Abstract: The article explores the original style of Sillabari, Goffredo Parise’s short stories. The paper aims at showing the intersections between Parise’s work and philosophy of perception drawing on Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology and his conception of an aptic, visual and “sentimental” access to reality. I argue that both paths (narrative and philosophical) attempt to revise some cognitive categories of the Cartesian tradition, rediscovering embodied symbolization as a primary way of knowing reality. In the Sillabari, the Italian tradition started by Vico converges with phenomenology. In Parise’s writing, the classical dichotomy between subject and object, inner and outer, body and soul is overcome by focusing on synaesthetic perception and pre-rational experience.