Vi racconto di Lemma Press

 

Mi sono imbattuta nel mondo della casa editrice  Lemma press un paio di anni fa e ho subito avuto la sensazione di entrare in un luogo votato alla bellezza. Te ne accorgi dai titoli, dallo stile, dall’approccio essenziale, professionale. Ne ho avuto conferma dal suo ideatore, Nicola Baudo con il quale ho avuto piacere di chiacchierare qualche giorno fa.

L’idea di fondo di Lemma nasce da una scintilla “filosofica”: una parola kantiana che indica la conclusione di un ragionamento e l’inizio di un altro. Da questa suggestione filosofica nasce l’idea del processo, della partenza e della ripartenza,  all’insegna della rigenerazione; un messaggio che mai come oggi appare attuale e fecondo.  L’ideatore è infatti filosofo, ha vissuto tra la Francia e l’Italia e ha avviato l’avventura con Lemma Press nel 2015.

Il Fondatore di Lemma Press, Nicola Baudo

Ed è proprio da Platone che partiamo per ricostruire il “concept” della casa editrice e della sua offerta culturale:  la semplicità e accessibilità delle opere platoniche, a fronte della densità filosofica del contenuto  – e vengono fuori quelle straordianrie pagine del Simposio – come chiavi di lettura del progetto.  I classici sono opere senza tempo che riescono a sopravvivere alle mode, alle tendenze letteraie e  a rivolgere sempre una parola al presente. Gli autori di Lemma press sono infatti autori classici o che posseggono l’ossatura dei classici.

Creare libri di qualità ma dialoganti con un pubblico ampio e diversificato è l’obiettivo della casa: le collane sono state pensate come contenitori piuttosto che secondo un criterio tematico. I generi in catalogo comprendono sia romanzi che saggistica, racconti brevi, opere teatrali, tutti stampati in carta ecologica di altissima qualità.

 

 

Tra i numerosi titoli si ha l’imbarazzo della scelta, ma mi piace segnalare  Cioran di Bernd Mattheus, un ritratto inedito del grande scrittore, Strannik di Macjei Belawskij  che indaga il percorso spriturale dello strannik protagonista dei Racconti di un pellegrino russo,  La selva oscura di Gianni Vacchelli,  che ho avuto il piacere di intervistare, (La selva oscura. Dante secondo Gianni Vacchelli)  autore di un saggio che fa emergere nuove e interessanti prospettive  ermeneutiche  della Divina Commedia o il prezioso  Il sipario era alzato, testimonianze di vario genere, dalle lettere agli appunti, raccolte per la prima volta in unico volume che disvela la profonda impronta della vita di palcoscenico sull’immaginario di Charles Baudelaire.

Un saggio di cui mi sono perdutamente innamorata e che per me rappresenta il fiore all’occhiello del catalogo è Calligrafie di Konstantin Baršt, un’opera unica nella storia dell’editoria: i taccuini di Dostoevskij, in parte inediti assoluti, riprodotti per la prima volta in dimensioni originali e con totale fedeltà cromatica. Oltre 200 illustrazioni, 150 manoscritti dell’autore ricoperti da ritratti, architetture “gotiche”, arabeschi e prove calligrafiche, presentati da Konstantin Baršt, il loro più autorevole studioso. Basterebbe questo testo, che per russisti e slavisti costituisce una perla assoluta e che grazie a Lemma press è oggi possibile leggere in italiano, a fare di questo catalogo uno scrigno di preziosità assolute.

 

 

 

Il libro “in sospeso”

A proposito di un libro concepito durante la quarantena, che sta per uscire e che ha dovuto adattarsi alle misure restrittive, Nicola Baudo mi parla di un testo davvero “gustoso” : DICIOTTO ORE CON UN MOCCIOSO di Talbot Baines Reed a cura di John Meddemmen, due racconti di un autore inglese vissuto in epoca vittoriana.  Essi rientrano nel novero della letteratura per l’infanzia, ma senza possedere l’ impacatura moralistica rigida tipica di quell’epoca: il resoconto di un viaggio di un adolescente in treno con tutti gli imprevsiti del caso e il taccuino di viaggio di una scalata di montagna, una sorta di ‘pillola’ del grande romanzo di formazione. L’aspetto interessante è che la narrazione si svolge in prima persona e ciò conferisce un ritmo e una freschezza che sono determinanti nel restituire la visione dei protagonisti, i ragazzi alle prese con le avventure della vita, i dubbi, gli sbagli, le scelte. Lo stile, squisitamente british rende queste letture davvero appetibili e adatte a un pubblico variegato. Il libro è di prossima pubblicazione. Di seguito un estratto:

Mi rende troppo nostalgico ricordare cose come Qui nella grotta amena o Zefiri gentili, soffiate, soffiate. Mi viene in mente che, da quando sono arrivato qui, il vento è calato. Peccato! Mi teneva compagnia quando lo sentivo tutt’intorno. Ora c’è un tale silenzio che ti fa rabbrividire. In effetti, si dice che le cime delle montagne siano frequentate da spiriti. Lo Scarfell Pike lo è di sicuro e lo spettro sono io.

 

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