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The Crocodile Tree

The path of an English teacher from Bucharest, Bebe Boian, in his attempts to integrate in Italy, in Bologna, as a companion of Elia, a forty-three-year-old Italian, paralyzed and forced to live in a wheelchair since adolescence, is intertwined with the theme of disability, in all its forms: from physical, to mental, social, psychological, structural disability. Between rejection and inclusion, discrimination and inclusion, ebb and flow, going from point A to point B, the possibilities are endless and involve not just understanding or acceptance, but the total overlap of Selfs. Experiencing death, not necessarily as an irreparable fact, but experiencing it conceptually (from groping to possibility, from animate to inanimate, from potential to canceled) is the key to the transformation of the two characters. Evolution means mutability, and the exit from the labyrinth is not linear, it is arborescent and symmetrical. The metaphor of the "crocodile tree" implies, in addition to confronting one's own life as such, that in order to evolve, one must first let oneself be devoured. Disability, handicap exists, in nut, in every person and in every character, it exists in fiction, as it exists in reality; its integration into one's own being does not necessarily depend on acceptance or rejection, but on deep understanding, on embedding it in the intimate substance, both horizontally and vertically. The ebb and flow of Boian's existence, which carries him, meandering, from Bucharest to Bologna, reaching the distant and mysterious south of Calabria and Sicily, intertwines, capriciously like the tangle of branches of a tree, not only with the lives of others, but penetrates deep into the animal and plant kingdoms. And yet where does the road lead? Does it have a beginning and an end? Do we keep our eyes on the ground or dare we look over the wall? And if we dare to jump to the other side, do we look back or not?

Book no.2
Book no.1
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