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Valerio Magrelli: a detective in verses



Valerio Magrelli: a detective in verses

A new stage in the English-Italian dialogue on crime literature with poet Valerio Magrelli, poet and translator Jamie McKendrick and Karen Robinson, from The Times Crime Club.

Valerio Magrelli's new collection of poems Il commissario Magrelli is introduced by a declaration in which he states that, since nowadays all books have an investigator, he decided to become himself an investigator of poetry, to head off on the trails of the mischiefs that remain unpunished in this world.

Through a reading of the poems in the two languages, the poet will explore the reasons at the root of the great interest on this genre in contemporary society and the relationship between poetry and justice, with the help and participation of Jamie MacKendrick and Karen Robinson.

Event in Italian with simultaneous translation in English


Valerio Magrelli is the author of many poetry collections, for which he has won the Mondello Prize, the Viareggio Prize for poetry, and the Montale Prize. In November 2003 the Accademia dei Lincei awarded him the Premio Antonio Feltrinelli. A professor of French literature at the University of Cassino, he is also a frequent contributor to the cultural pages of several Italian dailies. His poems have been translated into English, French, Spanish and a number of other languages.

Jamie McKendrick has written six books of poems, the most recent, Out There, won the Hawthornden Prize. He has translated the six books of Giorgio Bassani’s Il romanzo di Ferrara as well as a number of Italian poets. In 2016 he has been awarded the John Florio prize for translation from Italian for his translation of Antonella Anedda’s Archipelago.

Karen Robinson is the Supplements Editor of The Sunday Times, and runs The Times / Sunday Times Crime Club, a monthly bulletin dedicated to the best of crime and thriller fiction.


Date: Monday, February 18, 2019

Time: At 7:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entrance : Free