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Talk by Prof. Mario Barenghi on Italian author Italo Calvino  

Italo Calvino l’invito con QR finalizzato

In the framework of Italian Language Week, whose theme this year is “Italian and Sustainability” the Italian Cultural Centre is hosting a talk by Prof. Mario Barenghi (Prof. of contemporary literature at University of Milano-Bicocca) on renowned Italian author Italo Calvino, to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of his birth. The topic of the talk will be “Italo Calvino: Steps to An Ecology of Words”. 

About Prof. Mario Barenghi:

Mario Barenghi (Milano, 1956),  professor of Contemporary Italian Literature at the University of Milano Bicocca, is one of the best known Calvino’s scholars. He dealt with several narrators of the last two centuries (including Primo Levi and Alessandro Manzoni) and with problems of literary theory, namely the relationship between poetry and human evolution.

About Calvino he has published two books (Italo Calvino, le linee e i margini, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2007; Calvino, 2009) and several essays. His latest books are In extremis. Il tema funebre nella narrativa italiana del Novecento (Carocci, Roma, 2023); Il chimico e l’ostrica. Studi su Primo Levi (Quodlibet, Macerata, 2022); Poetici primati. Saggio su letteratura e evoluzione (Quodlibet, Macerata, 2020).

About Italo Calvino:

Italo Calvino (October 15, 1923 – September 19, 1985) was a renowned Italian fiction writer and one of the leading figures in 20th-century post-modern writing. After beginning his writing career as a politically-motivated realist, Calvino would go on to produce short yet elaborate novels that serve as investigations of reading, writing, and thinking itself. However, it would be wrong to characterize Calvino’s late style as a complete break with his earlier work. Folk tales, and oral storytelling generally, were among Calvino’s major inspirations. Calvino spent the 1950s seeking out and transcribing examples of Italian folklore, and his collected folktales were published in George Martin’s acclaimed English translation. But oral storytelling is also prominent in Invisible Cities, which is perhaps his best-known novel, and which consists mostly of imaginary dialogues between Venetian traveler Marco Polo and Tartar emperor Kublai Khan.

Where: Zoom Meeting link: 

When: 2nd November, at 3:00 PM