Salvatore Satta

Salvatore Satta

Salvatore Satta, a renowned lawyer and university professor, was consigned to the history of literature after the post-mortem publication of his masterpiece Il giorno del giudizio (1977), where he coined a concise and grim definition for Nuoro, his hometown, through his synthetic ornithological metaphor: "nest of crows". His severe and irreverently rigorous judgment was certainly legitimized by the opinion that he formed during the years of his youth, when he directly knew the town’s observers and actors and its deepest social and cultural aspects. This definition undoubtedly left to posterity the disenchanted and unforgettable portrait of a microcosm, of a world, of a symbol (in its ontological and elusive senselessness) of existence in its entirety. His artistic legacy, albeit posthumously, is as important as his work as a lecturer for well-known Italian faculties from the 1930s, and his contributions to civil procedural law – his Commentario (1959-1971) is famous and monumental - and the heartfelt remarks on the dramatic five-year period of Italian history between 1940 and 1945 (De profundis). A complex intellectual, who was sometimes elusive and not always popular, that “seriously died", but that has never actually died.

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