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Elena Ferrante's Naples



Elena Ferrante's Naples

The first in a series of evenings centered around the theme "Literary Locations," Elena Ferrante's Naples will take you to one of the most extraordinary cities in Italy. Beautiful Naples has long held a place in the literary imagination. Writers as diverse as Goethe, Stendhal, Leopardi and Neruda have described its allure. For 21st-century readers, it is novelist Elena Ferrante who captures the siren call of Naples. Her city is a “mosaic of strong, disruptive emotions” that act as forces of creation and destruction in the lives of her characters. The Italian Cultural Institute invites you to an evening of discussion on Ferrante and Naples, real and imagined, with authors Sara Marinelli, Beth Nguyen, photographer Flavia Loreto, and cultural travel guide Melanie Blake.

Writer, translator, and educator, Sara Marinelli teaches Comparative Literature at the University of San Francisco, and Humanities at San Francisco State University. Every month, she co-curates and co-hosts the Hazel Reading Series, an all-women reading series in San Francisco. She is currently working on a novel about family grief, set in a religious and superstitious Naples.

Beth Nguyen is part of a writers’ book club that has been caught up in the Ferrante fever. She is the author of the novels Pioneer Girl and Short Girls, and the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner. She teaches and directs at the MFA writing program at the University of San Francisco.

Flavia Loreto is an Italian photographer specializing in street photography, portraits and events. She recently relocated to San Francisco from Germany. Her lively photos express her impressions of a day spent in Naples. The exhibition A Day in Naples will run until May 5th at the Italian Cultural Institute.

Melanie Blake is executive director of Classical Pursuits, a literary travel company that is offering The Ferrante Phenomenon: On Location in Naples and Ischia in May 2017.

Wine and Neapolitan-style refreshments will be served.

This event is free of charge for Members of the Italian Cultural Institute. Please call 415.788.7142 to reserve your seat. 

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Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute

Entrance : With fee


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