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THE MOST FAMOUS ITALIAN IN THE WORLD

Data:

05/02/2019


THE MOST FAMOUS ITALIAN IN THE WORLD

Gaia Servadio and Stefano Jossa talk about Giovanni Battista Belzoni, protagonist of Gaia Servadio's latest book "L'italiano piu' famoso del mondo" (Bompiani)

It must have been odd to meet the man whose talent, according to The Times newspaper, was that of being ‘The Most famous Italian in the World”. Also because in the early 19th century there was no Italy, the man in question was not really called Belzoni, even his date of birth was questionable. And anyway, who was that very tall, very handsome man who filled the British Museum with masterpieces? Was he a hydraulic engineer? An important spy for His Majesty’s Intelligence? A clown? A great Egyptologist? The first archaeologist in history?

Gaia Servadio who wrote about Giovanni Battista Belzoni in her latest book “L'Italiano piu’ famoso del mondo” will explain who Belzoni really was with the help of one of Italy’s brightest young intellectuals, Stefano Jossa.

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Gaia Servadio is an italian writer living in London since 1956. She has lectured in the most prestigious universities from Oxford to Cambridge to Bologna. She has written for the major Italian and British dailies and weeklies and is a regular broadcaster for radio and TV in both Italy and Uk.) She travelled on lecture tours for the Italian Foreign Ministry, was awarded the honour of Commendatore al merito della Repubblica Italiana, took part to several literary festivals. Most of her 30 books (fiction and non-fiction) have been translated all over the world.

Stefano Jossa is Reader in Italian at Royal Holloway, University of London. He specialises in the Italian Renaissance and the Italian national identity expressed through literature. He held Visiting Professorships at the Polytechnic (ETH) of Zurich (Switzerland - De Sanctis Chair, 2017), the University of Parma (Italy, 2017) and the University of Roma Tre (Italy, 2018). He has written L’Italia letteraria (Il Mulino, 2006) e L’Italia da Jacopo Ortis a Montalbano (Laterza, 2013). He has recently been editor and co-author, with Claudia Boscolo, of Scritture di resistenza. Sguardi politici dalla narrativa italiana contemporanea (Carocci, 2014).

 

Informazioni

Data: Mar 5 Feb 2019

Orario: Dalle 19:00 alle 20:30

Organizzato da : ICI London

Ingresso : Libero


Luogo:

ICI London

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