Tuesday, 10 October 6pm : Italian Cultural Institute
Speakers: Alane Mason Salierno, Joseph Luzzi, Greg Pell (translator).
The Italian Cultural Institute in New York
is pleased to host the presentation of the book
When Things Happen
by Italian writer
(Rutgers University Press, 2023).
The author Angelo Cannavacciuolo
in conversation with:
Gregory Pell, Translator and Professor of
Romance Languages and Literatures Hofstra University
Alane Salierno Mason,
Vice president and Executive Editor, W.W. Norton & Company
and Founder Words Without Border
October 10, 2023 | 6PM
Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue, New York
Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele Campo is living the bourgeois Italian dream. Now a speech pathologist in his forties, he resides in an expensive Naples home with his partner, Costanza, daughter of an upper-class family. Michele’s own family origins, however, are murkier. When he is assigned to work with five-year-old foster child Martina, he grows increasingly engrossed by her case, as his own buried family history slowly claws its way back to the surface. The first novel by acclaimed Italian writer Angelo Cannavacciuolo to be translated into English, When Things Happen tells a powerful and intriguing story of what we lose when we leave our origins behind. It presents a panoramic view of Neapolitan society unlike any in literature, revealing a city of extreme contrasts, with a glamorous center ringed by suburban squalor. Above all, it is a psychologically nuanced portrait of a man struggling to locate what he values in life and the poor vulnerable child who helps him find it. You can order the book HERE
A. Cannavacciuolo is an award-winning Neapolitan writer and director. He is the author of several books, including Guardiani delle Nuvole (1999) and Il soffio delle Fate (2001). Read more HERE.