In May and September 1976, two severe earthquakes ripped through north-eastern Italy, causing severe damage to the landscape and its population.About a thousand people died under the rubble, tens of thousands were leftwithout shelter, and many ended up leaving their homes in Friuli forever. Thedisplacement of material as a result of the earthquakes was enormous. Newterrain was formed that reflects the force of the catastrophe and captures thefundamentals of natural history. But it is far more difficult to find expressionfor the human trauma, the experience of an abruptly shattered existence.
InRombo, seven inhabitants of a remote mountain village talk about their lives,which have been deeply impacted by the earthquake that has left marks theyare slowly learning to name. From the shared experience of fear and loss, thethreads of individual memory soon unravel and become haunting and movingnarratives of a deep trauma.
Imprint: Fitzcarraldo Editions
Publication date: 05/10/2022