Domenico is a short story, told in the first person, about a young man who returns to his homeland to become a farmer. An article published in November 2014 on aljazeera.com reported that Italy was witnessing an exponential growth of a 'return to the countryside' phenomenon, in which young 'white-collar' professionals increasingly quit their jobs and cities in order to farm in rural areas. The article cites a 0.6% increase in the country's agricultural growth as per 2013.
Domenico explores this phenomenon in a contemporary context where strategies of self-actualization are anchored in conditions of necessity. Unable to face scenarios of post-capitalism, the main character inevitably processes his Self through dichotomies typical to the coming-of-age story: local/global, young/old, north/south, city/countryside, heterosexuality/homosexuality, ignorance/culture.