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On Goffredo Parise



On Goffredo Parise

Marco Belpoliti and Andrea Cortellessa will talk about Italian writer and journalist Goffredo Parise, on the occasion of the 36th Issue of Riga Magazine, entirely dedicated to the author.

On August 31st 2016 has recurred the thirtieth anniversary from the death of Goffredo Parise. Among the writers of his generation he is indeed one of the most modern authors. His career started off when still incredibly young with his book Impossibile and then Il ragazzo morto e le comete followed by his largest success Il prete bello. The success achieved with this publication became somehow a problem for a person like him, imposing him the first of many changes of style and subject that will occur in his future career.

In 1972 the publication of the first volume of the Sillabari marks a new metamorphosis. To the over-politicized culture leading the seventies main literature, he replied with a dictionary of feelings empowered by Giosetta Fioroni’s shocking pink on the cover. Sadly ten years later that choice became the assumption for an ideology belonging to a disengaged generation and a long time underrated author was suddenly turned onto a cult writer, but maybe for the wrong reasons.

On this issue, Riga presents several unpublished and lost texts by Parise. Among these an unfinished novel, his political writings, the letters from Vietnam at the times of the political reportages in war, a fragment from America in the sixties and ultimately his correspondence with Italo Calvino. The issue furthermore includes a new section of essays written by academics throughout three different generations, and an extensive anthology of critiques from 1951 to 2013, including authors such as Montale, Zanotto, Sanguineti, Pasolini, Moravia, Ceronetti, Ginzburg and La Capria. Folloring Riga’s classic structure hommages by novelists and artists opening and closing the publication. On this occasion the extraordinary series of portraits of Parise made by his life companion Giosetta Fioroni.

Marco Belpoliti is a writer of essays and novels. Among his recent books: Il segreto di Goya (Johan & Levi, 2013); L'età dell'estremismo (Guanda, 2014); Primo Levi di fronte e di profilo (Guanda, 2015). He is contributor for La Stampa and L’espresso, co-director with Elio Grazioli for the series Riga, and teaches at the University of Bergamo.

Andrea Cortellessa is a literary critic and Italian literary historian. Associate professor at DAMS in Roma Tre University, where he teaches History of Literary Critic and Comparative literature.




Data: Mer 5 Ott 2016

Orario: Dalle 19:00 alle 21:00

Organizzato da : ICI London

In collaborazione con : Riga Magazine

Ingresso : Libero


ICI London