Multipli Forti: Italian literary fiction festival (2nd edition)
April 26, 2023, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
General admission: Free
CIMA is proud to host the morning of the second day of the second annual Italian Literary Fiction Festival.
in collaboration with
Italian General Consulate in Boston — FUIS (Italian Unitary Writers’ Federation) — THE BRIDGE Award – (CIMA) The Center for Italian Modern Art) — NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò – RIZZOLI Bookstore – – Boston Public Library – I AM Books
Voices from Contemporary Italian Literature
ITALIAN LITERARY FICTION FESTIVAL – II EDITION
NEW YORK CITY
25 – 26 – 27 April, 2023
ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE – CIMA – CASA ITALIANA ZERILLI MARIMO’ NYU – RIZZOLI Bookstore
28 – 29 April, 2023
ITALIAN GENERAL CONSULATE – BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY – I AM books
An initiative aimed at the public of readers and the international publishing world (publishing houses, literary agencies, editors and translators) promoted by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York directed by Fabio Finotti with the collaboration of FUIS (Italian Unitary Writers’ Federation), with the artistic direction of Maria Ida Gaeta supported by a leading group of scholars and experts (Alessandro Giammei, Chiara Benetollo, Monica Calabritto, Luca Briasco, Eugenio Refini). The first edition was held in June 2022 and was born with the hope that it could become an annual appointment to build a literary bridge between Italy and the United States, beyond any cultural stereotype. The second edition strengthens this event and will take place both in New York City and in Boston thanks to the collaboration with the Italian General Consulate.
Multipli Forti is a transatlantic window on major literary trends of Italian fiction, told by the authors who are writing it. We asked them to think about six major themes that shape today’s literature in their language. Each event of Multipli Forti will revolve around their response to these themes, which take the form of short stories, literary memoirs and meditations, swift brief essays and, in some cases, even personal confessions. The first theme is that of individual and collective destinies, along the line that connects Dante to contemporary attempts to write in the first person—while writing about the whole world. The second theme is “Italianness” itself, and how what we call “Italian Literature” is, in fact, informed by foreign, alien, and estranging, vital influences. The hand-to-hand combat with reality is the third theme: political engagement, from the Renaissance concept of inchiesta to the current hybridizations of fiction and reportage. The fourth theme is myth, as either a fellow or an enemy to history. As reservoirs of images, history and myth blur the boundaries between fantasy and reality: they are a common language that builds communities. The fifth theme is bodies, and we associate it with the issue of power. We invited authors to think about authority, and about how authority disciplines our bodies in relation to political, literary, and psychological institutions. The last theme, Genius loci, is the theme of places, of vernacular and dialectal traditions in a land of proudly different territories, the theme of the thin line that separates the familiar from the unknown.
PROGRAM at CIMA on Wednesday, APRIL 26
Readings from Alba De Cespedes y Bertini’s Quaderno proibito
read by Ann Goldstein from her own translation
Fumettibrutti and Giorgio Vasta with Ramak Fazel
RESPONDENT: Tiziana Lo Porto
MODERATOR : Chiara Benetollo
Light lunch will be served
General admission: Free