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The Eden lost into Hades
Giulia Bocchio

Castelul Corvinilor: the description of the agony of the concubine's king. She has killed the king with a precious stone and all king's court in the same way but she also dying because of syphilis. Is a short story of her last dreadful hallucinations, she also imagines her hermaphroditic unbort child and the fear of the night.

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The end of Gisbert von Steinbach
Noemi Chiari

My work is about a young man called Gisbert von Steinbach and it is settled in the Landcommanderij Alden Biesen. Gisbert is the main character and the story is all about his life. The story is set in the month of January and in the year 1635. Walking in the outer courtyard of the Landcommanderij, Gisbert thinks about the fact that this is the last day of his life since it is the day in which he will join the Teutonic Order, fact that means he will die as an individual to came to life again as a knight of the Order. He remember all of the events that led him to that point, from a life of fests and plays to one of battles and spirituality. His previous scandalous life has in fact brought his father to candidate him as a member of the Order in the attempt to keep his hands of the inheritance. Gisbert remembers even about his attempts to convince his father to change his mind, attempts without positive results. Then he remember about his life as a novice of the Order, the things he has learned about the Landcommanderij and the Order itself. In the end he reflects about the fact that the life he is going to live from that day on is not the life he has chosen but a life he has be condemned to and that the only to know his real story is the building of the Landcommanderij itself.

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The bag
Luca Vecellio Salto

Il racconto "La sacca" rappresenta un nuovo modo per evitare la noia di un lettore esigente: è scritta in diversi stili, ma non come nel saggio "Esercizi di stile" di Queneau. Infatti qui ogni pagina continua la storia e mantiene il ritmo, presentando soltanto qualche punto comune con la precedente. L'intero racconto è ambientato nei pressi del baliaggio di Liegi, sotto il controllo del comandante dell'Ordine Teutonico, Franz Von Reischach, stabilito al castello di Alden Biesen. L'area è sconvolta dagli effetti della crisi che si diffonde come un'epidemia da Parigi in tutta Europa. 

The short story "La sacca" represents an experimental new way to avoid the boredom of an insatiable reader: it's written in many styles, but not like the Queneau essay "Exercices de style". In fact, here every page continues the story and maintains the rhythm, presenting only some common points with the previous. The whole tale it's set in Liegi area, under the control of the Alden Biesen Land Commander Franz Von Reischach and shocked by the effects of the French crisis of last decades of the eighteenth century.

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The Garden of the Soul
Andrea Memmo

Richard Wagner is on the Amalfi coast with his wife Cosima, his young son Siegfried and a Russian friend, Paul von Joukowsky. He is searching for an inspiration for the set design of the second act of Parsifal, but, despite the extraordinary beauty of the place, he cannot find it, and his moodiness is evident.
Siegfried has heard of a ghost who seems to be in Ravello, at Villa Rufolo, where he is the guardian of a treasure. The boy would like to visit the haunted house and he persuades Wagner to go to Ravello.
After a trip on the back of a mule they finally reach Villa Rufolo and visit the magnificent house and the fantastic garden. They are accompanied by a young custodian, Luigi Cicalese, who tells the visitors the story of the Villa, and how Francis Neville Reid has transformed the place after the fall of the House of Rufolo. He speaks also of the ghost: it is the ghost of Lorenzo Rufolo, who was decapitated in 1283.
Suddenly, Wagner hears sweet voices and sees the flowers and the plants coming alive and becoming anthropomorphic. They sing and dance around him, and he believes the beautiful and deceitful Kundry is hiding between them. Wagner understands he is in the scenery of Parsifal, in the Klingsor garden which he was searching for and could not find, but he also believes he is going mad, when a ghost appears in front of him. It is Lorenzo Rufolo, who is able to give the right inspiration when an artist can exalt the Rufolo family with his artwork. The ghost can, this way, aspire to redemption. He inspired Boccaccio and the present owner of the villa, and now he would like to help Wagner.
The following day Wagner is extraordinary happy. Nobody knows the reason of his good mood. But he has found his Klingsor garden and can finish Parsifal.
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To Be Continued

An unknown presence observes the last past visitors coming and moving in Villa Rufolo, before a temporal eclipse removes them from the place. The same unknown presence moves, later and now, through the remains of the building: no more characters, no more stories, no more hystory - only the eternal sediments that time cannot erase: sea, nature, sun, architectures. The Past still alive,  but in a way that not concern memory, tradition, prestige. Finally, however, new visitors - today's visitors - comes to the Villa with their packed lunch and cameras, proving they've not understand, after a long time, the secret to capture the true beauty of the place: not be there or, even if, be silent and in contemplation without references and tales.

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The frog in the sink
Emanuele Altissimo

Alden Biesen, 1971. Un ragazzino storpio, divorato dall'ambizione. Un vecchio che vive nel passato, per proteggere il suo castello e gli affetti che custodisce. Il misterioso incendio che cambiò tutto.

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Turquoise flames
Davide Storti

Ispirato da Castel Corvino ho cercato qualcosa in più che ne raccontasse la storia. Dopo aver scoperto che Mattia Corvino ebbe imprigionato per qualche tempo il famoso e temuto Vlad III, ho immaginato una storia che esplorasse il rapporto creatosi tra i due, esplorando sotto una luce differente la figura di Dracula donando a quest'ultimo un'aura del tutto nuova. L'influenza ottomana e il passato turbolento di un giovanissimo Vlad, ostaggio a suo tempo del sultano Murad, tornano a farsi sentire mischiando tradizioni e leggende orientali.

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A colourful mind in a black and white world
Jurriaan Menno Rigter

A mostly historically correct tale about Edmond Godfried von Bocholtz his fictional encounter with the at that time current commander of Alden Biesen, Godfried Huyn van Geleen. It takes place on a single day in the year 1649. The two men talk about war, religion and politics as they walk and ride around the property of the Teutonic Order.

The leader of Alden Biesen, a catholic hero of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), is suffering from both mental and physical damage from that struggle, yet his experience has made him wise and well-loved.

As the story progresses, he clashes with the young, driven and deeply religious Edmond von Bocholtz, who is well on his way to becoming the next commander of Alden Biesen.

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Mattia Colombo

La storia di tre prigionieri turchi a cui venne promessa la libertà qualora fossero riusciti a cavare l'acqua dalla pietra.

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Secrets of Villa Rufolo
Alessio Amato

Questa di Villa Rufolo e di riflesso quella che voglio raccontare, è una storia lunga e tormentata: anni di grandi ricchezze e sfarzo, anni di potere, anni di condanne e crimini, anni di abbandono, anni di rinascita, anni di bellezza impressi nelle sue mura a lasciare segni a volte palesemente spettacolari e altre volte quasi impercettibili. Qui voglio solo essere i tuoi occhi e ti ricordo mio lettore, viaggeremo nei secoli senza andare oltre la realtà, unicamente guardando sotto la coltre di polvere che ha coperto consuetudini di più vite.
il sipario si chiude con l’inizio e si apre con un processo, vari condannati, alcuni decapitati. Sono passati solo diciassette anni dalla battaglia del 1266, una tra le più dure, la stessa che ha incoronato nuovi conquistatori gli Angioini, francesi alleati della Chiesa. Hanno piegato due secoli di regno normanno-svevo, da Roberto il Guiscardo a Manfredi, il  figlio del grande Federico II. Troppo presto però per pensare di aver cancellato le tradizioni e i sogni di famiglie che per anni hanno posto le loro speranze proprio nel potere svevo.
Per il casato dei Rufolo fu fatidico un matrimonio che si consumò nella metà del 1200, il più importante della storia e dell’arte ravellese. Nicola Rufolo, ricchissimo commerciante ed erede di un comune palazzo nei pressi della Cattedrale, prese in sposa la nobildonna Sigilgaida della Marra. Unione che fu l’inizio per alcuni, continuazione per altri, la fine per altri ancora...

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The White Rose
Bianca Lucci

In 1845 Francis Neville Reid came to Naples where he married Sophie Caroline Gibson. Villa Rufolo  was restored and some social places were built inside of it to help  poor people.
 Neville was a successful businessman and liked taking care of his garden , he was interested in botany.
 Sophie was a cultured and intelligent woman that loved helping the others.
One day Sophie discovered she was expecting a baby  and her husband gave her a wonderful bouquet of all red roses expect for  a white one.
Notwithstanding her pregnancy, Sophie  continued to help poor people, she was a very stubborn woman.
Neville was really worried  about his wife’s  health, but he  had to leave her for a long journey.
Sophie kept on working really hard in the social centre also because more people had arrived.
After a tiring day,  while she was drinking some water, she lost her balance and fell down cutting her face. Then she saw some blood coming out of her private parts…
After this terrible event, Sophie recovered but she  felt so alone; her only confidante was her  nanny Anne .
She chose the right room for her child , made it repaint again and decided to call the baby Luis, like
Neville’s mother. She  was called Luisa and was a very good woman that had always helped the others.
Sophie didn’t feel well, she was talking with her nanny when a white rose fell …
Neville finally came back with a friend ,Antoine. Sophie was really happy and ordered her gardener to  pick the most beautiful rose.
Anne was worried about Sophie’ s health, there was something she didn’t like  and told it to Neville , Sophie got really angry and ordered her nurse to leave the house.
While Anne was going way, she noticed some stockings, there were bloodstains… Sophie was behind and  strangled the woman.
 One day, after  Antoine had gone away, Neville found his wife’s cameo . It was so strange,  Sophie  never left it .  Neville started to suspect  his wife..
At night, they had dinner in the garden where everything had started …
They drank some wine to celebrate the arrival of the baby, Sophie went to the kitchen , took two glasses and poured something into one of the them, it was not wine…
 Neville  didn’t feel well, her wife made him lie on the bed , gave him the white rose and laid next to him in silence; no words, just silence...

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Ravello 1234 - Però ch'amore no si po' vedere...
Renato Papale

In my tale, set in an unspecified day of September in the first half of the thirteenth century, I imagine that the sonnet "però ch'amore no si po' vedere" was written by Pietro da Vigna in Ravello, following an inconfessable infatuation for Sigilgaida, wife of his host Nicola Rufolo ...
The actions that happen from dawn until evening, create the pretext to describe the ancient Villa during its phases of renewal in Arab-Norman forms...

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An unforgettable meeting
Amalia Sannino

This story is a long flashback told by an old man about an experience of his life.

In 1880, a young Neapolitan man, called Alberto, decides to spend his holidays up on the hills of Costiera Amalfitana.
He stays with some family friends in  Ravello. He  has chosen this little town because the famous composer Richard Wagner is coming to Villa Rufolo.
He succeeds in becoming one of his students and gradually  realizes the admiration and the esteem  he feels for Wagner is in reality something more: it’s  true  love.
The holiday and the meeting with the famous composer have made him discover his homosexuality.
Alberto can’t  accept it , he is afraid of it and  comes back to Naples. Here he gets married and leaves music because this reminds him that inner and hidden part of himself that makes him suffer.

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Alden Biesen's shadows
Federica Nardo

Mathilde, the novel main character, tells the story about the Castle of Alden Biesen through her eyes. She grew under the shade of the Teutonic Order, between a love and a secret mission... she will get herself even a shade.

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The Castle of Bran
Fabio Iodice

The legend of Dracula, as we know, deals with a monster that terrorizes children and adults. Everyone runs away at the sight of this evil creature. But if we stopped for a moment and we started thinking about this story, the origins of Dracula and how he lived, are we sure we wouldn’t change our mind about the nature of the famous earl? 
This story begins with an introduction about Dracula and the castle where he lives. The main idea of my story is to present a different point of view compared to the common one of many people. In fact, in my tale, the “human” part of the protagonist prevails. Then it is described a scene with an old man walking alone and sad in a dark road, in a deathly silence and a disquieting setting. Suddenly, Earl Dracula turns up in front of the man. This tries to warn the old man but when this tells him that he prefers to die as he is an outcast and homeless, Dracula gets unexpectedly touched because he shares the same anguish and pain as the old man: both of them have always been rejected by society. After a short speech, the two discover to be very similar, revealing the human part that the earl has hidden for a long time but he has never removed. The story ends with the two men on their way back to the castle where Dracula lives, and where he’ll host his “different twin”. The end is an invitation to think differently to  the others, and keep on looking for the goodness that is in every human being. If we accept the others just the way they are, with their diversity, we get a precious chance: we can become better people.

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The Eye of the Void
Luca Pappalardo

Neboisa, la torre del coraggio, osserva il mondo che la circonda con occhi di vetro. In cima all’ultima difesa del castello refoli di vento distratti agitano una bandiera. È lo stemma della famiglia Corvino: un corvo nero su sfondo rosso, con in bocca un anello. La sua origine riposa in una storia, come sempre avviene per le cose importanti.
Si diceva che Ioan de Hunedoara, o Ioan Corvino, fosse il figlio illegittimo dell’allora sovrano d’Ungheria, Re Sigismondo; secondo la storia il monarca avrebbe dato in sposa la madre ad uno dei suoi cavalieri, per non disonorarla. Inoltre le avrebbe fatto dono di un anello con il quale il figlio, una volta cresciuto e giunto a corte, avrebbe potuto dimostrare le sue nobili origini. Un giorno, durante un pranzo all’aperto, un corvo sarebbe stato attratto dal luccichio dell’anello, abbandonato sul prato, e lo avrebbe rubato. Ioan, allora appena un ragazzo, sarebbe stato in grado di colpirlo in volo con una freccia, recuperando l’oggetto e dimostrando fin da piccolo di possedere abilità fuori dal comune. I fatti sarebbero poi stati narrati da Ioan a Re Sigismondo in persona, il quale ne sarebbe rimasto così impressionato da suggerirgli quel simbolo per rappresentare la sua casata.
La storia, così come viene narrata, è nota a molti, e come ogni storia ha in sé verità e menzogna insieme. Ben pochi sanno però distinguere le due, e ancora meno hanno avuto il privilegio di ascoltare la storia nella sua vera e completa forma. L’origine delle cose davvero importanti è spesso segreta, laddove il loro sviluppo è imprevedibile e soggetto a forze ineffabili.
Un secondo corvo nero sfreccia nel cielo sopra Neboisa, i maestosi colpi d’ala sembrano gesti di disprezzo al mondo di sotto. Porta via con sé un segreto: il Fato capriccioso lo ha strappato al reale, e all’altare del Tempo lo ha consacrato per sempre come leggenda.
Questa è la storia di quel segreto.

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