Gianni Morandi, ex-wife of Laura Ephrikian: “He is aware of how one can combat, it appeared over and greater than earlier than”

Laura Ephrikian as we speak. Sure, within the previous photograph with Gianni Morandi once they had been married

An Armenian household, a husband like Gianni Morandi and a canopy, a vocation to portray, conferences with many figures who traveled by means of Italy within the 1900s – from Pasolini to Lucio Dalla, from Visconti to Zeffirelli, and eventually a humanitarian dedication to Africa. Laura Ephrikian, 81, born in Treviso in the course of the 1940 French bombings, is a full life in a household the place that title alone couldn’t give the total story that Ephrikian informed within the ebook “The Armenian Household” (Spazio Cultura, 156 pages, 18 euro). Father conductor, grandfather Akop, a friar on the Armenian monastery in San Lazzaro, Venice, earlier than he fell head over heels in love and deserted his vows, and the love of the person Morandi, who was at all times within the hearts of Italians.


Ephrikian, why a ebook about your Armenian origins?
“I’ve at all times wished to write down this ebook since I discovered my grandparents’ love letters as a younger woman. I have not felt in a position to face such an enormous story in years. I do know many have refused to know this story, my grandfather informed my father little; my father informed me the fundamentals. It wasn’t sufficient for me. “

Was he a disgrace not desirous to say?
“Disgrace stored Grandpa from speaking. After I was in Yerevan, Armenia and noticed photos of what the Turks did to the Armenians, I spotted that is one thing that goes past the conflict: it’s a bloodbath that can’t be understood until you recognize the historical past of Armenia. Now I’m preventing for Armenia, no less than in Italy, to have a memorial day like another. They owe it to 1.5 million murdered folks. However in the meanwhile, Turkey is enjoying an excessive amount of of a job within the battle between Russia and Ukraine and so they do not wish to antagonize Erdogan. ”

You studied at Canova Excessive College in Treviso. What was the town like then?
“A really stunning metropolis and it was, I spotted once I left it, filled with tradition, filled with pursuits. After I left college, I handed Ciro’s bookstore as a result of books had been my nice ardour. At house, I met Malipiero, Comisso, a rare author ».

Within the ebook, he writes that it was troublesome to develop up in Catholic Treviso with two mother and father who sympathized with communism. Has she ever been discriminated towards?
“No. I noticed my dad’s associates, I knew what his concepts had been, I made them my very own, it wasn’t troublesome for me at 18 to comply with the occasions on the get together, even when this get together was now not the get together we had been referring to. They’re get together events. princes who’re additionally princes of the church, there is no such thing as a escape: do to others what you need them to do to you, at all times take care of the weakest and most determined folks. This took me to Africa with out understanding but what to consider. It isn’t recognized why. I selected Africa, from spending my holidays there I went to reside there for lengthy durations of the 12 months for 25 years ”.

The place do you reside as we speak
“As we speak I reside in Rome and do some episodes in Africa, however thankfully I’ve folks there to assist me. In the mean time, I’ve 5 grandchildren who want me. I’ve a son with three boys who reside subsequent to me: boys change into males, and generally some issues from their mother and father do not wish to hear them, however from their grandmother they do. Marianna, who married Biagio Antonacci, lives in Bologna with two kids. The boys have at all times been together with her: she made a selection apart from mine, she sacrificed herself and her performing aspirations, however she did not care that a lot. ”

Aren’t they calling you on the cinema anymore?
“I made two movies, each, and in each, I play a mom who has Alzheimer’s: I’d be a lot happier in the event that they made me be a grandmother or a great-grandmother, I nonetheless do not wish to have Alzheimer’s! Now cease! I might like one thing extra artistic. Luckily, I’ve numerous different issues to do. “

Within the ebook, she wrote, “I’ve by no means been as pleased as I used to be then,” referring to her love for Morandi.
«It’s stated that the primary love is rarely forgotten: it occurred to me once I was twenty years previous. I bear in mind this love as a result of it was, it couldn’t last more: it was a implausible love that we lived with nice enthusiasm, like even youthful boys our age. Our love jogs my memory of Grandpa Akop’s love for Grandma Laura, and it ended when the large sense of belonging to one another grew to become insufferable. Then an awesome friendship grew to become, and friendship can be love, however much less participating. “

Within the ebook, she says that she was upset by a joke that Enzo Biagi did when he came upon that you just had been studying Manzoni tonight: “However do not destroy this boy for me.” Why do you suppose?
“Maybe Biagi thought I wished to show Gianni from that pure and mountain man who was so pure, loving, a person who permits himself to be beloved by everybody, into an mental, simply because we stated that we frequently learn a ebook collectively at evening and we had been pleased. It damage me a lot that he stated to me, “Do not destroy that boy from my mountains.” You’ll be able to’t suppose that if somebody born within the poorest household cannot change into, then I am not saying one thing else, as a result of that is the character of Gianni, solely change. This sentence made me undergo a bit. “

After you separated, you determined to take care of the youngsters of Marianna and Marco. New on time.
«I noticed my kids for six months and labored for six months to be free. The lawyer informed me, “You’re the first in Rome.” I’m satisfied that as a substitute of letting the mother or father take possession of the youngsters, it’s higher to really feel the good ache of each of them. We nonetheless ate lunch and dinner collectively. We’ve got at all times been revered and complicit within the training of our youngsters ».

Do each kids have an inventive temperament?
«Marco has a musical nature, my father handed him an” examination “when he was little to see if he had a musical ear and confirmed that he has a musician’s ear. Marco will not be solely good as a singer but additionally as an actor. He took each from them. Marianna might proceed to work ”.

With the daddy of the orchestra conductor, what did he say to her when he noticed him arrive with a pop singer like Morandi?
“(Journey, ndr). His father informed him, “Go to the conservatory!” Not lengthy earlier than that, a photograph of me with Gianni appeared within the paper, and my brother felt compelled to tell the household that I used to be relationship somebody. “She’s relationship a man who’s a singer,” my brother stated. “Lyric?” Replied my dad. “No, Dad, not likely …”. At this level, I felt the necessity to convey Gianni to Treviso. He stated it was an Oedipal undeniable fact that one at all times tried to “kill” the daddy determine. However they at all times obtained alongside nicely. “

Why is Morandi so stainless?
– As a result of he is aware of what he needs. He’s a person who, from the time of his training, being a mountaineer, and due to this fact with lead legs and reflecting on what he did, is aware of how one can combat, is aware of how one can defend his decisions. One which appeared completed and got here again larger than earlier than ».

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