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Lecture by Domenico Scarpa on Natalia Ginzburg



Lecture by Domenico Scarpa on Natalia Ginzburg

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On the Occasion of the 16th Annual Italian Language Week in the World,

Domenico Scarpa will present

Someone Who Keeps Silent: Homage to Natalia Ginzburg's Voice

October 20th at 6pm

Italian Cultural Institute

500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450

In all my plays there are some characters of whom much is said but who never put in an appearance. Being absent, they are silent. So, in the end, there is someone who is silent”.

Thus, on her eleven comedies, Natalia Ginzburg. A paradoxical statement, if we consider that it has been uttered by one of the most beautiful and well-tempered voices in the 20th century, and not in Italian literature alone. Ginzburg is a polyphonic writer who practised, and most successfully, the novel, the short story, the personal essay, the political pamphlet, the poem, the literary criticism, the portraits of a generation (All Our Yesterdays), of a giant figure in Italian literature (The Manzoni Family), and – above and first of all – of her own world and language (The Things We Used to Say). And so, there is plenty of reasons to say much about her in this centennial anniversary of her birth.

Domenico Scarpa (b. Salerno, 1965) is a literary critic, translator, and professor. In October 2014, he gave the annual Primo Levi Lecture along with Ann Goldstein, entitled In un’altra lingua / In Another Language,which has been published in a bilingual edition by Einaudi. Scarpa also collaborated with Goldstein on the three-volume edition of Primo Levi’s Complete Works (New York: Liveright, 2015). Together with Fabio Levi, he edited Primo Levi, Così fuAuschwitz. Testimonianze 1945-1986, published by Einaudi.

Scarpa earned doctoral degrees from the universities of Trentoand the Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III. He has taught at the universities of Napoli-L’Orientale and Milano-Bicocca as well as Middlebury College. His Uno. Doppio ritratto di Franco Lucentini (:duepunti, Palermo 2011) was the overall winner in the Gadda Prize “Novecento in Saggio” for 2012, awarded in Edinburgh. In 2006-2012 Scarpa edited Dal Romanticismo a oggi, the third volume of the Atlante della letteratura italiana Einaudi. He writes for the newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.

Scarpa has edited several works by Natalia Ginzburg since 1998. For the centenary of Ginzburg's birth he gave shape for Einaudi to the collectionUn'assenza. Racconti, memorie, cronache 1933-1988, containing many previously unpublished texts.

Admission is free.  RSVP at


Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Time: At 6:00 pm

Entrance : Free


Italian Cultural Institute 500 N Michigan Ave, Su