point is anything but as Moscardo's sense of reality and self awareness veers off course and he becomes determined to untangle his true self from all of the others that have been constructed for himI love books which explore perceptions of self and others and the delusions inherent within my true raison d'être for reading but One No One and One Hundred Thousand is unlike anything I've read in this vein before presenting a portrait of a fragmented and torn man whose understanding of his own misperceptions of his self set him on a path that takes him smack into an endless void It is frightening on one hand comic on the other and all the while we are caught in Moscarda's head as he undergoes his sickness in which was found the remedy that would eventually cure him It's extreme and for me a bit sad to say the least I won't lie to you the book is challenging philosophical in nature and in my opinion it reuires the reader to stop and think along the way and even so at the end of this story which makes it right up my reading alley One thing for anyone who might wonder how a book written in 1926 is relevant to our times I'll refer you to social media an entire universe of constructed selves and constructed realities here at my reading journal sans spoilers


  10. Rami Hamze Rami Hamze says:

    Moscarda's life crumbled in a sec when his wife casually mentions his tilted nose that he never noticed he looks in the mirror and sees all the imperfections in his face now magnified He panics and starts uestioning if this is how people see him and if this body resembles the real him The protagonist then seeks his solitude in order to figure out which ONE he is him as seen by self or the other 100 thousand selves that people see in him or none of the above it was then that he looked in the mirror at his first laugh as a madmanGenius idea by Luigi Pirandello very philosophical and existential to my likingHaving said all the positive things above the elements of a novel were very weak i understand the focus is on the main theme but a thought through plot would have better held the ideas together and kept the reader in some sort of anticipationBesides over excessive repetition excuse my redundancy The book starts very promising but before even halfway you realise that the author is going in circles around the same single topic with no new insights events nor themes dissapointing on that frontConfused should i give a 3 or 4 stars? will go for 4 stars for the memorable topic that will stick for a long timeuoteSolitude here loneliness is never with you it is always without you and possible only with the presence of an alien self or place you are the outsider thereA friend asked medid the book change your perception of how you view yourself and what is your current perception? Are we made up of how we view ourselves or through others eyes or none of the above? and i answeredThe book is brilliant but it didnt change my perception Humbly this is my playground genre and i have read many books on existential philosophy existential psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to ask these uestion and form a view pre reading it here is my viewThe uestion touches on two major areas Identity and Existentialism1 Identity what defines it? is it inwards ie we are what we think and believe or outwards ie how people perceive us? well i believe it is both maybe at 70% 30% identity reflects set of facts name birth date etc and experiences that we have been through so it is shaped by both inward and outward i say 70% inwards because identity is a subjective thing even if i have a misperception of myself i still have alignment of my identity to perception even if not accurate Anyway topic reminds me of a uote by Saramo in Blindness inside us there is something that has no name that something is what we really are2 Existentialism all of the above rationale becomes irrelevant if you believe that life is absurd and if you are skeptical if we do exist we are real obviously my opinion is that we think therefore we THINK we are it is all illusion we could be a projection of a hologram or inside a matrix what can I do the only way is to play the game life that is the only thing we are can fathom just like a soldier in a virtual gameas for the authori no longer look myself in the mirror it never even occurs to me to want to know what has happened to my face and to my appearanceNo name no memory today of yesterday's name; of today's name tomorrow if the name is the thing; if a name in us is the concept of every thing placed outside of us well then let each carve this name that i bore among men and then leave it in peace i am alive and i do for the dead for those who have concluded I am alive and i do not conclude life does not conclude and life knows nothing of names


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10 thoughts on “Uno nessuno e centomila

  1. Maria Maria says:

    My son asked me what I was reading and for a second I did not know how to answer I only said One no one and one hundred thousand What do you mean? Well you're one right? Yes And for me you are my son to Anna you're her biggest brother to grandmother you are her grandson for the teacher you are Peter that boy who disturbs the class to Victor you are his friend for each person you're someone else smiling Yes But for you? Who are you to you? None of those right? Each sees you in his own way which is different from how you see yourself And so you are one you are a hundred thousand of you to a hundred thousand people and none of those hundred of thousands of you is not you the one you know you are Laughing See that if you explain I understand?

  2. Glenn Russell Glenn Russell says:

    Luigi Pirandello 1867 1936 – Nobel Prize winning Italian playwright novelist poet and short story writer perhaps best known for such outstanding plays as Six Characters in Search of an Author One No One and One Hundred Thousand is so well constructed each section flowing smoothly into the next it’s as if the author penned all 160 pages in a single uninterrupted creative burst Remarkably it’s just the opposite Luigi Pirandello worked on this short novel on and off over the course of fifteen years beginning at age forty two and ending at age fifty seven And it isn’t as if Pirandello ordinarily worked at a methodically slow pace Hardly His output was phenomenal – during those same fifteen years at the peak of his creative powers he wrote hundreds of short stories as well as dozens of plays The fifteen years to complete this novel speaks to how much care attention and reflection Pirandello gave the subject his lifelong preoccupation the nature of identity Ah the nature of identity Do you reflect on the fact that you experience you from the inside and other people experience you from the outside? That’s right the outside as in how you look how you speak and how you act Or stated slightly another way your looks speech and action independent of your inner thoughts and feelings There’s just one and only one person blocked from experiencing you from the outside you yourself Sad but true you can’t stand apart and be an outsider to yourself Does this bother you? Probably not or not all that much Well it certainly bothers the novel’s narrator Vitangelo Moscarda bothering and weighing on him to the point of obsessionHumor is laced throughout right from the first page when at age twenty eight his dear wife informs Moscarda that his nose tilts slightly to the right uite the revelation since he has always been under the distinct impression he had if not a handsome nose then most certainly a decent nose Reacting as if a dog and his wife just stepped on his tail Moscarda spins around “My nose tilts?” Moscarda runs to the bathroom slams the door and for the next hour scrutinize his face in the mirror Later that very same day when a friend pays a visit to discuss a specific matter that might involve him personally Moscarda cuts him off mid sentence and asks if he in fact is looking at his nose Thus we have the first push leading to a progressively rapid downhill slide as Moscarda confesses “This was the beginning of my sickness The sickness that would uickly reduce me to conditions of spirit and body so wretched and desperate that I would surely have died of them or gone mad if I had not found in the sickness itself as I will tell the remedy that was to cure me of it” True we can’t stand outside ourselves but through the power of fiction in one telling scene Luigi Pirandello splits Moscarda right down the middle a Moscarda sitting alone in his study and a Moscarda standing in the corner as objective outsider uestioning probing and pointing a sometimes ironic sometimes accusing finger We watch as both Moscardas take center stage in a short novelistic variation of his famous play acting out their own spinoff Two Characters in Search of an Identity as in when we read “Why do you go on believing the only reality is your reality today’s and you are amazed and irritated and you shout that your friend is mistaken when try as he may poor thing he will never be able to have inside himself poor thing your same mood” The fact that we humans construct our own identity as a builder builds a house a construction that cannot be fully communicated to others even one’s spouse or closest friends begins to drive Moscarda berserk And the obverse how other people construct their own version of his identity for themselves is an unavoidable truth Moscarda refuses to accept particularly the way his wife Dida has constructed his identity as Genge her little Genge a little loveable fool Ahhh unacceptable On top of this how the two men running the bank his father founded uantorzo the manager and Firbo the councilor likewise think him a harmless fool And the people in his small city? Since Moscarda benefits so directly and handsomely from the business of the bank they think him a usurer A usurer Now he really has reason to be driven berserk Throughout the first half of the book Moscarda keeps his deep and unending inuiries into the nature of his own identity to himself which is perfectly fine since in truth people don’t give a fig about his self examination but simply want him to continue adhering to accepted social conventions including acting with civility when dealing with business people in a business office But there’s the rub it’s this very conventional civility that has created all the unacceptable social identities of him formed by other people Thus Moscarda aims to put into practice his first experiment “in the destruction of Moscarda” that is he yearns to destroy the identity all those other people have of him as both fool and usurer What follows when he pays a visit first to the office of the notary Stampa and then to his bank to confront uantorzo and Firbo are two of the most hilarious scenes I’ve ever encountered in literature Rather than saying anything specific you will have to read for yourself just think of another example a modern day business office with several dozen men and women reading files answering phone calls writing reports Its midafternoon and one of their longtime coworkers revolts against his dull uptight establishmentarian identity – he makes his grand entrée wearing a full length yellow leotard with bells on his ankles proceeds to execute backward and frontward flips before dancing around the office tossing daffodils Well of course you can think of acting in such a kooky fashion and get away with it as long as you keep it to yourself and your imagination However if you actually perform such a stunt publicly just once as we all know one time is all it takes you will immediately be labeled as mad fired on the spot and perhaps even arrested What is the nature of the self? Does your own construction of identity put you in a box? Do you recognize your authentic self in the roles you take on? Likewise does the identity others form of you restrict your freedom? And how about society as a whole? Is the social construction of identity corrosive and even an invasion of privacy? Is to live a “normal” life in our modern world in any way dehumanizing? I am reminded of the novel Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre as well as other existential fiction by such authors as Samuel Beckett Franz Kafka Bertolt Brecht and André Malraux But with Luigi Pirandello’s novel the story existential to its core is freuently laugh out loud funny reminding me of Twelfth Night and that yellow stockinged prancing Malvolio Thank you Luigi Highly highly recommended

  3. Mutasim Billah Mutasim Billah says:

    “The capacity for deluding ourselves that today's reality is the only true one on the one hand sustains us but on the other it plunges us into an endless void because today's reality is destined to prove delusion for us tomorrow; and life doesn't conclude It can't conclude Tomorrow if it concludes it's finished” Let me go way back some 8 years or whereabouts in the past A younger Mutasim Billah is in a classroom where his English teacher is giving a valuable lesson in creative writing He holds a page in front of the class and asksSay is there writing on this page?Yes sir the entire class chimes inBut how is that The page is emptyThe class is baffled The students murmur some adamantly believe that the teacher will change his mind and berate anyone who goes back on their word so they voice their previous opinion louder Others confusedly hold their opinions in check in case the teacher proves them wrongThe teacher smiles and then in one single movement shows us the other side of the paper the one that was not facing us but the one that was until then facing him The page was empty The teacher was right Perspectives Why is perspective so elusive? In a world of differing perspectives which are the absolute truths? Or is there anything known as absolute truth? Perspectivism falls among those philosophical views that give rise to uestions than answers especially considering we never truly have a particular method of inuiry or a structural theory of knowledge The view was first coined by Friedrich Nietzche In so far as the word knowledge has any meaning the world is knowable; but it is interpretable otherwise it has no meaning behind it but countless meanings—Perspectivism It is our needs that interpret the world; our drives and their For and Against Every drive is a kind of lust to rule; each one has its perspective that it would like to compel all the other drives to accept as a norm Friedrich Nietzche in The Will to Power In essence we never have a perfect perspective as we choose to interpret the world as we would best want to make peace with it A husband who despises low fat milk would still drive around way out of his regular trip back home to get his wife her desired beverage only so that he gets to be in the right And so that becomes his norm and the wife lives oblivious to the fact that he despises low fat milk Let me come back to this a bit later Cooley's Looking glass Self The above meme is a perfect example of looking glass self The social psychological concept of the looking glass self describes the development of one's self and of one's identity through one's interpersonal interactions within the context of society Charles Horton Cooley clarified that society is an interweaving and inter working of mental selvesThe looking glass self comprises three main components We imagine how we must appear to others We imagine and react to what we feel their judgment of that appearance must be We develop our self through the judgments of others Hmmm Fair enough But where's the review? One None and a Hundred Thousand is a 1926 novel by the Italian writer Luigi Pirandello The novel had a rather long and difficult period of gestation Pirandello began writing it in 1909 In an autobiographical letter published in 1924 the author refers to this work as the bitterest of all profoundly humoristic about the decomposition of life Moscarda one no one and one hundred thousand The pages of the unfinished novel remained on Pirandello's desk for years and he would occasionally take out extracts and insert them into other works only to return later to the novel in a sort of uninterrupted compositive circle Finally finished Uno Nessuno e Centomila came out in episodes between December 1925 and June 1926 in the magazine Fiera LetterariaThe plot is built on three differing perspectivesOne the belief that our self is one and the only self that we know ourselves to beA Hundred Thousand meaning that we live a hundred thousand lives in the hundred thousand perspectives we come to face in the minds of the people in our lives in turn giving rise to hundred thousand uniue selvesNone signifying that none of these are really a true self and that nothing holds true to test in the end The Story Vitangelo Moscarda's world falls into complete disarray when one day by an innocent uestion he's confronted with the reality that he isn't exactly of the same image he thought he had Meaning he looked different from his own mind view of himself And hence Moscarda was to move into this never ending soul searching journey where he tries to find the true self the one who he believes is his original persona Moscarda chooses to expose his true self by behaving contrary to his usual self in everyday aspects of his life breaking down the fake images of Moscarda built to please the people in his life exposing his true darker desires This leads him to a journey towards madness and rediscoveryI really enjoyed this book as I've always had a profound interest in the underlying themes in the story I'd definitely recommend it if you're into existentialist literature and enjoy absurdist fiction

  4. Daniel Gamboa Daniel Gamboa says:

    This is one of those books that blows you away Why? Well Mr Pirandello's novel is one of those that will make you doubt about who you are for years This is the book I would pick up if I were asked to choose the one novel which has taught me the most about life This novel is not an easy read However whenever you find yourself not understanding there will be something further ahead telling you that you are on the right track Only by deconstructing yourself you will be able to open your mind and learn about yourself Keep this in mind; otherwise frustration won't let you enjoy and appreciate this novel Am I who I really think I am? Nope that is just one of the “one hundred thousand” sides that make up the whole of you These sides are the many versions of yourself which can only be seen by the people around you You can only see your “own” version of yourself but is this your true self? “No one” really knows not even you After reading this book all I was sure of is that nothing in this world is objective Life is just an illusion An illusion that changes with time as our perceptions sharpen up or as we allow our dogmas and beliefs to be flexible in a world where absolutely nothing is stiff or one sided

  5. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    Vitangelo Moscarda is the central character of this story He is Italian married and twenty eight He has no kids Nobody disputes these facts Everything else about his personality his goals motivations and manner of being—may be and is up for debateThe book is a novel but reads as a philosophical treatise Its theme is who we really are Are we most accurately how we view ourselves or how others view us? Can an accurate representation be drawn by any? A uick glance in a mirror shows one person but a glance a few seconds later shows another What is seen is influenced by the person observing and by ever changing shifts in emotions thoughts happenings and movements Nothing stays still Everything changes All that influences how a person is perceived is legion Is there one correct true version of a person or does it not exist or are there many? See the titleMoscarda wants to understand who he is He analyzes the uestion from a zillion different perspectives He talks to us and tells us his thoughts over and over again Then he attempts to change how others see him but his thoughts and words continue He is repetitive and the analysis becomes repetitive What starts as an interesting uestion is pushed to extreme Does it sound like I have not enjoyed the book? I have I have given it two stars which means it was OK but could have been better It has provided me with mental gymnastics The uestions posed are interesting and the author in the guise of Moscarda stretches the central theme to other topics worthy of consideration too for example the ability of flora and fauna to communicate What we know today about animals’ thought processes and the complicated interdependence between flora and microbes show that some of the ideas expressed in the book were ahead of their time The author Luigi Pirandello 1867 1936 won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934 The book was published in 1933 It is considered a classic and I had never heard of the guy I had to give it a try His writing has a particular style that is fun to be acuainted with You could say the thread of thoughts are interminably long winded Or you can say they intrigue and twirl revolving in diminishing and expanding circles one minute tying your thoughts into knots in the next making you laughJust as the book says none of us sees anything the same This is a theme all of us have talked about on GR isn’t it? In extension if none of us see things in the same way how can we possibly know who we truly are? Except exceptwith time you can draw some conclusions about a person based on what they say and think and do You see I cannot stop thinking about the uestions posed in the bookChris Mattews narrates the audiobook He does a good job What is said is clearly spoken and it Is not hard to follow In the beginning he speaks a little bit fast You cannot listen to the book for long stretches Your head gets tied into a knot not because of how it is read but because of its philosophical content It is interesting does give food for thought but is too exaggerated and repetitive

  6. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely says:

    This philosophical book was first published in 1926 and was written by Italian novelist Luigi Pirandello 1867 1936 Pirandello won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934 for his bold and ingenious revival of dramatic and scenic artThe story is about a man Vitangelo Moscarda who one day was told my his wife that his nose leans to the right Moscarda does not notice it before as he thinks that his nose was straight this image of himself seems to be what one means in the title However the comment that his nose leans to the right makes him realize that his perception of himself may not necessarily be accurate the no one in the title Lastly in the story Moscarda realizes that many people may have their own perceptions about himself the son of a usurer who used to own a bank the one hundred thousand in the title Pirandello's favorite theme of the relativity of perception and the fragmentation of reality into incomprehensible pieces is his philosophical core Closely connected to it is the reflection on language and the impossibility of objective and satisfactory communication between speakers due to the fact that we all charge words with our own meanings As Moscarda obsesses over the painful realization that he is only what others make of him he tries to subvert others' reality by reinventing himself as a new different Moscarda But his attempt to possess his own self is in vain and his only way out is self denial starting with a refusal to look at mirrorsOverall this is a nice philosophical book but sometime boring as the plot is so thin and the characters seem to be like distant people no one can identify easily with

  7. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    If it's not already this should be reuired reading in schools The fact that you are not who others see you as nor confined to the box you've created for yourself is an important and timeless message

  8. March March says:

    A book about being gripped with indeed swept by the idea of the gulf between the way you perceive yourself the ways others see you and if that can be asserted anyhow the way you truly objectively are Hence the one one hundred thousand and no one respectively if I got it right After a long period during which the first person protagonist is working out and getting his head around this notion he reaches the conclusion that it is impossible or rather useless to try to conform to this or that image that he thinks different people might have of himself because ultimately the image never coincides with how he perceives himself nor with how yet another and yet another person perceives him We can never get inside the other one's head and find out for real what they think or feel is the main premise reiterated time and time againThis realization what to me though seemed like a standard enough idea takes such deep roots in the protagonist's mind and so shakes his existence that he decides to do away with all these ultimately false identities that the outside world including his closest people may pin on him and shed them to the very basic naked substance that would remain if he did so What this substance is if we discard the perceptions of ourselves by others or what we perceive ourselves of ourselves involves a process of exploration that is a turbulent a violent one culminating toward the end of the book into a major rupture followed by a transition to a calm state of being of which it's better to read yourself and ponderIn this whole journey now that I'm reflecting back on it I think somehow love comes to play an important role could it be that at a certain point what Pirandello might have wanted to convey is that true love is perhaps the only way through which a true glimpse of the bare substance can be achieved like a spark of electricity flying from one's conscience to another's so that the other one knows the way you feel knows you really truly A decent book though not exactly interesting in the sense that it keeps you turning pages or holding your breath for at least not for me I also found the first part in which Pirandello builds up his idea of the incongruousness among diverse perceptions and of the impossibility of relating too long and even tedious I kept thinking ok ok Pirandello I got it your meaning is not my meaning the I that I see is not the me that you perceive or the person that a third one might perceive So let's move on beyond this premise This feeling of slight impatience with the first part might have been somewhat exasperated also by Pirandello's writing style whereby he addresses the reader directly asking him or her to see what he means over and over again Consider this carefully Wasn't my wife kissing on my lips a man who was not I? On my lips? No Mine indeed To what extent were they mine truly mine the lips she was kissing?Finally should I venture with this ok so I got the feeling that story gradually steered toward a development that reminded me a bit of what I've read and watched about the precepts of Hinduism and Buddhism that a major cornerstone on the way to liberation is the ability to give up attachments all attachments to all earthly pleasures to all the people close to you and so on There seemed to me to be a taste of that idea toward the end of the book

  9. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    First I have to thank Eva at Spurl Editions for my copy of this book I bought a copy many years ago shelved it and forgot about it Now after finally reading it it's become a book that is so disturbing and so well done that it will probably never get out from underneath my skin I loved every second of itJust briefly One No One and One Hundred Thousand is a novel which in the author's words deals with the disintegration of the personality It is a very dark read in which a man reaches a most extreme cure for the sickness that all started with a conversation between a husband and wife about his nose Once his eyes have been opened to the awareness that his nose tilts twenty eight year old Vitangelo Moscarda finds himself in a serious existential crisis While that may seem to be a somewhat absurd premise the story that develops from that point is anything but as Moscardo's sense of reality and self awareness veers off course and he becomes determined to untangle his true self from all of the others that have been constructed for himI love books which explore perceptions of self and others and the delusions inherent within my true raison d'être for reading but One No One and One Hundred Thousand is unlike anything I've read in this vein before presenting a portrait of a fragmented and torn man whose understanding of his own misperceptions of his self set him on a path that takes him smack into an endless void It is frightening on one hand comic on the other and all the while we are caught in Moscarda's head as he undergoes his sickness in which was found the remedy that would eventually cure him It's extreme and for me a bit sad to say the least I won't lie to you the book is challenging philosophical in nature and in my opinion it reuires the reader to stop and think along the way and even so at the end of this story which makes it right up my reading alley One thing for anyone who might wonder how a book written in 1926 is relevant to our times I'll refer you to social media an entire universe of constructed selves and constructed realities here at my reading journal sans spoilers

  10. Rami Hamze Rami Hamze says:

    Moscarda's life crumbled in a sec when his wife casually mentions his tilted nose that he never noticed he looks in the mirror and sees all the imperfections in his face now magnified He panics and starts uestioning if this is how people see him and if this body resembles the real him The protagonist then seeks his solitude in order to figure out which ONE he is him as seen by self or the other 100 thousand selves that people see in him or none of the above it was then that he looked in the mirror at his first laugh as a madmanGenius idea by Luigi Pirandello very philosophical and existential to my likingHaving said all the positive things above the elements of a novel were very weak i understand the focus is on the main theme but a thought through plot would have better held the ideas together and kept the reader in some sort of anticipationBesides over excessive repetition excuse my redundancy The book starts very promising but before even halfway you realise that the author is going in circles around the same single topic with no new insights events nor themes dissapointing on that frontConfused should i give a 3 or 4 stars? will go for 4 stars for the memorable topic that will stick for a long timeuoteSolitude here loneliness is never with you it is always without you and possible only with the presence of an alien self or place you are the outsider thereA friend asked medid the book change your perception of how you view yourself and what is your current perception? Are we made up of how we view ourselves or through others eyes or none of the above? and i answeredThe book is brilliant but it didnt change my perception Humbly this is my playground genre and i have read many books on existential philosophy existential psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to ask these uestion and form a view pre reading it here is my viewThe uestion touches on two major areas Identity and Existentialism1 Identity what defines it? is it inwards ie we are what we think and believe or outwards ie how people perceive us? well i believe it is both maybe at 70% 30% identity reflects set of facts name birth date etc and experiences that we have been through so it is shaped by both inward and outward i say 70% inwards because identity is a subjective thing even if i have a misperception of myself i still have alignment of my identity to perception even if not accurate Anyway topic reminds me of a uote by Saramo in Blindness inside us there is something that has no name that something is what we really are2 Existentialism all of the above rationale becomes irrelevant if you believe that life is absurd and if you are skeptical if we do exist we are real obviously my opinion is that we think therefore we THINK we are it is all illusion we could be a projection of a hologram or inside a matrix what can I do the only way is to play the game life that is the only thing we are can fathom just like a soldier in a virtual gameas for the authori no longer look myself in the mirror it never even occurs to me to want to know what has happened to my face and to my appearanceNo name no memory today of yesterday's name; of today's name tomorrow if the name is the thing; if a name in us is the concept of every thing placed outside of us well then let each carve this name that i bore among men and then leave it in peace i am alive and i do for the dead for those who have concluded I am alive and i do not conclude life does not conclude and life knows nothing of names

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