Eva Colombo, Bestario dannunziano, capitolo primo: Il segno della capra
Eva Colombo, D’Annunzio’s bestiary, first chapter: The mark of the goat
In a short and enigmatical prose work written on the threshold of old age, D’Annunzio portrays himself as nine years old fanciful child whose clumsy attempt to open a shell – fish with a knife procures him a bleeding wound on the left thumb. Only witness of this misadventure, a demonic goat with sulphureous eyes. Following her through D’Annunzio’s works we will discover her true identity: the mystagogue of an erotic – poetic initiation.