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For some, picking mushrooms is a relaxing autumn pastime. For Long Litt Woon it is a form of healing, a way to return to life.
When Long Litt Woon, a Malaysian anthropologist who for decades transplanted to Oslo for love, unexpectedly loses her husband Eiolf, her existence empties itself of all meaning and is engulfed in a bubble of apathy. To open the perspective on a new and full life is the almost accidental participation in a course of mycology for beginners: the discovery of the world of mushrooms begins to awaken all five senses in her by slowly leading her on two parallel paths, the concrete one that it winds between the scents and colors of the Norwegian woods - but also of the distant Central Park - and the tiring inner path of mourning. The book alternates the narration, which is more dry and true, of an intimate and painful affair and the heated, vital, joyful account of the exploration of a complex and mysterious natural kingdom and of the eccentric human community that inhabits it. , the people of mushroom makers, with its rules, its rituals and its obsessions. With the rigorous gaze of the anthropologist who has now become an expert mycologist, Long Litt Woon helps us to juggle competently between morels, toothpicks and malevolent eggs and at the same time to reflect on national peculiarities and cultural prejudices in which a topic that you would like is wrapped scientific. But above all, it excites us by immersing ourselves in the human depth of a woman who has been able to transform a passion into a lifeline.
TITOLO ORIGINALE: OM SVAMPE OG SORG: STIEN TILBAGE TIL LIVET
PRIMA EDIZIONE: SETTEMBRE 2019
TRADUZIONE DI: ALESSANDRO STORTI
NUMERO DI COLLANA: 316