Pianeti Proibiti (Forbidden Planets) is about the description of new worlds, from the conquest of the Inca and Aztec empires to the Wild West, to the exploration and colonization of Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica. The survey has been inspired by Stephen Greenblatt's, Marvelous Possession, (1991), M.L. Pratt Imperial Eyes (1992), and Fredi Chiapelli’s First Images of America (1976), and also by the writings of Tzvetan Todorov and Edward Said. Hegemonic literature is thus critically considered and juxtaposed to the counter-narrative of the vanquished, from fall of the Amerindian empires to Naples in 1947.
Myths, symbols and metaphors are seen as factors of relevance in descriptions (Hamon) and the representation of landscapes, and integrated with translations account for a transcultural approach to narratives of travel, exploration, colonization and to the “Writing Worlds” (Barnes and Duncan, 1992).