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Remembering Giorgio Bassani (1916 – 2000)



Remembering Giorgio Bassani (1916 – 2000)

To mark the centenary of Giorgio Bassani’s birth, the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with the British Library is organising a three-day conference on his life and work, with contributions from leading academics, writers and translators.

The conference, which also includes screenings of films adapted from Bassani’s works, will be held at the Italian Cultural Institute and at the British Library on Thursday 29 September, Monday 3 October and Tuesday 4 October 2016.

Thursday 29 September – Italian Cultural Institute

  • 18.00 Welcome by Marco Delogu, Director, Italian Cultural Institute
  • 18.15 “On Bassani’s poetry” – Jamie McKendrick, poet and translator, in conversation with Valerio Magrelli, poet and writer. Chaired by Ian Thomson, writer
  • 19.00 Screening of The Garden of the Finzi-Contini (Vittorio De Sica, 1970) introduced by Prof. Stephen Gundle, University of Warwick, and followed by Q&A
  • 21.00 Refreshments

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Monday 3 October – British Library

  • 10.00 Welcome by Kristian Jensen, Head of Collections and Curation, British Library, and Marco Delogu, Director, Italian Cultural Institute
  • 10.15 “Bassani today – an introduction” – Prof. Michael Caesar, University of Birmingham
  • 11.00 Break
  • 11.15 “Three women” – Elisabetta Rasy, writer and journalist
  • 12.00 Break
  • 12.15 “Giorgio Bassani and early Holocaust memory” – Prof. Robert Gordon, Cambridge University
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 15.00 “The heron” – Claudio Piersanti, writer and screenwriter
  • 15.45 Break
  • 16.00 A reading from Bassani by Greta Scacchi

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    Tuesday 4 October – Italian Cultural Institute

  • 10.00 Welcome by Marco Delogu, Director, Italian Cultural Institute, and Paola Bassani, President of “Fondazione Giorgio Bassani”
  • 10.15 Screening of a documentary interview on Giorgio Bassani
  • 11.00 Break
  • 11.15 “Inside the Stories – A genetic investigation” – Angela Siciliano, Universita’ La Sapienza, Rome
  • 12.00 Break
  • 12.15 “In memory of my friend Giorgio” – Alain Elkann, writer and journalist
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 15.00 Screening of La lunga notte del '43 (Florestano Vancini, 1960), introduced by Prof. Geoffrey Nowell Smith, Queen Mary, University of London
  • 17.30 Break
  • 17.45 Screening of Gli occhiali d'oro (Giuliano Montaldo, 1987), introduced by Prof. Stephen Gundle, University of Warwick, and followed by Q&A
  • 20.00 Closing remarks

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Data: Da Gio 29 Set 2016 a Mar 4 Ott 2016

Organizzato da : Italian Cultural Institute & British Library

In collaborazione con : Fondazione Giorgio Bassani

Ingresso : Libero


ICI London & British Library