Wednesday 11 January 2017

God behind the horror

The Osservatore Romano is getting a new look. Already for some time now there is a monthly magazine, very well done, called simply DONNE CHIESA MONDO - not only very well done, but extremely well done, with wonderful pictures of paintings by people like Marc Chagall. Recently I spotted also a new kind of weekly edition, called L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO: IL SETTIMANALE - some colour most black and white, but once again with extremely well chosen photos and pictures of paintings.

One article called "Dio dietro l'horror" caught my attention (seems to be by Dario Fertilio, L'O.R. Settimanale giovedì 5 gennaio 2017, p. 17). The "subtitle" reads: Very striking in Stephen King the way he just cannot get away from the religious theme. To the point that his books would be incomprehensible without it. In "The little girl who loved Tom Gordon," Trisha is lost in a forest, and knows her end is near. She searches her mind for some prayer, but her father, a typical average American, has not given her a religious compass. When Trisha tries to say the Our Father, the words come out "shapeless and distorted". She remembers that when she insisted with her father, he confided that he believed only in the "Subaudible" or What is below the threshold of hearing (I wonder what the original English of this is). The Subaudible: something that is like the continuous buzz of electrical resistances or the noise of traffic: you get so used to it that you don't hear it anymore, but it is there. that was his faith in the Subaudible, or, more solemnly, in "a mysterious unconscious force directed towards the good." But the little girl was not satisfied, and now, alone in the forest, a thought passes through her mind: "I cannot pray to a sound. I just cannot."

It is striking that Stephen King, an otherwise typical representative of liberal America, cannot get away from the religious theme. The 8 volumes of the The Black Tower follow the same theme: who lives at the very top of this inaccessible tower in the middle of a paradise field of roses? And what drives the protagonists to face the worst monsters, real and imagined, risking their life to complete this mission of discovery? On 17 February we can expect Nicolaj Arcel's movie on The Black Tower - sounds like something out of Tolkien to me, but I guess it is not.

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