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Tristes Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss
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Tristes Tropiques (1955)

by Claude Lévi-Strauss

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TRISTI TROPICI è il titolo di un libro di Lévi Strauss che si pone come obiettivo oltre al voler smentire la legenda dei tropici dalla vita facile, quello in cui si trovano affiancati numerosi generi letterari.
E’ un diario di viaggio nel quale egli annota le sue impressione e una serie di geniali considerazioni sul mondo primitivo amazzonico che risalgono al periodo del 1930.
Si trovano descrizioni in forma letteraria e brevi poemi tutti connotati da una forte malinconia, benchè non manchi umorismo e freschezza.
L’autore cerca di avere una visione completa dell’uomo attraverso la sua duplice esistenza di prodotto di cultura e particella di natura. La sua testimonianza si rivelerà come una delle più significative del nuovo romanticismo che il XX sec ha visto svilupparsi.
L’opera è attentamente ricostruita benché sembri scritta di getto e senza rispettare l’unità spazio temporale (passando dal mare alla savana, dalla miseria dell’amazzonia alla sovrappopolata Asia).
Lévi Strauss dichiara di aver trovato nell’etnografia (il cui oggetto di conoscenza sono le culture umane di tutti i luoghi) una storia che congiunge le estremità del mondo.
L’intenso interesse che ha nutrito per la geologia (scienza della terra in quanto tale) è chiaro sin da subito.
Strauss prospetta l’evoluzione delle culture verso l’uniformità come un semplice momento, considera la sua stessa persona non come “IO” ma come aggregazione temporanea di cellule, la quale non è he elemento del “noi”.
Fin dall’apertura, si ha un moto di ampliamento e levitazione del dibattito che ci conduce da ciò che l’autore riferisce della sua formazione personale fino al punto in cui dopo aver esaminato il valore del Buddhismo e averlo confrontato con altre religioni lascia il terreno della storia per approdare alla storia del mondo.
Giunto al termine di un viaggio attorno all’umanità egli conclude ponendo come bene supremo dell’uomo la capacità di sottrarsi momentaneamente alle avversità della storia
attraverso la contemplazione del legame che unisce la nostra specie con gli altri elementi della natura.
Al centro di questo giro vi sono le relazioni intrecciate in veste professionale con diverse tribù amerindie del Brasile dove le condizioni materiali sono tra le più rudimentali.
di Anna Carla Russo
  vecchiopoggi | Feb 14, 2016 |
Fantastic work! Scattered in time and space, full of diversions and opinion, this book captivated me from start to finish. ( )
  valerietheblonde | Aug 5, 2015 |
Gross generalisations, convenient stereotypes, fanciful but terribly flimsy structures of contrast or similarity and a spurious objectivity mask a real lack of interest in actually perceiving what is under the eye of the writer, except perhaps, the writer's own ego. This is Anthropology.

Anyone who thinks this book is not dated needs to stop only reading books written in the 1950s or earlier and get out more.

Alas ! Poor Orient! ( )
2 vote tomcatMurr | Mar 28, 2015 |
etnologia, kansatiede, antropologia, kielitiede, lingvistiikka, strukturalismi, structuralism, linguistics, anthropology, ethnology
  toissavuonna | Dec 31, 2014 |
One of the most extraordinary and rewarding books I've ever read, but those who thought they were going to get a mere travelogue or a work of "scientific" ethnography are bound to be disappointed. Its power comes from seeing a masterful mind at work on the problems of his own discipline, and then of his civilization, and finally, of his predicament as a human being. It is as existential in its exploration of the absurdity of that predicament as anything by Sartre. Amazing that he provides you with hundreds of pages of the most meticulous detail about particular cultures, and then wipes it all away at the end with a Gallic shrug and says - really none of this has any but the most elusive, contingent meaning, and it is of no use at all unless humans actually manage to learn from themselves how to make coherent societies. Which would mean, at the very least, to stop being forces of entropy ripping to shreds the negentropic systems which some of them, at least, had once respected. Anyone who thinks this work is dated has either not read it fully or not looked very closely at the world around him or her today. ( )
  CSRodgers | Aug 2, 2014 |
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Claude Lévi-Straussprimary authorall editionscalculated
Emonds, G.A.J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pechar, JiříTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Russell, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weightman, DoreenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Nec minus ergo ante haec quam tu cecidere, cadentque. Lucretius, De rerum natura, III, 969
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To Laurent
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I hate travelling and explorers.
Je hais les voyages et les explorateurs.
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Pourquoi et comment devient-on ethnologue ? Comment les aventures de l'explorateur et les recherches du savant s'intègrent-elles et forment-elles l'expérience propre à l'ethnologue ? C'est à ces questions que l'auteur, philosophe et moraliste autant qu'ethnographe, s'est efforcé de répondre en confrontant ses souvenirs parfois anciens, et se rapportant aussi bien à l'Asie qu'à l'Amérique.

Claude Lévi-Strauss souhaite ainsi renouer avec la tradition du voyage philosophique illustrée par la littérature depuis le XVIème siècle jusqu'au milieu du XIXème siècle, c'est à dire avant qu'une austérité scientifique mal comprise d'une part, le goût impudique du sensationnel de l'autre n'aient fait oublier qu'on court le monde, d'abord, à la recherche de soi.
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"I hate travelling and explorers," famously declared Claude Lévi-Strauss, but how fortunate for readers that he should overcome his loathing to write about his experiences among the indigenous peoples of the Brazilian interior, including the Caduveo, Bororo, and Nambikwara tribes. Those who know Lévi-Strauss and Tristes Tropiques by reputation only will be pleasantly surprised by the intimate tone that colors even its most precise anthropological sections, as well as the autobiographical passages at the beginning, in which the author recounts how he fell into his career and how, shortly after the Nazis occupied Paris, he was forced to flee to America in a grueling sea voyage. Twenty-five black-and-white photographs of tribespeople, as well as numerous line drawings, accompany the text.

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