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The Hidden Meaning Behind My Brilliant Friend’s Neapolitan Dialect
Italy is a 19th-century invention unified by an official language that, until the 20th century, most Italians didn’t speak.
After World War II, Italy had to form itself anew, stitching together disparate cultures into a rickety idea of nationhood. Compulsory military service helped. So did television and the schools. But it was the burgeoning economy that did the most to tie together the fortunes of citizens who might otherwise have had nothing to do with each other. Stefano Carracci understands that there’s money to be made and customers to be wooed beyond the few blocks he calls home, and he is ready to speak their language. Still, the Italian project took time and in the 1950s, it was still far from complete.
Many Italian viewers of My Brilliant Friend will recognize the interplay of nationhood and language from a scene in Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s classic novel The Leopard, set in Sicily in 1860 but written in the 1950s, just when the teenage Elena is struggling with her Latin declensions. In The Leopard, an aging prince who is contemplating the birth of modern Italy pays a visit to the Bourbon king in Naples. Though the nobleman addresses his sovereign in immaculate Italian, Francis II greets him in chewy Neapolitan. The moment is both comic and pointed: The monarch comes from a Spanish dynasty and rules a major chunk of the Mediterranean, but he’s no global figure, or even a national one. He’s a local kid, as provincial in his worldview as the fruit-seller outside his palace.
That’s tragic. English is to Italians today what Italian was to Neapolitans in the 1950s: the key to a more cosmopolitan future. And yet many of those who speak it best flee to find their futures abroad, leaving their monolingual homeland ever more insular.
The older Elena who answers her phone in the opening scene lives in a different country, one that should be looking beyond its borders. Instead, it’s barricading itself ever more firmly into a large-scale version of Ferrante’s fictional neighborhood and doubling down on a language that few people beyond its borders speak or understand. Early on in My Brilliant Friend, Elena and Lila cement their friendship by raptly reading to each other from a translation of Little Women. Today, Italian children craving a world beyond the confines of their lives really ought to be reading such a book aloud to each other in the original.
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Chernobyl True Story: What The HBO Miniseries Gets Right (& Changes)
A much more reasonable writeup of what the HBO series changed from what really happened -- notably the show trial in the final episode was largely concocted. This is much more accurate than the article.
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