Quotes from Davide Amante, literary representative of Expo 2015 Milan

We reached out to Davide Amante whom, during the Expo 2015 held in Milan was officially called as a representative of the cultural and literary environment, to ask him what are the first steps that a young author should take.
Mr. Amante what are the first steps a young author should follow? Believe in himself, nothing else than that.
And what do you think would be the best way or job a young author should find as he or she seeks success? Well there really is no answer to this: I never settled with a regular job anywhere, I was basically travelling. The distance didn’t matter. I was restless because I wanted to see the stars shining above and eventually the dawn. That’s always how I lived.

His novel ‘The Wallenberg Dossier’ is powerful and moving. Davide Amante is an influential author, renowned for his independence from the mainstream publishing industry, he has taught literature and has a trailblazing control on language.


Quotes from Davide Amante

She was no longer young but had crossed life, and the lines of her face, along with the sense of fluidity that she emanated in the way she moved, reflected the extent of her experiences and the long inner distance she must have travelled and which, in her body, had attained that perfect balance that in some is called age.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

The Danube, Mr. Wallenberg, is a demarcation line and not only in terms of geography but, shall we say, of soul.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

The fury of the Western Dream and all the possibility it carries, including its frightening accessibility. And, then, on the other side, the silence of the vast expanses of the East which sweep beyond the horizon towards the inaccessible, annihilating everything.
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You are searching for your own infinity, as every self-respecting man must.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

“But what are you looking for?”
“The possibility of dreams that lies under the Western sky.”
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This was the glass of displacement. He was relieved from the sharp and uncompromising perception of things, from the exasperating proximity of their limit. He began to feel a vague sense of distance.
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Breathlessness swept over as she sensed his presence behind her, that particular breed of untamed energy that she had always felt when she was with him and had never experienced since.
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As the vehicle crossed Queensboro Bridge, Robert and Mira held each other’s hand on the back seat, feeling completely free and alive before the city. The radio spoke of a spring morning and the driver caught glimpses in the rear vision mirror of an elderly couple full of wonder as they looked out the window and into each other’s eyes, knowing that now life was beginning before them, leading to that inconceivable extent of time which we call instant.
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For years he had wondered about such a moment, he had long imagined it. Naturally there was more than just the intensity of his feelings, but also questions. The coldness of her eyes was the most difficult thing. It had always been there, he had always sensed it but now, after all those years, it left him breathless. Thinking back on her gaze he experienced a sense of anguish similar to that sense of emptiness that he felt when confronted with life and he realised that while on one hand she could save him from that, at the same time she was the only person who could also take him towards that. He had always felt with her this constant sense of excitement, of living on the edge.
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Find a barroom and have a couple of drinks. That’s the best way to look after me.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

Budapest was a desolate place waiting to be captured, and herein lay its ultimate beauty. The city let itself go in snatched moments of laughter and poetry along the streets, in the repartee among the men in uniform, in dinners and private parties lived with no thought of tomorrow. Life was everywhere and could be found unpretentiously in the most unexpected corners.
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It was then, in a precise moment, that he savoured his solitude. The more undefined the shadows of those lands and the skyline in front of him became, the clearer in him grew the awareness of his own loneliness. And in that interminable solitude he found shelter. He knew no one would ever understand or even decipher how in such an inexplicable and temporary place, he had seen with exasperating clearness the layers of emptiness and life in front of him. But in that very moment he felt through solitude itself that essential and undefined desire to act and to move forward which is life.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

But in that very moment he felt through solitude itself that essential and undefined desire to act and to move forward which is life.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

An extremely ambitious businessman in a desperate country stands for excitement. And for danger.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

This place is full of terrible individuals and opportunists. Incidentally, some of them are also rather likeable
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Desperation insinuated itself everywhere, rendering dreams improbable and mornings uncertain.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

And the night itself was moving with the wind beyond the windows, dragging along beneath the stars the inevitability of the Danube and the silent extent of forest that lay beyond the river.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

Sophistication and simplicity were brought together in her in an arresting combination.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

The current that now ran between their eyes carried them beyond the room onto the night, reaching unlimited distances.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

He could see the skyline’s extent when she was near and the violent surge of blood in his veins that took everything back to a clear and savage state.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

“This city has no future.”
“I know.”
“And so, what are you looking for?”
“Exactly that. The absence of any future.”
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Above them flashes of starlit sky appeared among the enormous leafy branches.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

They shared a sense of lightness, as if they were suspended in a sky that belonged to them only.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

The wind carried the vast emptiness of the plains and open lands that extended into the distance, further even than the dark.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

“What are you looking for?”
“The unforeseen.”
“The unforeseen, Robert Wallenberg?”
“The unforeseen in life and what I don’t yet know.”
“This is something.”
“Your beauty is something.”
“Stay close to me.”
“I will.”
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

Purple dominated the sky, stretching across the clouds and the rain in such a way that droplets of colour, saturated with solitude and desire, seemed to wrap the entire city, its streets and the river.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

The scent of the nocturnal wind took him towards the life that lay ahead. The metallic pulse of the train’s wheels carried life forward as he opened his eyes wide into the night.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

The odour of the nighttime air mingled with the steam and the faint smell of oil that emanated from the train.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

If he had known the furious pace of his life in the months that lay ahead, Robert Wallenberg would have experienced that particular peace that a certain type of man finds only in unrest.
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His grandfather saw in the young boy’s eyes that courage and folly that neither of them ever alluded to but was the foundation for the success of the former and the unrest of the latter. As much as they were respected, both of them remained two isolated members within the compass of a great family that whilst not understanding them, nevertheless admired the success and power of the older man, and the independence and nonconformity of the younger.
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The car sped along the dirt road, leaving behind the past in the dust of its wake.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

He listened to the night’s wind with the window open, he savoured the hot July earth surrounding Budapest, he made a decision.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

This brief intimacy between the two of them excited her. She was attracted to Robert and his determination to such a point that she could imagine sharing a life with him.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

He recognised her by the dignified gait but she was wearing crumpled clothes and many things about her had changed since that first meeting at the villa a year before. All of a sudden the city seemed to expand and all things looked as though they had a place.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

Robert observed Mira from a distance and then moved closer to the point where he could smell her odour, see her breasts and feel that indefinable savage detachment from everything that her presence evoked in him like nothing else had ever done before. As Budapest rolled past through the windows he felt again that wild, indispensable thrust towards her he had felt the first time he met her.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

Now, once again, they were breathing the same air.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

For the second time she felt safe and secure and everything around her faded into insignificance. She was aware only of the muted noise of the city and the scent of the wind and she let herself be borne away by him without questioning anything.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

If, in its slow course across summer, the Danube had experienced that lightness and detachment that only Mira had been able to impart to Robert, then perhaps the entire river would have raised above the city and that boundless sky made of water, expanding to the limit of things, would have spilled over in endless droplets over Budapest, slowly washing away rage, war and time itself under the reflections of that incessant, cleansing rain.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

The river’s waters reflected their words under the clear sky.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

Robert saw the glittering and desperate intelligence in her eyes which others might have tried to reach without success, simply labelling it allure, but which for him was about to become love.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

Robert and Mira knew the risk and shared a transgression composed of courage and beauty.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

They spoke for hours under the soft night and every word seemed to amplify the space around them. A space so vast that it was no longer possible to understand its limits, because beyond it lay only their intimacy.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

There was something essential between them that neither of them had ever felt before. He smelt her odour mingled with that of the night.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

The moon filtered through the shutters creating lines of light on the sheet and pillows, intermittently illuminating Robert’s lips as they made their way down a naked, tensed body.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

They pushed forward the future to the point it lay far and became limitless.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

Mira had a calm and remote smile, almost as if she was aware of her boundless beauty.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

Robert knew that if he could reach the extent of her smile and possess her body, in that very moment he would reach the meaning of life itself.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

They had found love for life through the love they shared for their own bodies.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

In the same way that the warm summer air cast a haze making everything appear blurred and fluid, so he felt with her that everything was constantly moving and acquiring a perspective. Even the tables in the bar terrace and the place itself seemed, in their simplicity, to be made from a different substance.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

In a city teeming with heat, water and desire, they loved each other and discovered the burning need to possess each other’s body. They lived to undress and stay naked in a room.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

I’m particularly fascinated by this city and by its drift towards melancholy.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

“I mean what you find on the outskirts of the city where I’ve been a couple of times by car. You’ll have noticed a sort of undefined and unpredictable disorder that seems to belong not just to the people living there but also to things in general.”
“And what do you find so interesting in this disorder as you call it?”
“Wonder”
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

He represented all that they aspired to: power, wealth, style, irony and success. Qualities innate to him but which for them comprised a lofty but unrealistic ambition. A simple gesture such as drawing a pen from the pocket to sign a document with his gaze elsewhere was enough for them to under-stand that they could never hope to have what he possessed.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

They were vaguely in awe of him and their behaviour contained a subtle deference that is to be found in men who conform to the ideas of their time, lacking any freedom of spirit.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

They left travelling straight through the city, accompanied by a line of white soft clouds which led to the summer’s skyline.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

If a man knew what moves beyond the limits of life, maybe he would attribute more importance to certain signs and unexpected events which every now and then life finds many ways to bring in his path. And if it is love to which we attribute the highest value in life then it would be possible to imagine that love itself is the very thing capable of piercing the sky and surviving beyond time with unaltered intensity, reaching us when we most need it.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

Mira slowly opened Robert’s shirt, kissing him each time she undid a button. “I love your strength,” she said as she exposed his shoulder and kissed his arm. “I love your gaze,” she continued as she kissed his eyes. “I love your thoughts,” touching her mouth to his forehead. “I love your passion,” she murmured, opening up his shirt and kissing his chest.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

“You do not appear to see the perfect order of this project.”
“What I do see is the beautiful imperfection of life’s disorder.”
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

“And what do you find so fascinating about this unrest?”
“The undefined melancholy that pushes me to live without limits.”
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

But whereas the Gestapo were viewing that life as incomprehensibly disordered or irregular, it possessed an intense order in the thoughts and heart of Mira. This because Robert let himself be guided by her in the poetry of things. And simplicity, that clarity of soul composed of unforeseeable threads of gossamer, carried them through the summer like the gentlest gust of wind.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

Suspended above the ground, they moved along together leaving behind the dust of their love, that inevitable dust created by misunderstanding, words unspoken, fears, confessions destined to remain behind them but nonetheless so necessary so that they could feel free.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

Reflections of water on the banks of the Danube caught glimpses of the looks they shared, looks containing the absolute courage with which they were living their lives. Each of them had placed themselves in the other’s hands.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

From here one can understand that Moscow contains traces of infinity. Extent, Mr. Wallenberg, Russian extent. The territories of this land reach beyond the limits of imagination and this has an effect on the appreciation of things.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

“Madness, Kartashov, is that ordered way those men you find outside these windows go about their organised lives. The only real madness is that of wanting to give an order or sense to things. The desperate attempt by men to disguise their weakness.”
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

If there was one thing age had brought him it was the awareness that unrest and the quest for the unexpected were the only things that made sense.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

The certainty of his death had become, at this stage, the certainty of her life, because she had found in that man belonging to the past something reliable that kept her away from the fury of the life around her: in a sense, he was still protecting her.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

Robert smiled and reached out a hand to adjust her hair in a gesture that no other man could have replicated and that she would have allowed no other man to try.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

They remained in their embrace, far from time, distant from everything yet so alive to feel near everything.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

They walked out of the airport. Mira shook her arm to summon a taxi and Robert noted the way she pulled herself up slightly on tiptoe as if to appear taller. That simple gesture aroused a tenderness in him just as it had so often in Budapest and more than any dress or make up could have, it moved aside the years to reveal the insecurity of a young girl.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

As the vehicle crossed Queensboro Bridge, Robert and Mira held each other’s hand on the back seat, feeling completely free and alive before the city. The radio spoke of a spring morning and the driver caught glimpses in the rear vision mirror of an elderly couple full of wonder as they looked out the window and into each other’s eyes, knowing that now life was beginning before them, leading to that inconceivable extent of time which we call instant.
Davide Amante, The Wallenberg Dossier

 

 

 

 

 

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