Offscapes: Beyond the Limits of Urban Landscape

by Valeria Reggi, Vincenzo Bagnoli


Poetry from Trafika Europe Books
Translated from Italian

With brilliant poetry and photographs, this exploration of abandoned spaces by Italian poet Vincenzo Bagnoli and photographer/translator Valeria Reggi achieves a startling and sensitive vision — of where we have arrived perhaps, in an architected modern society that has partly lost its way.
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online book | 156 pages | includes more than 100 photographs
fully bilingual (English and Italian)
Trafika Europe Books

Offscapes exist “in the backwater of the outer city”. It is here where buildings passively survive, once active in the production of goods and now abandoned to their destiny of desolation, disrepair and ruin. This is the subject of the dialogue between text and images, between Vincenzo Bagnoli and Valeria Reggi. A dialogue in which the written word directs the reader through the photographs; not a relationship of preconceived complicity, but rather an attempt to interpret this noose-like progress through the written word. A dialogue which highlights the lack of reciprocity between workplaces and those who once occupied them; not a single person is present, save for the evident crowd of the absent. A dialogue composed of unfinished stories, presumed behaviour, lost glances, layers of accumulated dust of “grey personal archaeologies”. Without movement, nor gesture, not even a trace of the life that once ran through these places. All the buildings have been “removed from the event horizon”, inert, switched off. Off, full stop.

Italian poetry by Vincenzo Bagnoli, translated by Valeria Reggi in collaboration with Derek Jones; preface by Antonio Alberto Clemente.

This book is being offered for purchase as a Trafika Europe Books online publication. This gorgeous volume is in the same form and of the same high quality which you have come to expect from the Trafika Europe quarterly journal online. Upon purchase, you will be given a link with permission to access and enjoy this as an online volume from all your devices — includes free download capability. Be sure to provide an email address on the Checkout page notes when ordering.

You can read the long poem from this book, “Orpheus in the Underworld 1999 (Dead Times)” and enjoy some of its photographs, excerpted in Trafika Europe 4.

Vincenzo Bagnoli (b. Bologna, Italy, 1967). After playing in a rock band and working for various magazines and in local broadcasting, he spent a period at University doing research and teaching. He is also the author of a number of essays and books on literary criticism (including Lo spazio del testo. Paesaggio e conoscenza nella modernità letteraria, Pendragon 2003). One of the founders of «Versodove, rivista di letteratura», he has published several collected poems: 33 giri stereo LP (Gallo & Calzati, 2004; music by Nicola Bagnoli), FM – onde corte (Bohumil, 2007; drawings by Giacomo Della Maria) and Deep Sky (d’If, 2007) He also wrote lyrics for the album “Bologna ‘67-’77” of the rock band Stratten (NML, 2014) and the texts of the graphic novel Outlandos by Elena Guidolin (Giuda, 2016)

Valeria Reggi (b. Milan, Italy, 1966). A translator, specialising in literature and science, she works with universities and business enterprises, and is currently working on her PhD research in Translation Studies at University College London. Valeria has published translations, reviews and literary articles for both Italian and English publishers. She carries and has continually cultivated a family passion for design and photography, focusing her attention upon the most fleeting and hidden aspects of everyday life.

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