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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Un(s)even: Detective stories

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Torquato Tasso has been a forerunner in many fields. One of the most interesting fields is detective stories, which he liked to introduce in his epic poems as side plots. In Gerusalemme Liberata, Rinaldo (then renamed Riccardo/Richard in the Conquistata) suddenly disappears; later on, his armor is found with parts of a corpse inside; a boy tells that he witnessed Rinaldo's murder; further researches are carried on, etc.
In Il Mondo Creato we meet a sort of Kommissar Rex, a German TV series also successful in Italy: A dog helps investigators to recognize the killer of his owner. Tasso often maintains that animals, certain animals at least -- horses, dogs -- are endowed with intelligence.