Pier Paolo Pasolini


I am a force of the Past




I am a force of the Past.

My love lies only in tradition. 


I come from the ruins, the churches,

the altarpieces, the villages

abandoned in the Appennines or foothills

of the Alps where my brothers once lived.


I wander like a madman down the Tuscolana,

down the Appia like a dog without a master.


Or I see the twilight, the mornings

over Rome, the Ciociaria, the world,

as the first acts of Posthistory

to which I bear witness, for the privilege

of recording them from the outer edge

of some buried age.


Monstrous is the man

born of a dead woman’s womb.

And I, a foetus now grown, roam about

more modern than any modern man,

in search of brothers no longer alive.


Pier Paolo Pasolini – I am a force of the Past

(english version by Stephen Sartarelli)




Pier Paolo Pasolini


Pier Paolo Pasolini (5 March 1922 – 2 November 1975) was an Italian film director, poet, writer, and intellectual. Pasolini also distinguished himself as an actor, journalist, novelist, playwright, and political figure.

Pier Paolo Pasolini remains a controversial personality in Italy due to his blunt style and the focus of some of his works on taboo sexual matters, but he is an established major figure in European literature and cinematic arts. His murder prompted an outcry in Italy and its circumstances continue to be a matter of heated debate.






Ragazzi di vita (The Ragazzi, 1955)
Una vita violenta (A Violent Life, 1959)
Il sogno di una cosa (1962)
Amado Mio—Atti Impuri (1982, originally written in 1948)
Alì dagli occhi azzurri (1965)
Teorema (1968)
Reality (The Poets’ Encyclopedia, 1979)
Petrolio (1992, incomplete)




La meglio gioventù (1954)
Le ceneri di Gramsci (1957)
L’usignolo della chiesa cattolica (1958)
La religione del mio tempo (1961)
Poesia in forma di rosa (1964)
Trasumanar e organizzar (1971)
La nuova gioventù (1975)
Roman Poems. Pocket Poets No. 41 (1986)
The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Bilingual Edition. (2014)




Passione e ideologia (1960)
Canzoniere italiano, poesia popolare italiana (1960)
Empirismo eretico (1972)
Lettere luterane (1976)
Le belle bandiere (1977)
Descrizioni di descrizioni (1979)
Il caos (1979)
La pornografia è noiosa (1979)
Scritti corsari (1975)
Lettere (1940–1954) (Letters, 1940–54, 1986)




Orgia (1968)
Porcile (1968)
Calderón (1973)
Affabulazione (1977)
Pilade (1977)
Bestia da stile (1977)



(year – in italian – in english)

1961 – Accattone  – Accattone
1962 – Mamma Roma – Mamma Roma
1964 – Il vangelo secondo Matteo – The Gospel According to St. Matthe
1966 – Uccellacci e uccellini – The Hawks and the Sparrows
1967 – Edipo re – Oedipus Rex
1968 – Teorema – Theorem
1969 – Porcile – Pigsty
1969 – Medea – Medea
1971 – Il Decameron – The Decameron
1972 – I racconti di Canterbury – The Canterbury Tales
1974 – Il fiore delle Mille e una Notte – A Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights)
1975 – Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma – Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom




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