Join us on Friday, November 3, 2023
Open doors @ 6:00 pm
Where: Wasserman Projects: 3434 Russell St #502, Detroit, MI 48207
The Event is Free and Open to the Public, but you’ll need to make a reservation.
The conversation will take place primarily in English; Italian and non-Italian speakers are welcome to join!
Sguardo a Oriente is a collection of reportages, memories, and stories about various Asian countries, including Afghanistan, China, Korea, Japan, India, Iran, Palestine, Pakistan, Syria, Tibet, Turkey, Vietnam, and Yemen. In this book, Maraini’s language takes on a new voice, exploring the typical pace of travel books. Her writing style reflects that of her grandmother Yoï, her father Fosco, and her mother Topazia, who all loved to travel and tell stories about their experiences and the people they met on their journeys.
Born in Florence in 1936, Dacia Maraini has for many years worked as one of Italy’s most committed and widely acclaimed feminist authors. She has won various awards in recognition of her literary contributions: the Formentor Prize for L’età del malessere (1963); the Premio Fregene for Isolina (1985); the Premio Campiello and Book of the Year Award for La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa (1990); and the Premio Strega for Buio (1999). She co-founded the Teatro del Porcospino in the 1960s and established the feminist experimental theatre La Maddalena in Rome in 1973. Several films have been made from her books, and she has written screenplays for directors such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Marco Ferreri, Carlo Di Palma, and Margarethe Von Trotta. In 2013, Irish Braschi’s biographical documentary I Was Born Travelling recounted the story of Maraini’s life, focusing in particular on her childhood imprisonment in a concentration camp in Japan during World War II and the journeys she made around the world with her partner Alberto Moravia and close friends Pier Paolo Pasolini and Maria Callas.
Dacia was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize and a three-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Week of Italian Language in the World is organized under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic by the Consulate of Italy in Detroit, the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, with the support of the Italian American Club of Livonia Charitable Foundation (IACLCF)
ADDITIONAL EVENT @ Michigan League - Michigan Room 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Additional Events, also on Zoom for participant Universities:
Michigan League - Michigan Room 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
911 N. UNIVERSITY AVE - Ann Arbor, MI 48109
This event is part of the XXII Week of Italian Language in the World. It is co-sponsored by the Consulate of Italy in Detroit, the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.