Coexistence and literature: a question of homeland?

11 Fernando Aramburu with Wlodek Goldkorn

Coexistence and literature: a question of homeland?

€ 3.00
Saturday 25 May 2019 16.30
piazza San Bartolomeo 1

The difficulty of living together, hate and revenge have always been central themes in literature since the times the art began. These subjects are also present in Fernando Aramburu’s novel Homeland and his stories in Dopo le fiamme. Here, the power of great literature uses a unique style to tell the story of a community where fanaticism and common sense live together, terrorists and normal people, violence and sharing. A world intertwining love and hate, heroism and cowardice, wounded feelings and unexpressed pain.

An encounter with one of the most popular authors of recent years, reflecting on writing as a form of memory against the oblivion, in an age marked by many different terrors, when it is complicated to look back and come to terms with the past. Examining the shadows of life, the grey areas between good and evil, between justice and terror, which only literature can recount. This can also help us to avoid repeating the same mistakes and to learn the rules of coexistence.


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Fernando Aramburu, born in San Sebastián, Spain, in 1959, studied Spanish Philology at Saragozza University and the 1990s he moved to Germany to teach Spanish. He has published novels and short story collections, translated into many different languages. Homeland, released in Spain in 2016, was a huge hit and award winner, including the Critics’ Prize. Published in Italy by Guanda in 2017, it also intrigued Italian readers and critics and in 2018 it won the European Strega Prize and the Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa Literary Prize. Guanda has also published the novel Anni lenti (2018) and Dopo le fiamme (2019).

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Wlodek Goldkorn writes for the magazine L’Espresso and the paper la Repubblica. He is the author of: La scelta di Abramo. Identità ebraiche e postmodernità (Bollati Boringhieri, 2006); Il bambino nella neve (Feltrinelli, 2016); and Il guardiano. Marek Edelman racconta (with R. Assuntino, Sellerio, 2016).

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