By Ernesto Sábato

Notorious for the homicide of Maria Iribarne, the artist Juan Pablo Castel is now writing a close account of his dating with the sufferer from his felony mobile: obsessed from the 1st second he observed her analyzing certainly one of his work, Castel had develop into fixated on her over the subsequent months and fantasized over how they could meet back. whilst he occurred upon her someday, a courting used to be shaped which rapidly confident him in their mutual love. yet Castel's transforming into paranoia could lead him to wreck the single factor he really cared about... Sabato's first novel El Túnel (translated as 'The Outsider' or 'The Tunnel'), written in 1948, is framed because the confession of the painter Juan Pablo Castel, who has murdered the single girl able to figuring out him. Sabato's novels have been praised by way of authors akin to Albert Camus and Graham Greene.

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Certo, la giustizia è importante: ma fino a che punto riesce a imporsi e valere? Il racconto dell’Iliade insegna che le persone troppo spesso ritengono la scorciatoia della forza piú appetibile della strada della giustizia, nella convinzione – erronea ma umana – che la prevaricazione sia piú semplice e piú vantaggiosa. Qual è la forza coercitiva della giustizia, allora? Come fare a convincere gli uomini a seguire la strada piú lunga? Perché rispettare la giustizia, quando sembra che una soluzione piú vantaggiosa possa essere guadagnata con un’azione di forza?

XII 322-28. 26. Zambarbieri 1988, p. 331. 27. Il. VI 145-49. 28. Il. VI 206-11. 29. Redfield 1975, p. 101. 30. Schein 1984, p. 1 arriva addirittura a parlare, non senza ragioni, di «meditazione ironica». 31. Cfr. Parry 1956; Whitman 1958; Schein 1984, pp. 89-167 e Redfield 1975, pp. 3-29 e 99-127. 32. Fondamentali sono i dialoghi con la madre: I 352-56, 414-48, 505; XVIII 59-60; XXIV 85. 33. Redfield 1975, p. 19. 34. Schein 1984, pp. 129-34. 35. Il primo verso dell’Iliade celebra l’ira (μῆνις) di Achille.

La giustizia viene introdotta come alternativa alla forza, come un tentativo molto pragmatico di evitare il ricorso alla forza (che a volte funziona, come nel caso dello scudo e a volte no, come nel caso di Nestore). Tra le pieghe dell’Iliade affiora dunque una prima riflessione sulla giustizia. Piú concretamente, ed è un punto la cui importanza si chiarirà piú avanti, la giustizia consiste in un processo di negoziazione: è un compromesso concreto, un accordo che risolve un conflitto o una divergenza, non la rivendicazione di un principio assoluto14.

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