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The Missing Word



The Missing Word

Thursday 26 May, 6pm   
The Missing Word   
Concita De Gregorio presents her latest book, recently published in English by Europa Editions, in conversation with the translator Clarissa Botsford   
Organised in collaboration with Europa Editions   

Based on a true story, an urgently told psychological thriller and the fierce portrait of a woman in all her frailty and courage.

Irina's life with her husband and her twin daughters is orderly. An Italian living in Switzerland, she works as a lawyer. One day, something breaks. The marriage ends without apparent trauma, but on a weekend seemingly like any other, the girls' father takes Alessia and Livia away with him. They disappear. A few days later the man takes his own life. Of the girls, there is no trace.Concita De Gregorio takes the unadorned, terrible facts of this true story and embodies the protagonist's voice. In a narrative that is fast and urgent, she unravels these traumatic events to tell the story of a mother bereft of her children - a state for which there is no word.The Missing Word delves deep into Irina's thoughts and memories as she grasps at the shreds of truth and, piece by piece, stitches her life back together.

Concita De Gregorio is a writer, journalist, and broadcaster. One of la Repubblica's best known and long-established columnists, she has written several works of non-fiction on politics and current affairs, as well as women's and children's issues. She was the editor of l'Unità newspaper, and is the creator and host of several successful news and current affairs programs for Italian national radio and television. The Missing Word is her second novel.

Clarissa Botsford studied Italian at Cambridge and Comparative Education in London. She currently teaches English and Translation Studies at Roma Tre University. Her translations from the Italian include Tonight is Already Tomorrow by Lia Levi (Europa, 2021) and Nives by Sacha Naspini (Europa, 2021).

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Data: Gio 26 Mag 2022

Orario: Alle 18:00

Ingresso : Libero