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ITALIAN WRITER ERRI DE LUCA VISITS HOUSTON FOR THE WEEK OF ITALIAN LANGUAGE

Date:

10/04/2012



ITALIAN WRITER ERRI DE LUCA VISITS HOUSTON FOR THE WEEK OF ITALIAN LANGUAGE

 

On November 7 the Italian Community and Cultural Center hosted a presentation by Italian author Erri de Luca. The event was organized by the Consulate General of Italy in Houston, the University of  Houston, the University of  St. Thomas and the Italian Community Cultural Center, and is a highlight of the activities organized for the Week of Italian language 2012.

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he introduction for the short film Napolide, inspired by De Luca's book with the same title, was made by  Prof. Alessandro Carrera from the University of Houston.

"Conciseness and the sophisticated use of simple words mark the style of the renowned screenwriter, poet and translator Erri De Luca - said Prof. Carrera – thus allowing the reader to attain easily the heart of complex existential issues".

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he short film dedicated to Naples shows the Gulf, glimpses of narrow alleys and the ancient underground city. Erri De Luca, whose voice accompanies the images, describes Naples as a city of catastrophic beauty. Neapolitans, a sismic and hazardous people in constant movement who draw energy from this geographical beauty. 

The public addressed many questions related to the themes of Erri de Luca's books, such as immigration, war, the passion for nature and the use of words. Erri De Luca explained in detail the Neapolitan custom of cutting the last vowel of each word, which stems from the necessity of being fast and make one heard among the crowd.

"It's a pleasure to witness in Houston a homage to the Italian language and culture thanks to Erri De Luca – commented the Consul General of Italy Fabrizio Nava.

Further information is available on the web site http://errideluca.free.fr/index-it.htm

(Gabriella Papale)


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