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HOMAGE TO NATALIA GINZBURG. Special Guest Nanni Moretti



HOMAGE TO NATALIA GINZBURG. Special Guest Nanni Moretti

This year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of Natalia Ginzburg’s birth: it is a great opportunity to celebrate one of the best-known writers in 20th-century Italy, who was a key figure in the Italian literary world and, also, an influential fiction editor at Einaudi publishing house, a role to which she committed herself for almost half a century.
Ginzburg wrote novels, short stories and essays; she was awarded the Strega Prize for Lessico Famigliare, (1963) and the Bagutta Prize for La Famiglia Manzoni (1984). Her work explores family relationships, social habits and political stands, capturing, through the smallest details of everyday life, the major changes Italian society underwent during the 20th century, in both the private and the public sphere.
To celebrate Natalia Ginzburg and her work we have invited professor Stefania Lucamante, and writer Valerio Magrelli. Special guest film director Nanni Moretti, who will read from Ginzburg’s books. Moretti has read one of Ginzburg’s most famous novels, Caro Michele , in the audiobook just published by EMONS.

Stefania Lucamante, professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the Catholic University of America in Washington, specializes in contemporary Italian culture, fiction and film from the perspectives of women’s studies and Shoah studies. On these topics she has published extensively, both in Italian and in English, as editor of volumes on Elsa Morante, the Giovani Cannibali Writers and the memory of the Shoah and as author of, among others: Forging Shoah Memories: Italian Women Writers, Jewish Identity, and the Holocaust (2014), Quella difficile identità (2012), A Multitude of Women: The Challenges of the Contemporary Italian Novel (2008), Elsa Morante e l'eredità proustiana (1998).

Valerio Magrelli is a professor of French literature at the University of Cassino and a frequent contributor to the cultural pages of Italian newspaper La Repubblica. He is the author of several prize-winning poetry collections, among them, Ora Serrata Retinae (1980), Nature e Venature (Natures and Veinings, 1987) and Esercizi di Tipologia (Typtological Exercises, 1992). Among his prose work, Nel Condominio di Carne (2003) recently published in the U.S. (The Condominium of the Flesh, 2016) and Geologia di un Padre (2013). His latest poetry collection, Il Sangue Amaro, was published in 2014.

Nanni Moretti is an Italian film-maker and actor, living in Rome. Since 1973, when he directected his first film, he has had a long and successful career, winning the Silver Lion at the 38th Venice Film Festival for Sweet Dreams (Sogni d’Oro, 1981), the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize at the 36th Berlin International Film Festival for The Mass Is Ended (La Messa e’ Finita, 1985) as well as Best Director for Dear Diary (Caro Diario, 1993) at the 1994 Film Festival at Cannes, where, in 2001 he was awarded the Palme d'Or for The Son’s Room (La Stanza del Figlio). His latest film, Mia Madre, is now showing in U.S. movie theaters.


Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016

Time: At 6:00 pm

Organized by : IIC

Entrance : Free