Released only 17 years after the author’s assassination, Pasolini’s Petrolio faced bitter controversies, which did not help its understanding. Exploring the entanglements of political and economic power of those years, the novel’s aesthetics has inspired biopolitical reflections and contemporary queer aesthetics.
Sirens are a timeless myth, seen in the verses of Homer and Rilke, heard in the pages of Joyce and in the music of Wagner, found in the waves of the Mediterranean and in the perilous waters of distant oceans. A map is needed not to get lost in such a geography, which sometimes resembles a labyrinth.
The term abandon encompasses radical renunciation and immersive indulgence in its oscillation between abandonment of and abandonment to, between restraint and luxury, mindfulness and neglect.
Pasolini’s vehement attack on contemporary liberal and hyper-technologized Neocapitalism was related to a criticism of rationalism and its socio-political as well as linguistic and aesthetic manifestations.