Biography of Emilio Salgari (1862-1911)

Italian novelist, born in Verona on August 22, 1862 and died in Turin on April 25, 1911.

In his youth he/she devoted himself to journalism, but attracted by his love to the sea and the adventures, studied nautical and then traveled for some years, but the longest of their travel was only of Venice to Brindisi. At the time he/she decided to devote himself to writing and to success, was devoted entirely to literature. He/She lived in Sampadierna and in Turin during the last years of his life, an era in which serious family trouble and economic difficulties made him collapse serious neurasthenia which led him to suicide.

It was for his generation that Jules Verneand Mayne Reid had been for the of half a century ago, since, although less well educated than they, knew to narrate the most extraordinary adventures. In thirty years of activity he/she wrote eighty-five novels and one hundred tales. Novels were published serials in magazines and illustrated newspapers, among which were counted L'Arena or La valigia, whose numbers waiting in suspense youth and adults to see "how things would end up".

Current criticism considered the literature of Salgari's little literary value and reproaches him the use of fixed formulas: repetitions, assonances, contradictions... An example would be the descriptions of Sandokan and El Corsario Negro, which could be twins; the first is followed by Yanez, Kammamuri, Tremal-Naik and his loyal Tigers, while still the Black Corsair Carmaux and Van Stiller, all the faithful brethren of the coast. The love of Sandokan is for Mariana, the Pearl of Labuan, while the Black Corsair Honorata, Flemish Duchess. Sandokan attracted the hatred of Mel Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak; the enemy of the Black Corsair is Van Guld, Governor of Maracaibo... Even so, it is possible to find differences between the two: Sandokan is a force of nature, loyal, generous, and fearless; without embarago, the Black Corsair has a more complex personality, is more reflective, more meditative. It is, essentially, the image of the man dominated by a single idea: the revenge.

Readers of all countries have been fascinated by the "stormy nights", by terrible hurricanes "that shake with violence to the small boats as straws" and by collisions, duels, smoking cannons, deployed ships sails, as well as the chalupas that glide path to the shore, seagulls who plan on water, sailboats that ply stormy seasbattling giant waves, bright scimitars and kriss sharp and deadly.

Throughout the world, despite their poor literary quality, hundreds of readers have been captivated by Salgari. In other words, could not explain the success that, almost a century after these works saw light, had movies and television series based on them: film production of Sandokan gave an unexpected popularity the Indian actor Kabir Bedi. In addition, there was also a splendid renewal of the literary production of Salgari, with reprints of his works in several editions and with reductions in comics.

Other famous works are: the castaways of the Oregon; Pirates of the Malaysia; The Black Corsair series, which was then the Queen of the Caribbean; The reconquest of Mompracen, etc.

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