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Gli ultimi libertini: Benedetta Craveri in dialogue with Caroline Moorehead...
Mon 5 June 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
On the occasion of the publication of Gli ultimi libertini, which will be published in English by The Books of the New York Review, the Italian Cultural Institute hosts Benedetta Craveri in dialogue with Caroline Moorehead and David Calarco.
“This book” announces the author in the preface “tells the story of a group of aristocrats whose youth coincided with the last state of grace of the French monarchy”. Its seven emblematic characters have been chosen not just for “the novel-esque nature of their adventures and affairs”, but also (especially, perhaps) for “the awareness with which they experienced the crisis of the Ancien Regime civilisation […] looking straight into the arising new world”.
Between the elegant rites of mundanity and the tumultuous political upheavals, Benedetta Craveri describes a transition epoch which will mark the forms of social and intellectual life well beyond the French borders, with comparisons with contemporary England and, perhaps, also with today’s society.
Benedetta Craveri graduated in Literature in 1969 with Giovanni Macchia. She has been Professor at the Universities of Tuscia, Suor Orsola Benincasa in Naples and Sorbonne (Paris IV). She was honoured with the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and with the Officier des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic. In 2006 she was awarded the “Prix du rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature françaises” by the Académie Française. She collaborates with the newspapers and magazines “La Repubblica” and “The New York Review of Books”. Since August 2016 she is member of the Accademia dei Lincei.
Caroline Moorehead is a historian and biographer, whose books include the lives of Bertrand Russell, Iris Origo, Martha Gellhorn and Lucy de la Tour du Pin. She is also the author of a book about refugees, Human Cargo, and has written and made films about human rights. She is currently at work on the fourth in a series of books about resistance before and during world war 2. Her last book, A Bold and Dangerous Family, The Rossellis and the fight against fascism, will be presented at the Italian Cultural Institute on June 14th with David Gilmour.
David Calarco grew up between Italy and Switzerland and lives in London. After a BA in Modern Languages, he read English Literature at King’s College. The author of Viaggio d’Inverno (Premio Luzi 2017) and a specialist in decorative arts at Sotheby’s, he collaborates with the “Times Literary Supplement”.