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The territory of "Parco Culturale Giuseppe Dessì" embraces the provinces of Medio Campidano and Iglesias-Carbonia, in the South West of Sardinia.
The area, entitled "Parte d’Ispi" by the writer in his work, presents itself as a unique specimen inside of which multiple and single realities coexist.
The institutional history of dates and events intertwines with the history of the characters from his books: farmers, shepherds, miners, landlords, entrepreneurs; men, women and children belonging to a land of traditions and history dating from the distant past. In his work, Dessi knew exactly how to capture and present a Sardinia, that was not wrapped up in the myth of the wild island, but immersed in history; also using this approach, his master piece entitled Paese d’ombre, winner of the "Premio Strega", 1972.
A trip to Villacidro, birth place of the writer and other realities narrated in his books, following the very same itinerary included in his work the visitor is given a key to out of the ordinary, immensely charming and surprising literature that talks about a part of Sardinia that conserves a rich historical, cultural and environmental patrimony, from the mountains to the sea, from the mines to the fields.
In Dessì’s works, the places do not have a real
physical dimension, but a great evocative capacity:
they awaken sensations and feelings, rouse emotions, create atmosphere...
It is not necessary to locate, individuate or exactly place these places and these atmospheres to visit or discover them: all one has to do is look... and love...
The imaginary poems move amongst the rich environmental patrimony, culture, traditions, history and prehistory that render the island a charming and at moments mysterious world: those places, decidedly imaginary, enriched by literary "magic" are all visitable in he towns at the park: Villacidro, Guspini, Arbus, Buggerru, Fluminimaggiore and San Gavino.