Voices from Contemporary Italian Literature
ITALIAN LITERARY FICTION FESTIVAL – II Edition
NEW YORK CITY
25 – 26 – 27 aprile 2023
IST. ITALIANO DI CULTURA-CIMA-CASA ITALIANA ZERILLI MARIMO’ NYU-RIZZOLI Bookstore
28 – 29 aprile 2023
CONSOLATO GENERALE D’ITALIA – CHILTON CLUB – I AM books
An initiative aimed at the public of readers and the international editorial world (publishing houses, literary agencies, editors and translators) promoted by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York directed by Fabio Finotti with the collaboration of the FUIS (Italian Unitary Federation of Writers), with the artistic direction of Maria Ida Gaeta, supported by a leading group of scholars and experts (Alessandro Giammei, Chiara Benetollo, Monica Calabritto, Luca Briasco, Eugenio Refini). After the first edition in June 2022, born with the hope that it could become an annual appointment to build a literary bridge between Italy and the United States – beyond any cultural stereotype – the event consolidates with this second edition which will see it on stage as well as in New York City also in Boston thanks to the collaboration with the Italian Consulate.
FULL PROGRAM HERE
Multipli Forti is a transatlantic window on major literary trends of Italian fiction, told by the authors who are writing it. We asked them to think about six major themes that shape today’s literature in their language. Each event of Multipli Forti will revolve around their reactions to these themes, which take the form of short stories, literary memories and meditations, swift brief essays and, in some cases, even personal confessions. The first theme is that of individual and collective destinies, along the line that connects Dante to contemporary attempts to write in the first person—while writing about the whole world. The second theme is that of “Italianness” itself, and of how what we call “Italian Literature” is, in fact, informed by foreign, alien, and estranging, vital influences. The hand-to-hand combat with reality constitutes the third theme: political engagement, from the Renaissance concept of inchiesta to the current hybridizations of fiction and reportage. The fourth theme is myth, as either a fellow or an enemy to history. As reservoirs of images, history and myth, blur the boundaries between fantasy and reality: they are a common language that builds communities. The fifth theme is bodies, and we associate it with the issue of power. We invited authors to think about authority, and about how authority disciplines our bodies in relation to political, literary, and psychological institutions. The last theme, Genius loci, is the theme of places, of vernacular and dialectal traditions in a land of proudly different territories, the theme of the thin line that separates the familiar from the unknown.
– Tuesday April 25 -ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE (686 Park Avenue) – Register HERE
– Wednesday April 26 – CENTER FOR ITALIAN MODERN ART (421 BROOME ST) Register HERE
– Wednesday April 26 – CASA ITALIANA ZERILLI MARIMO’ – NYU (New York University) Register HERE
– Thursday April 27 – RIZZOLI BOOKSTORE (1133 BROADWAY ) Register HERE
Organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with:
Italian Consulate in Boston — FUIS (Italian Unitary Writers’ Federation) — THE BRIDGE Award – (CIMA) The Center for Italian Modern Art) — NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò – RIZZOLI Bookstore – – Boston Public Library – I AM Books