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Ian Thomson: “Writing About Levi”



Ian Thomson: “Writing About Levi”

For “Primo Levi At 100”, the centennial of Primo Levi’s birth, journalist, translator and writer Ian Thomson presents the new edition of his classic biography of Primo Levi. Program presented in collaboration with the Primo Levi Center NY and NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli/Marimò.

Ian Thomson was born in London in 1961, but grew up in New York, where his father worked for a bank. His mother, a Baltic émigrée, came to England in 1947. He was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and in the 1980s he worked in Rome as a teacher, translator, journalist and writer. He contributes regularly to a number of magazines, among them the Observer, Times Literary Supplement and the Spectator. His first important book, Bonjour Blanc: A Journey Through Haiti (1992), considered a “great and abiding classic” by the film director Jonathan Demme, was listed for the Thomas Cook Travel Award. His biography of Primo Levi, Primo Levi: A Life (2002), took 10 years to write and won the Royal Society of Literature’s W. H. Heinemann Award.

In 2005 Thomson returned to the West Indies to write The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica (2009). Banned in Jamaica for political reasons, the book was awarded the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book Award. Ian Thomson has translated the Sicilian crime writer and essayist Leonardo Sciascia into English, and edited Articles of Faith: The Collected Tablet Journalism of Graham Greene (2006). In addition he has contributed a short story to Kingston Noir (2012). His latest book, Dante’s Divine Comedy (2019), reflects a lifelong interest for Italy. He is currently working on a book about his mother’s birthplace in the Baltic during World War II.

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Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Time: From 7:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : ICI

In collaboration with : Casa Italiana Zerilli/Marimò -Centro Primo Levi

Entrance : Free


Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò, 24 West 12 Street, N