Alessandro Mezzena Lona, Lucio Saffaro, una scrittura lontana dal caoso, il Piccolo, 9th October 2011

To give a logical order to artistic creation. To cancel, in brief, imagination from disorder and chaos, in order to make it dialogue with reason. Lucio Saffaro has dreamt all his life long about creating a solid bridge between art and sciences, between literature and mathematics. Despite that, he did not want to block his great desire of writing, of painting, using too much strict schemes……… He graduated in Physics, he was born in Trieste in 1929; he spent a large part of his existence in Bologna, from 1945 till his death in 1998. He was forced to have a double life to a certain extent. "I kept - he said during an interview given to the "Piccolo" in 1992 – on coming back to Trieste, and not only on the occasion of my several personal exhibitions. However, Bologna became my second home town". Saffaro's name is maybe still much more related to the artistic activity. For his several exhibitions; for the creation of drawings of fractals on canvas. That is, the creation of those geometrical figures coming from the splitting and the infinite repetition of an initial shape, on a small-size base. Actually, he has always admitted that the interest in writing came first, also before that in Maths. «When I was twelve or thirteen, I would already write entire but small literary works, with a scientific structure». Now, it's not astonishing that among his unpublished papers we found a sort of narration in form of a poem with a strange title: "Disputa cometofantica" (150 pages, 18 euros). Luca Sossella, the publisher, has decided to publish it together with Fondazione Lucio Saffaro of Bologna. The book is accompanied with "Appunti d'archivio" by Gisella Vismara and with "La duplice unità della luce", a great introdution essay by Flavio Ermini. This is a text, characterized by a long and complex preparation; Saffaro is supposed to have begun that in 1971 and finished it in 1985. And he then reedited that, ten years later, naming it with the strange title "Disputa cometofantica". Even though Saffaro's book apparently contains every element of a narration romance, such as the plot, the characters and the landscape, "Disputa" actually goes on with a nearly poetic structure, written using short and very short sentences split and numbered. It links in some ways with the erudite antique writings. It goes on with utterances, revelations, but also with negations and doubts. It tries to give voice to the original time when everything began. «Prima che la vela del tempo raccorci il simulacro vivente, tentiamo di salire sugli spalti del caso, dove anche un solo pensiero è ombra di Dio». It starts from the mystery of existence, from that great question mark of life, linked to the beginning of things, and to Saffaro's "Disputa". And from that, sentence by sentence, reasoning by reasoning, it tries to reach the old "sophia", the previous knowledge which stands at the birth of philosophy. It concludes, then, with some interlocutory answers, generating another doubts and another questions. Questions, however, that never give up on the fact of "not knowing". «L'origine dell'origine è una successione infinita che tende al nulla, anche se dal nulla stesso fu originata». Saffaro's "Disputa" becomes a research that cannot accept just the easily revealed truth, under the readers' eyes. «Grado per grado si svela l'indicibile: e quando tutto è stato detto, l'indicibile riappare dall'inizio».