THE WOODEN THRONE tells the story of a young man’s choice between the worlds of creative imagination and physical experience. Growing up in Friuli early in this century, Giuliano leaves his native village in pursuit of his beautiful young mistress and of his own past. So begins a series of adventures in which the mountain landscapes, the tiny village he finds, and the people he meets belong to a strange world of fable. As Giuliano slowly unravels the identity of his new lover, her myth-weaving grandfather, and their mysterious community, the reader senses them all as remote and archaic, nowhere and everywhere, evanescent and eternal at the same time.
Carlo Sgorlon is a sensitive and reflective observer of the boundary between the worlds of fiction and reality and of how modern industrial and consumer society is destroying the sense of the sacred that once bound all people to the earth and that expressed itself in myth and archetype. He is the winner of over twenty major Italian book prizes.
The Wooden Throne, Sgorlon’s most famous book, was awarded the prestigious Premio Campiello when it was published in 1973. It has gone through twenty-six printings and is now considered a masterpiece of twentieth-century Italian fiction. It has been translated into French, Spanish and Slavic.