Daniel Pennac and Federico Fellini: Life is Dream

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Claudio Zonta SJ

 Claudio Zonta SJ / Issue 2005 / 21 April 2020

With his latest novel La Loi du rêveur (The Law of the Dreamer), Daniel Pennac crosses paths  with Italian film director Federico Fellini (2020 is the centenary of his birth).[1] The common thread that links the two characters, both present in the novel, is the importance of the oneiric element in their respective lives.

Fellini kept a journal of his dreams from the previous night – which would be published posthumously with the title Libro dei sogni (The Book of My Dreams) – illustrated with color pencils and markers. In the same way, the young protagonist of the novel, Daniel Pennac himself, began to write down his dreams: “Later, by transcribing my dreams (I have been transcribing them all my life since that day), I realized that recounting a dream means imagining it, as well as telling it, transforming the feeling into a story; strictly speaking, constructing a narrative” (p. 39).

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