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EUGENIO GHERSI - ON THE PLATEU OF EGO THIN

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     Important publication for all lovers and scholars from a now disappeared Tibet, accompanied by a photographic apparatus of considerable value, the book fills an editorial gap and gives justice on the "foundations" of the famous Cronaca della spedizione italiana nel Tibet occidentale, published by the Reale Accademia d’Italia in 1934, signed by Ghersi and his head of mission, the great Italian orientalist Giuseppe Tucci. The text was in fact re-released in 2006 by Neri Pozza publisher with unreasonable choices, beginning with the title - Dei, demoni e oracoli. La leggendaria spedizione in Tibet del 1933 - up to the decision to remove the names of Ghersi as co-author, his memory in the introduction and omitting illustrations and map, to conclude with a questionable introductory essay, far from the spirit and teaching of Tucci . more >>>

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BEFORE THE SNOW

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Set: the beech trees and the red and yellow fir trees of the Val Dei Mocheni, an enclave in Trentino where the ancient German dialect has been preserved in the memory of some of the locals. Action! A film about fatherhood, about the father and son relationship, about childhood and growing up. About man and about the relationship with a vigorous landscape replete with colours, fragrances and shifting scenarios. A relationship that even today can be as fertile and rewarding as it was meant to be. more >>>

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HANDS

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Hands in action, hands that bear the signs of action. Hands at prayer: in some places, prayer remains sacred, an action made with the whole body, through gestures. Hands that touch and clasp: hands soiled by life. Hands that touch and clasp in the original, time-honoured gesture of recognition towards another. Hands worn by time and the elements. Little hands reaching out to larger hands. It may be a coincidence, but all of these hands have been pictured in Asia and Africa, far from our Western world, where our hands now do little more than tap away on a keyboard. Over the years, the eye of the heart and the sensitivity of a traveller like Fausto De Stefani have crafted the photographs guarded within these pages. Hands that carry, offer, milk, spin, etch the rock face and carve out the pace of actions bound up with the earth, with survival, with hope. Only a mountaineer could have discovered and described them, only a person whose hands still really matter. more >>>

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A FABULOUS JOURNEY

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Fabulous, in the original sense of the term. Simply a fable of the kind we used to listen to as children, using words accessible to little folk, yet aimed at grown-ups, with a coloured picture or two thrown in. The story of a storyteller: an aging wanderer travelling from one village to the next, his bag packed with legends and stories kids looked forward to with the eager anticipation reserved for special events. And the voice and hands of the wanderer would take his listeners through uncharted territory every time: this is the power, this is the allure of storytelling. Whether first-hand experience or fruit of the imagination, this fable by Fausto De Stefani is an act of choice, a way to dream, a path that leads off into the distance. And just like any other fable, the language is both profound and universal, as the author himself notes: more >>>

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#001 MOON LANDING

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“The emotions – positive or negative, happy or sad – transmitted by athletic activity are both a cornerstone and a focal point of education through sport. This can be seen in the faces, the expressions and the movements photographed here.” (Professor Andro Ferrari, Italian National Olympic Committee, Trentino). It was 2010, and Folgaria, Lavarone and Luserna were hosting the ISF World Championships. Four important, expert photographers were at work portraying youthful faces, snowy landscapes and shots of winter sports. A surprising, vivid variety of ways to illustrate the experiences the young competitors were able to undertake and enjoy for themselves and along with their peers. Expressions and gestures swinging from enthusiasm to disappointment, faces and bodies ready to give it all or to give up, the upside and the downside, nature and equipment, teammates and adversaries: all this can be found in these pages, which reveal and convey new thrills, new emotions every time someone leafs through them.  more >>>

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UNO MONTURA - DIFFERENT

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A huge number of photos, a small number of words. Mountains, rocks, vertical walls, or worse. Tensed, darting muscles, concentration written all over the climber’s face. Other faces, too, the faces of folk encountered along the way. People, or animals. Company. Cats, dogs, sheep, horses. And a tale or two, snapshots of life, real or imagined, portraits of men and landscapes, all part of recollections of a long career – on the up all the time – and reflections on Man and his surroundings, the environment that welcomes him, pushes him onwards and upwards, sometimes annihilates him. Montura Editing devotes an original monograph to Maurizio Zanolla, better known as Manolo, a living legend of climbing and man of the mountains in every sense, as seen in his poetry and writings. Don’t expect information, accounts, technical details, epic summaries. All you’ll find here is the sensation of a life lived with eyes raised up towards the peak of both geography and spirituality. An existence to be perceived, explored, shared if you can. If you like. “I go about things slowly. I want to get to know them, to understand them. To obtain my own vision of them. Then, when I finally see them, I feel they belong to me, too. I never fully understand them, but I sense they’re there. Like the rock, which opened its arms to me immediately, drew me into its embrace like a mother with her child. I find the rock incredible. I remember the first rock faces, and the thrill they awakened in me remains alive. Sometimes I find myself below those overhangs once more, and nothing seems any different. For me, something has changed. I’ve left behind the fury of my twenties, and although my life is still running along at a fast pace, I sense that it’s different.  Yet my fingers are still reaching up towards the sky. Sometimes I delve right into the clouds, the details, the folds of the questions I ask myself. I abandon myself to them. Perhaps this is why I like to listen, to ask questions, to travel deep inside myself, almost right into my heart. I like to get there, seeking my own way. I get lost often too. But I ask no-one any questions, I ask myself no questions. I head off down the road through the woods, amid ideas, among the rock faces, accompanied by nothing more than a sensation…and often it’s the road that’s found me.” (Manolo) more >>>

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UNO MONTURA BORDERS

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A borderline project, in the literal sense that it explores the very meaning of the term “border”. The whole project revolves around the figure of Nives Meroi, a woman with an extreme, visceral relationship with the mountain, a borderline area by definition. This volume contains not only the words that appear in her accounts, but also images, of a white other than the white of the snow, portrayed in the photos of Linda Abdul, together with the poetry of a third woman, Alda Merini. Visual poetry, poetry in words, accounts of climbs undertaken by Nives in the company of Romano Benet, her inseparable companion both in life and the adventures that are an integral part of it. Here too are the images of the major mountains of Tashi Yangzom, who portrays his fellow Tibetans forced into exile, together with more landscapes. All of this contributes to, and precludes, a revelation: the border is right there for the explorer. Just waiting to be sought out, overcome, shifted. Glimpsing the horizon so as to move beyond it, both geographically and spiritually. The different forms of expression present in the book offer different means towards discovery and awareness – awareness of self, of the natural environment, of the tragic difficulties caused by war, by persecution, the endless, limitless beauty of a particular scenario. It is only by moving away from the axis we normally exist along, by shifting in and out of our usual environment, that we are able to grasp the vision offered to us by nature and history. It is only by meandering through the folds of uncertainty that we can attempt – we can hope – to see. more >>>

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UNO MONTURA PEOPLE 08

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Alpine guides and sales agents. Students and sherpas. Plumbers and ice climbers. Marketing consultants and mountaineers. There are many faces to life, and there are (almost) as many faces in this book. As many pieces of clothing (more or less) as the trades and passions Man’s life is made of. An unusual catalogue in some ways, an original, surprising look book, featuring the smiles and the (few) words of people for whom the mountain is a way of life as well as a sport; people for whom it’s a place to practise a hobby, above all, for fun, or out of a desire for knowledge, new experiences, new challenges. more >>>

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UNO MONTURA JOURNEY

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“When I was little, I used to spend ages watching ants, fascinated by their incessant coming and going, up and down with no apparent destination. Know what I mean? For an ant, a pebble is like a mountain. A piece of straw represents a barrier that requires effort to overcome, while the garden grass is a jungle. I used to love shrinking to their size, getting carried away into that little world of theirs. It reminded me of Gulliver’s adventures with the giants: sometimes I’d be the giant who used to trouble them or lend a hand, other times I’d be one of them escaping from a huge beast of an insect”. These are the reflections with which Vinicio Stefanello sets in motion this book, together with Cristian Brenna, from which there’s no going back. Lots of stories, an impression here and there, a little poetry, loads of photos and faces of climbers, intent and concentrated, exhausted yet satisfied. Plus the places, the roads to reach them and climb, in continents old and new. A volume that encourages anyone leafing through it to reflect on the question eternally posed by the globe-trotters: what’s the purpose? The destination, the travel itself, or the climb? more >>>

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MUD

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A fearsome, but not lethal, natural disaster. The landslide that on 15 August 2010 swept away Campolongo, a little village in the municipality of Baselga di Pinè, in the province of Trento was violent enough to cause significant material damage, but fortunately no-one was killed or injured. Ninety thousand cubic metres of mud, stones and tree trunks swept away nineteen homes, forcing eighty-seven people to flee. It took six working days, thirty lorries and the contribution of eight hundred volunteers to reclaim the whole area. A “minor” calamity, but one that should not be forgotten. As can be seen in the photos in this book, which show the marks left behind by a destructive force that can only be unleashed by nature (neither good nor evil), able to strike people’s lives, awakening fear and bewilderment. The shots featured here immortalise places, faces, the emotions of those days; disorientation and despair alongside the energy set in motion by the solidarity that gradually allowed the locals to return to their normal, everyday life. Featured together with the pictures are the accounts of those directly involved in the harrowing experience, those who were affected and those who pitched in to lend a hand. These experiences and recollections are thus expressed in the words of those who were there to witness – to their chagrin – such a dramatic event. “As a geologist who had worked in the area, the first thing I felt was a sense of impotence, of new-found humility… occasionally we tend not to realise… the extent to which… we are parasites on the skin of the planet”. (Icillo Vigna) more >>>

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PHOTO TREKKING IN TRENTINO

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Photographic and sociological trekking trips in Trentino. A linguistic paradox? No: the aim is to follow paths, using your sense of direction to make your way through images that appear significantly distant from one another in terms of subject, technique used and artistic characteristics. Views of both human and natural landscapes fill the pages of a volume that brings together six of Italy’s top photographers and photo journalists, guiding a further 50 photographers in a project that allowed them to explore and discover areas comprising the Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa, Rovereto and Vallagarina, Lake Garda and Comano, Bleggio, Lomaso, the Pinè Plateau and the Cembra Valley, the Valsugana and Tesino. Each lens captured a particular aspect of the region, its inhabitants and visitors, yielding a multi-faceted portrait of man and his surroundings, a portrait that raises questions: very rarely are these “picture postcard” images of Trentino. The eye behind the lens is always in search of a new focus, a fresh angle. In the landscape shots, the splendour of nature must be sought in the apparent coldness of the black and white picture. Where man is the subject, the perspective required for observation is a disquieting one. Six mature reflections, with nothing superficial about them, regarding places where Man is in communion with nature through sport, activity, rest, the ritual dimension. Landscapes that frequently turn out, within the intimacy of the expressions captured in the neighbourhoods, along the paths, before an altar or beneath the feathered cap of an Alpini soldier, to symbolise a deeply rooted link with the mountains, or with travelling companions. more >>>

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A DISTINCTIVE VARIETY

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“Manuel loves the great outdoors, and has covered a whole maze of roads underfoot. He’s stuck on geography like a lovesick teenager. And he specialises in people: he’s curious. He asks questions, then falls silent and listens to the answers. Mountaineers: what kind of folk are they? The mountaineer is a wayfarer, a traveller. He has all he needs with him, he moves on foot, then forges ahead with his hands. On the way down, his face reveals the journey he’s left behind him. You’d recognise him in an eastern bazar even right in the midst of tourists packed in like sardines. He’s the odd one out. Manuel has met plenty of them, and he’s decided it’s time for an outpouring of his experience. And since he’s a man of few words, the receptacle is little bigger than a postcard”. Erri de Luca You’ll find a mixture in the tin. Manuel Lugli’s book features shots of climbing stars, sherpas with weather-worn faces, contestants from American mountaineering reality shows, and all those people, identified by name, that he’s met along the mountain routes.  Portrait after portrait, all lined up there on the shelf, preserved for us to observe and appreciate. The mountain man and woman are a distinctive variety, a speciality with a local flavour, yet a universal appeal. more >>>

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THE SIMIAN AND THE BOOMERANG

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Mountaineering and the mountaineer. The driving force, sometimes bordering on selfishness, behind the desire to take on the mountain. A love affair gone wrong, another that rises up from the ashes of existence. All this and more is what happens to Roby, the anti-hero of this novel, sprinkled with a dash of mystery, during his personal journey towards revelation, a path that opens up and comes to a halt on the edge of a murder in the mountains. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Roby becomes the key figure in a tale of travels and wanderings in pursuit of a rare treasure: the meaning of life, and above all of our daily actions and choices. As the character reveals to a wise Indian woman: “Shuna, I know the mountains, I know some of the world’s most forbidding rock faces, yet what seems so odd is that I do not know myself.…”. more >>>

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THE FREEDOM OF ENCHAINMENT

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Franz Nicolini, the enchainment man. 7 peaks in 12 hours; the 82 four-thousanders in the Alps in just 60 days. Lightness, speed and freedom are the most important aspects of the equipment he takes with him into the mountains. In this book, several-times Italian ski mountaineering and mountaineering champion Nicolini offers a personal account of the enchainments embarked upon over the years, projects conceived and subsequently planned by consulting the host of specialised books in his collection before being prepared through the painstaking, detailed physical and mental training required to climb quickly and forge ahead safely. more >>>

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SHADES OF GREY

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An unusual mountain, by Trentino’s “picture postcard” standards. Bare, rugged, rocky, cleft, barren, almost hostile; with forbidding crevices, cavities, ravines and jagged edges whose peculiar appeal not everyone is able to grasp. Rocks shaped by the elements, more ancient even than the trees, rocks that bear witness to the history of man and nature. The grey here is magmatic, yet those with the patience to stop and look closer will find areas rich in colour, with a range of hidden nuances. It is these that can be found in this photo book, the brainchild of Giovanni Marzari, to whom the idea came during a “landscape study” of Monte Zugna. This volume is intended to pay homage to the mountain and to those who over the years have invested passion in capturing and drawing inspiration from its spirit. more >>>

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DOLOMITES NEW YORK

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Dolomiti – New York City. Amid the pages of this incredible volume, the involuntary, empty rhyming couplet becomes replete with meaning: black and white photographs of the human geometries drafted and drawn by the metropolis to end all metropolises, their transparent background overlapping with the bent, tormented outlines of colourful Nature that paints brushstrokes of the mountains to end all mountains. Irreverent? A combination of aesthetic brilliant and fertile spirituality, for sure, especially these days in which Man’s technological, urban soul feels increasingly bereft of its ancient, natural, significant other bound to the Earth. more >>>

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“DET”

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“I met ‘Det’ on the Lhotse, during the Cassin expedition in 1975. He was thin, with the skin on his hands as wrinkled as the bark of a larch tree, and was as quick and agile on his feet as a mountain goat. Along with Mario Curmis, he was the strongest on the expedition, never once complaining”.  “Det” is Giuseppe Alippi, the great mountaineer from Lombardy, more a “man of the mountains” than an athlete, as described in the words of Reinhold Messner, in the introduction to the book. This is a volume like few others: part story, part interview, part notebook, with a collection of beautiful drawings on a mountain theme by Luisa Rota Sperti. The accounts in the book – and in particular the lengthy interview with the “Guardian of Sasso Cavallo” – sketch out the profile of a man and a climber of a bygone age, a timeless age, engraved into the rocks of his mountains, almost an integral part of them, but who has succeeded, during a lifetime spent on the peaks, to transfer his genuine, concrete, personal approach to rock walls from the Himalayas to Patagonia. Det is a man of few words, and like the words of other wise men, within them lies the unspoken wisdom of nature. This book tells of the experiences and the dreams of a strong man, a poet, through the memories and accounts that emerge during the conversation with Carlo Caccia. “Well, I was just… good at climbing". more >>>

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THE INVISIBLE SIDE OF PARADISE

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Paradise lost and the fable of Shangri-La. Snowfields and plastic, spirituality and satellite TV, the cross and the stupa. Is there another world at the edge of the world? Or simply a variant of our own? An original portrait of Tibet by an Italian anthropologist and a British photographer, who set off from the remote valley between China and Burma identified as the idyllic setting imagined in 1933 in Lost Horizon by James Hilton, who in fact had never set foot out of London.  Thanks to the world of cinema and literature, that high-altitude Eden has become the very archetype of peaceful, smooth co-existence between different beings in the sacred mountains. And the two explorers ask themselves: how real was that description? Is it still real today? Has there ever actually been anything real about it? more >>>

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