A Review of Mario Savioni’s Blue Emptiness by Marta Pombo Sallés – Mar 18, 2016.
“I enjoyed reading this book for its beautiful, elaborate and cultivated language. I love the musicality of the words, especially in the poems. The whole book is full of wonderful metaphors and images about many aspects of life and human existence, full of philosophical thought as well. I would say the main topic is the artist’s life journey and his difficulty to be understood by a too materialistic society where people value you for what you have and not for who you are. This artist, whether a writer, photographer or musician, also experiences the difficulty of being understood by the different women that appear in his search for love. How can he make it all compatible? Do the others really understand him? Are they prepared to accept him the way he is? To share a life with him? All he wants is ‘the complete freedom to express what he is feeling, not politeness.’ And he obviously writes about himself. Why shouldn’t he? Our perception of reality is always subjective. There are also many lines about nature, full of water, mostly associated with emotions. It is all very lyrical, deep in thoughts and feelings. It touched both my mind and my heart though I could not understand all the aspects or details of the book. However, I could find many things to identify myself with like the search for our individual identity which can often lead to a conflict in relationship with the collective we belong to, also in search for a community identity. Finally, I’d say don’t worry if you don’t understand all the details of the book either. Literature always offers some free space for personal interpretation. Just give it a try. It is worth doing it!”