Move to the Woods


 The year of COVID gave all of us plenty of time, even those who were able to go out every day to go to work. Finding ourselves with closed bars and restaurants, off-limits gyms and discos, unable even to leave the house for an aimlessly walk, so why not indulge in the friendly company of books old and new, discovering writers and publishing houses we did not know before?

Therefore, at least, it was for me with “Passaggio al Bosco” [1], one of the many small but brave publishing houses that make up the galaxy of the Italian alternative press. Certainly not Leftist at all, it is however different from the joke Right that the radical chic, progressive and globalists as they are, love so much to put to the index with derision.

As will be read in the interview that I present to readers, the experience of “Passaggio al Bosco” represents perhaps the most rational rejection of modernity and its negative aspects so as to replace them with a search for oneself that is not simply one's own affirmation through the satisfaction of mere consumerist pushes and fashions of the moment. Marco Scatarzi, founder of the publishing house, answered my questions.

1) Why did you choose to found a publishing house, when it is known that few Italians read and that publishing houses have a troubled life in Italy?

A) Because we felt the need to provide ideas and top lines to that galaxy of free men and organized realities that recognized themselves in our worldview. Having reached the 65th title - and being among the top fifteen most followed Italian publishing houses on the web - we can be satisfied with the work done. The disappearing of readers is a fact that concerns commercial publishing houses, naturally aimed at the general public: we start from qualitative and not quantitative assumptions, both in the choice of texts and in the potential circle of recipients. When we launched our idea, of course, many friends pointed out the range of risks we would face: we accepted them heads down, covering them. Today - three years later - we have transformed those risks into potential and those uncertainties into strengths: many of our books have climbed the charts of national publishing and we are churning out a new title a week, progressively expanding our catchment area and contributing to spread an unconventional voice in the ongoing cultural debate.

2) “Passaggio al Bosco” is a curious name: why did you choose it?

A) The Jüngherian suggestion, of course, was fundamental. “Move to the woods” means breaking free from the imposed dogmas, rejecting the rules and methods of a mechanical and standardizing society, returning to the essentiality of right and true, restoring the mind and spirit, practicing one's split from the modern world and from the dominant thinking only. However, the forest is not a comfortable refuge: “moving through” does not mean escaping from reality, but reorganizing the forces to be able to face it with greater vigour, refining the lines of resistance and transferring that spirit to the metropolis. It is an act of militia, in the wake of a cultural guerrilla that must involve all free men.

3) Who was Ernst Jünger and why are you inspired by him?

A) Ernst Jünger was an extraordinary thinker, capable of declining an organic and structured vision of the world in a thousand ways. He is part of the pantheon of great names, but it would be simplistic to limit oneself to the fundamental figure of him: there are many authors, characters and masters who populate the vast universe of our references. Of Jünger, in particular, we were struck by the character of the Rebel, whom we consider very current and absolutely fitting to the times we are living: the man as a whole, capable of vertical leaps and courageous gestures, who chooses to escape the vulgarity of numbers and laws of profit.

4) In the year of COVID you publish books on courage, on tradition, on being a community. What do you think you will achieve?

A) We do not do it to get something back: if this were the case, we would be outside of a militant logic. What you do, regardless of your inclination, must be done in order with a precise vision of the world, regardless of the outcomes and additional reasons. Of course, without selling the books you risk bankruptcy, but that must not be the horizon to contemplate: if the message is honest and the way is safe, the results arrive naturally, without chasing any goal. What we do - then - falls within the dimension of the struggle and is accomplished because “it could not have been otherwise”. Publishing certain books - in this or another historical moment - means affirming the existence of another way of thinking, acting and living: being the witnesses of a profound identity, which finds its foundation in the principles of Tradition and your own destiny. Faced with the contradictions and madness of this petty time, reiterating the truth is a revolutionary act.

5) So you are a publishing house white, sovereign, patriarchal and in the name of toxic masculinity... (Smile) But you will also have some flaws I guess...

A) We embody - without doubt - all the stereotypes that the dictatorship of the “politically correct” attaches to dissidents. They are important medals, because they reaffirm our otherness with respect to the theatre of human misery that surrounds us...

6) Seriously, what difficulties do you find in distributing the books in your catalogue? What accusations are made against you?

A) There are difficulties, but they are part of the “package”. Some content is censored by online platforms and some books have been boycotted and excluded from the shelves of some big chains, but it was perfectly predictable: if we hadn't taken it into account, we would be naive. When we define ourselves as “free and against the tide”, we must be ready to pay the consequences. The spaces for action must not be granted to us: we must conquer them step by step. After all, that's right: it suits our temperament and our nature. The accusations that are made against us, in reality, are compliments: the adjective that is often given to us - borrowed from the only Revolution that our nation has ever known - is a source of pride for us.

7) I noticed that you have also published a book on the war in Donbass [2]. Why?

A) Because it is an almost unknown conflict, which has many of the fault lines that we find on a global scale. With the “Focolai” [Hotspots] series, after all, we are going to deal with all those conflicts and all those contexts that present this kind of peculiarity: liberation struggles, resistant identities and asymmetrical wars. We believe it is essential to provide an interpretation that reaffirms what the big media omit, providing free and unfiltered information.

8) As a last question I ask you: why should readers buy or continue to buy your books?

A) Because non-compliant publishing is called to fight a fundamental civilization battle: to reaffirm the truth in a time dominated by lies. The great disparity of means that separates free men from the levelling mechanisms of the global world can only be filled by an iron will: that of never giving in, reaffirming the necessary affirmation of an alternative to a single thought. “Passaggio al Bosco”, together with the many other freedom hoplites, has chosen to place itself in the front line of this phalanx: taking a seat next to us, then, means raising one's shield against the shapeless tide that threatens us.

[1] “Move to the woods” or “Waldgänger” ;

[2] Italian only: