A life in the mountains

Goretta Traverso A life among the Alpine mountains Studio

Author: Goretta Taverso


Publisher: Alpine Studio (Lecco)

Necklace: Beyond the border

New edition, revised and expanded: October 2012
Format: cm 16x24 - 270 pages - Hardcover - Illustrations: color photos and B / N

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Si is a new edition of the book published in 1996 by DeAgostini. This new edition has the advantage of being revised and expanded by the author, Goretta Traverso, who wanted to make a further tribute to her husband, Renato Casarotto (died 1986, falling into a crevasse at the foot of K2), adding all the most significant of the Veneto Dolomites climbing champion. Among the strongest climbers in the world, with its own strict ethical Casarotto he has practiced an extreme mountaineering, engaging in solitary and harsh winter that have marked the history of mountaineering. A mountaineering her, which required, in addition to a large physical force, an extraordinary inner strength, which in her case also stemmed from the good relationship he had with the Goretta wife. The book is narrated in two voices. In practice the same events are viewed from two different perspectives, that of Renato - it comes from his diaries - and that of Goretta, waiting for him supporting him to base camps. This preparation allows to compare points of view and, above all, the different visions and feelings about the events. The reader will notice how the parts written by Renato are in tune with the typical literature of mountain climbing, alternating emotions with technicalities, while the more conspicuous of the book, written by Goretta is completely different. In the Goretta written emerges entire female sensitivity, which results in a kind of novel life. His gaze rests on the details, on the things that generally in the typical alpine narratives, drugged by testosterone or seasoned by the rhetoric, escape or rather, are suffocated by the concentration on the goal. In this book, the female point of view emerges with determination and becomes added value, I would say fundamental beauty of the book. The details, those that generally take a back seat, or escape altogether, here often become the starting point on which to base reflections Goretta Traverso puts pen to paper, giving aphorisms worthy of great philosophy. On the other hand, Renato Casarotto climbing, often brought to the human limit, provided no little material on which to existential reflections. As was the case with solo climb to McKinley, during which Renato had transcendental experiences, which changed even his character. Casarotto came out of that experience with deep philosophical thoughts about the meaning of life and even the meaning of the symbols and the narrowness of language ... "stuff" by Carl Jung, I would say. Then there are the disturbing premonitions, had by both protagonists of the book of fate he went to meet Renato on that tragic 1986, which must also coincides with the end of the book. It must be said, that Goretta was very good in describing the last hours of Casarotto, because even if its end is known, she was able to transmit a tension worthy of a thriller, as well as to instill to the reader all the commotion of those dramatic moments. The book is not only drama, indeed, is peppered with many amusing anecdotes, such as the "bucket" at the Hotel Davis in Pakistan, I leave the reader want to find out. In short, a book to read, that in view of the revision, also suggest to the owners of the first edition. The only drawback, some spelling mistakes too.


Raffaele Morandini

(February 2014)