Il libro dei Segreti di Enoch (Italian Edition)
Just like Conrad, Mario Benzing was grown up in a multilingual environment, speaking German as mother-tongue, then English and French, but choosing afterwards Italian as his adoptive language in his new adoptive fatherland. This one was a very special Corps, distinguished by its patriotic ardour, almost by its fury in fighting; these soldiers were charged to face the most dangerous actions in the front line, often with steel weapons. It is almost impossible to imagine a German fighting under Italian flags against the Austrian Army!
In summer during a bloody battle on the East—Italian Front he was wounded by a stab and by chance he was taken to the same military hospital in Milan where Ernest Hemingway too in the same period was a patient and he made his acquaintance. In he married Giovanna Raschi. After the war, he remained in Italy and he began his literary activity.
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He wrote some novels in Italian we know his detective story Il mago del Mottarone, published in , and La ridda del filo nero, unpublished , biographies of historical figures as Cleopatra, Messalina and the Queen Christina of Sweden. Above all he worked as a literary translator from English, German and French, writing for many publishing houses; often was he forced to sign as Mario Benzi, because of the nationalistic laws of the Fascist period, which imposed Italian names.
So here we have a German who translated English masterworks in Italian! From until we may list about 80 translations by Mario Benzing now available in the Italian libraries. As far as Conrad is concerned, Mario Benzing translated:.
But a cruel destiny was waiting for this passionate German who spent his life in popularising English novels among the Italian public, in a very difficult period, against the increasing nationalistic impositions of a dictatorial regime, bearing the hardship and the sacrifices of the war-time and the consequent crisis of the publishing market.
Summer Some friends inform Mario Benzing that a bombing air-raid on Milan is imminent. In a great hurry Mario Benzing arranged for his wife and two sons to be evacuated in the countryside, far from the town. Large parts of the town were destroyed. Among them, the historical Teatro alla Scala, the Royal Palace, 55, ancient volumes in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana were destroyed by fire.
After the bombing attack he went up again on the road. The whole town was on fire.
An incendiary bomb was fallen upon his house breaking it in two. From the street Mario Benzing saw the fire which began to burn his large library, the treasure of a whole life, his own works and many historical editions, the heritage of his family, ancient illustrated books about ships and sailing, which were his sources of sea-terms… In vain he called for help.
No fireman in such a tremendous night, among the desperate shouts of the injured and cries of survivors was there to help to rescue books instead of wounded. Book after book, the whole library and then the whole house were burnt down. Mario Benzing, utterly powerless, saw it being completely destroyed. He saved all what was left to him, his typewriter, and left on foot for the countryside.
Many books and many libraries in Milan went lost that night, so that it is very difficult to find now in Italy a book by Mario Benzing. Irony of a cruel fate: British bombs destroyed the works of one among the most prolific pioneers of the diffusion of modern English literature in Italy.
He worked as translator of technical subjects for a big industry, forever leaving English literature. He was friend of many scholars and artists, as composer Umberto Giordano. He played for his pleasure the piano and a special six-chord banjo. He died in Milan on November 30th, Mario Benzing, Il mago del Mottarone , Milano , Mario Benzing, La ridda del filo nero , unpublished. Mario Benzi, Cleopatra, , Milano , Mario Benzi, La regina Cristina, , Milano , Mario Benzi, Messalina , Milano , Vicki Baum, La via del palcoscenico , Milano, Guy Boothby, Il maleficio del serpente, Bologna, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan genio della giungla , Milano, Lewis Carroll, Alice nel paese delle meraviglie , Milano, Joseph Conrad, La linea d'ombra , Milano, Joseph Conrad, L'aquila ferita Suspense , Milano, Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim , Milano, John Alexander Ferguson, Geraldine l'oscura , Milano, George Goodchild, Mister X , Milano, Anna Katharine Green, Ho voluto uccidere,.
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