The moving and essential story of an Italian doctor who has worked for 25 years on the front line of what is perhaps the largest mass migration in human history. The island of Lampedusa has hit the world headlines in recent years as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of migrants. Since the shipwrecks began in 1992, Doctor Bartolo has been rescuing, welcoming, helping, and providing medical assistance to those who survived. But above all, he has been listening to them.
Literary magazine Colla presents Italians, a special issue entirely dedicated to female Italian authors living outside of Italy. The event includes readings by Serena Braida – who will present her story Spiaggia finta in baracche a Camden – and by Berlin-based author Giorgia Bernardini, who will be joining us in London for this special event.
What is wrong (again) with Italian politics? The entire western world is in political turmoil, but when it comes to Italy, this turmoil seems to be deep and particularly complex. Is Italy once again in the vanguard when it comes to the decline of western democracy and new forms of populism? Is there something new happening in its political scene, or is it just something very old?
Despite the traditional difficulties of translated literature in the English-speaking world, contemporary Italian literature is having a blast in the UK: over sixty books were translated within the past year, and twenty publishing houses were involved. The worldwide success of Elena Ferrante’s books has paved the way, but all sorts of different Italian books and novels are now being translated. Literary scout Rebecca Servadio leads a panel discussion with prominent publishers and editors on the new “Italian wave” in the UK publishing market.