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Goodbye Dolce Vita. La donna è mobile: a talk with Claudia Durastanti and Lauren Elkin



Goodbye Dolce Vita. La donna è mobile: a talk with Claudia Durastanti and Lauren Elkin

Who said that the flâneur, wandering aimlessly with the tide of their emotions, is only a male literary figure? And how did Italian – but not only Italian – cities change? Is it still possible to find a specific urban landscape?

Claudia Durastanti and Lauren Elkin – two women writers who shaped their identities as writers thanks to travels – discuss about this topic at Goodbye Dolce Vita. They meet here for the first time, but they share the same look of writers-globetrotters.

Claudia Durastanti
was born in New York to Italian parents. She lives in London. Her writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Nero Magazine, and La Repubblica. In 2015, she was the Italian Fellow for Literature at the American Academy in Rome and was selected as one of the best Italian writers under 40. Her last novel Cleopatra va in prigione, which has been enthusiastically welcomed by the Italian critics, deals with a “peripheral” female character wandering in an untypical Rome, different from the clichés of cinema and mass tourism.

Lauren Elkin
was born in New York. Her essays on literature are featured on The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement. Since 2004 she lives in Paris. Her last non-fiction book is Flâneuse: Women Walk the City, a cultural story of women writers and artists who have found inspiration by engaging with cities on foot, such as Virginia Woolf, Sophie Calle, London, Venice, Paris and Tokyo.



Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entry : Free


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