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Italian Inspirations: Elif Shafak on Primo Levi



Italian Inspirations: Elif Shafak on Primo Levi

"Italian Inspirations" is a series of eight encounters in which a prominent British or UK-based author talks about an Italian writer – either classic or contemporary – whose work they especially admire. Curated and moderated by Boyd Tonkin, each event will take the shape of an informal conversation about the ways in which writers read, and respond to, their great precursors or their distinguished contemporaries.

After Hanif Kureishi, Sarah Dunant, Lisa Appignanesi, Aamer Hussein, Ben Okri and Jamie McKendrick, guest of the seventh encounter will be Elif Shafak, talking about Primo Levi’s works.

Last event will be on Wednesday 18th October.


Elif Shafak is a Turkish author, columnist, speaker and academic. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 15 books, 10 of which are novels, including the bestselling The Bastard of Istanbul and The Forty Rules of Love. Her books have been translated into 47 languages and have been long- and shortlisted, among others, for the Orange Prize, MAN Asian Prize, Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize.
She has been featured in major newspapers and periodicals including the Financial Times, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Der Spiegel and La Repubblica.
Shafak is a TED Global speaker and a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy in Davos. She has been awarded the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2010 by the French government.

Boyd Tonkin is literary critic for the Financial Times, Economist and Spectator, and former literary editor of The Independent. He is a special advisor to the Booker International Prize for which he was also chair of the judges in the 2016.


Date: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : IIC Londra

Entry : Free


IIC Londra