Italian / Italy

Fiume lento. Un viaggio lungo il Po
(Slow river. A journey along the Po)

Sanna, Alessandro (text/illus.)
Milan: Rizzoli, 2013. – [116] p.
ISBN 978-88-17-06673-0

Po / 1930-1980 | River | Seasons

Rivers are life-giving for the places and people who live their stories along its banks. ≫Fiume lento≪ is a wonderful, nearly wordless book, created on the banks of the great Italian river Po. It is a touching homage to the river’s tranquillity and its movement, and to its connected life-stories.

The book, beginning with a succinct foreword by film director Ermanno Olmi, describes the river as it follows seasonal rhythms and is witness to various historical events. Stories from the 1930s to the 1980s are portrayed with delicate, poetic water colour illustrations, as if emerging from a fog to escape the water’s destructive power. History, geography, poetry – this is an artist’s book, akin to a unique film played out on paper. (Age: 6+)