“I am my situation.” We are what surrounds us. For this reason, the house is essential, because it is the skin of the circumstances in which we live, our immediate surroundings, our shell, whether rich or poor, it does not matter. “In the past, it was filled with symbols, objects, memories. But today, homes, especially those of the very rich, are like operating theaters, cold and sterile. Perfect symbols of the erasure of the past replaced by the populist presentism of our time. The problem is that the house still shows the soul of the people, as in every era. If you want to know someone, talking to them is not enough, seeing them matters little, observing their actions is more. It is only by observing them at home that one can understand who they really are. Because the house never lies.
In a truly extraordinary life, Andrea Carandini has been very successful. Aristocrat, archaeologist, scholar, intellectual, politician, traveler, man of letters and finally bourgeois and penitent critic. This appears in L’ultimo della classe, a biography which is more than an intellectual record. He retraces his pleasures and his secret pains through the smallest real, psychoanalytic and pharmacological relics. The son of Nicolò Carandini, the first ambassador to London after the war, and the grandson on the maternal side of Elena, the daughter of Luigi Albertini, the publisher (and owner) of Corriere della Sera who left Via Solferino in 1925 rather than bow down to fascism, Carandini is a world authority on twentieth-century archeology, in which he embodied the scholarly method discussed in his thesis supervised by his mentor Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli.
The author of the revolutionary discovery, on the slopes of the Palatine Hill, of the remains of a masonry fortification dating from the 8th century BC. knowledge of Roman villas and their relationship to production and slavery systems.