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Presentation of the book "Non posso fermarmi" by Caterina Soffici
Thu 11 May 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
Presentation of the book Non posso fermarmi (Feltrinelli, 2017) by Caterina Soffici.
The author will be present, in dialogue with Benedetta Cibrario.
Bartolomeo, distracted and kind philosophy student, finds one day on the bottom of a drawer a letter addressed to his grandmother Lina: its few lines – “Missing, assumed drowned” – deny the family version of grandfather Bart as killed on the front. Nobody is able to tell him more about his grandfather, of whom he bears the name but whom he never knew. In his personal search for truth, Bartolomeo discovers histories of reticence, love and friendship – the old friend Florence, the life in Clerkenwell, the industrious happiness of the cafés, the songs and the music, the crowd at the parade for the Madonna del Carmelo, the dancing evenings – until an event is enlightened, which was fallen into oblivion: the shipwreck of the Arandora Star, loaded with Italian internees and torpedoed by a German submarine. In the tragedy of 2nd July 1940, 446 people drowned, civilians who were deported after Mussolini’s declaration of war to England, innocent victims of suspect and xenophobia. Bartolomeo and Florence relieve from silence the stories of those broken lives, moving forward to the last, incredible revelation.
Caterina Soffici presents her first novel in dialogue with Benedetta Cibrario, both Italian writers associated by their life in England.
Caterina Soffici was born in Florence and lives in London. Nessuno può fermarmi is her first novel. With Feltrinelli she also published the bestseller Ma le donne no (2010) and Italia Yes Italia No (2014). She writes for various magazines and newspapers such as “Vanity Fair”, “Il Venerdì di Repubblica” and “Il Fatto Quotidiano”. She believes in the power of words to change lives and she therefore collaborates with the Ministry of Stories, the Hoxton workshop in East London, where children and kids are taught the importance of creativity, narrative and memory.
Benedetta Cibrario was born in Florence in 1962. Since 1995 Cibrario has lived in both Italy and England. Her debut novel Rossovermiglio, written while she was living in Oxford, was published by Feltrinelli in 2007 and awarded the premio Campiello in 2008. She is also the author of Sotto cieli noncuranti (2009, Premio Rapallo Carige 2010), Lo Scurnuso (2011) and L’uomo che dormiva al parco (2012). In 2012 she was honoured with the title of Commendatore, OMRI - the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.