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I’m going to live in the countryside: A monologue by Michele Serra

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Torino, Italy

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September 27th at 19:00 in your time zone

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The countryside has become the ultimate escape. Nature is what we are and what we no longer know ourselves to be, a kind of open-air unconscious, clearly visible and yet unseen.

Rural landscapes are present all around us but relegated to the past, an agricultural past that has been buried alive beneath the excesses of comfortable, industrial living. The techno-industrialization of food has created an ever-widening gulf between rural and urban realities. Today, we can live in a city and eat as much as we like without ever seeing a field being plowed, feeding a chicken, or inhaling a whiff of manure.

Living and working in the countryside—believing in its divine indifference to the 24-hour news cycle, learning to savor its apparently crude lack of urbanity and to admire the seemingly backward vocations of its inhabitants—is an opportunity to return to the womb of human existence.


Michele Serra spent most of his life in Milan but now lives in the Apennines. A journalist, author, and playwright, he writes the column “L’Amaca” for la Repubblica and the newsletter “Ok Boomer!” for Il Post. Among his latest books is Le cose che bruciano (Things that burn), published by Feltrinelli in 2019.

This event is free and open to all who are interested. To participate, please book a spot on the website (just click on the “Register” button on the event page and leave your email address). We recommend arriving at the Arena 10 minutes before the start of the event. The organizers reserve the right to reassign your seat if you are not present within 5 minutes of the start.

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is presented by Slow Food, the City of Turin, and the Piedmont Region. We look forward to seeing you at Parco Dora in Turin from Thursday, September 26 – Monday, September 30. Through food, we can rediscover ourselves as part of nature. #TerraMadre2024.

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Piemonte – Torino - Parco Dora, Parco Dora – Joannah Stutchbury Arena
Ingresso Corso Mortara - Torino (Italy)
GPS: 45.0901115, 7.672939

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