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"My Two Italies", presented by author Joseph Luzzi



On the Occasion of the 14th Annual Italian Language Week in the World

Presented under the High Auspices of the President of the Republic of Italy,

The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago Andrea Raos

is pleased to invite you to


My Two Italies

by author Joseph Luzzi 

Presentation of “My Two Italies” by author Joseph Luzzi . A child of Italian immigrants and an award-winning scholar of Italian literature, Joseph Luzzi straddles two perspectives to link his family’s dramatic story to Italy’s north-south divide, its quest for a unifying language, and its passion for art, food, and family.

From his Calabrian father’s time as a military internee in Nazi Germany—where he had a love affair with a local Bavarian woman—to his adventures amid the Renaissance splendor of Florence, Luzzi creates a deeply personal portrait of Italy that leaps past facile clichés about Mafia madness and Tuscan sun therapy. He delves instead into why Italian Americans have such a complicated relationship with the “old country,” and how Italy produces some of the world’s most astonishing art while suffering from corruption, political fragmentation, and an enfeebled civil society.    

Luzzi shares how his “two Italies”—the earthy southern Italian world of his immigrant childhood and the refined “northern” Italian realm of his professional life—join and clash in unexpected ways that continue to enchant the many millions who are either connected to Italy by ancestry or bound to it by love.

Presented in collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency and Italbooks.

This event is free and open to the public.


A reception will follow.

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Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014

Entrance : Free