Mister Canapone – Problems of consciousness





– I’m really tired of this life. It’s not easy, it’s not that easy at all.

– I know. I understand you. Do you want an envelope?

– No thanks. I brought it… you see, I lost my wife on the eve of the golden wedding. I’m alone. I can do everything in house, but I’m tired of pulling on.

– Do you have children?

– Yes, three, but they all have to do. For heaven’s sake, I understand them, but now talk to them and see them has become more complicated than talking to the president!

– I’m so sorry.

– The other day I saw a science fiction film.

– I don’t like science fiction…

– Yes, but listen… it was the story of a particular hospital where was possible die.

– How would it be, where to die?

– Yes, where a person, when is tired of life or sick and can’t take it anymore, can go to this hospital.

– Ok. Go ahead.

– There’s not much to add. You go into a room where they play a music.

– What type of music? That is, can you choose?

– I don’t know, in the movie there was a relaxing music. You kept listening to this preparatory music.

– Preparatory?

– But Canapone, do you listen to me? Preparing for death. They gave you an injection and you listened to music until…

– I understand. Do you know it’s not bad? Sometimes, looking at this shit world, also death can be sweet.

– Yeah, you have to be in that situation. Even though I have a problem of conscience.

– That is?

– Only God can take life away or give it. I don’t know if it’s right to make certain choices.

– Dunno! But do you know how to tell you?

– Tell me.

– There are some songs of Jimi Hendrix, of the Led Zeppelin, and there’s one of the Beatles on Sgt. Pepper entitled She’s living home, all done with viola and violins, and if one has to die, well, those would be nice things like last thing to listen to: in my opinion, in paradise they listen to that stuff…

– Ah, well, yes… I like jazz, Canapone…

– So why don’t you go to the tape library in the center when you finish here and taking a good jazz CD to listen to in the afternoon?

– I’ll do it, Canapone.

– It’s like being in heaven without getting too far away, right?

– Yeah. That’s, in a manner of speaking, Canapone, so … thanks for your words. Sometimes you impress me…

– Oh, sometimes I impress myself too…




  1. Introduction
  2. The queue
  3. Aggression
  4. Horoscope
  5. Selection
  6. Adverbs
  7. Pronunciation
  8. Family
  9. Obsessions
  10. Robbery
  11. Agreements
  12. Meditation
  13. Fashion
  14. Formalities
  15. Prank call
  16. Problems of consciousness
  17. Clarifications
  18. Pause
  19. Special offers
  20. Something in common
  21. Jealousy
  22. Saturn
  23. Illness



Are we the architects of our destiny or do the plots of our lives escape us lefting us impotent in the face of fate? Sometimes it happens that, despite a fierce commitment, the results are not those hoped for. In the attempt of having no regrets you can sacrifice your whole life to realize that time is not a good friend for anyone. Riccardo Nola, the main character of Stars of Dust, after a cruel childhood, discovers as a teenager that acting can have therapeutic effects. The undergrowth of the show business, however, turns out to be a dark forest, where you cannot easily orientat yourself. Rick has a natural talent for choosing bad partners and workmates. This gift accompanies him along the path of his artistic career. Actor graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome, his worry is to only work on commercials, due to the bad offices of a manager who brings a nefarious name: Al Sapone. Yet, his friends love him, envy him, confuse his precarious life for adventure. After making little artistic experiences, Riccardo is forced to get by by working in the local market, but you cannot control your heart: being bored, he is charmed by a vague project of his friend and colleague Thomas Albergari of Polonghera, from noble origins and wealthy family. The plan consists in bringing on stage (actually, on the road, on public transport or in the squares), monologues taken from a book about the Expedition of the Thousand of Garibaldi, which led them from the capital to Sicily. While the General managed to unify the country, however, the paths of Thomas and Richard will take different directions.


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