How can writers engage with the reality of their country, beyond easy clichés or postcard-like visions? In this conversation, award-winning Sardinian author, journalist, and activist Michela Murgia talks about the relationship between realism and the myths of one’s homeland, and how a writer or an intellectual can be vocal about the most compelling political issues of their time. Michela Murgia will be joined by another special guest, award-winning author Ben Okri, making this a truly extraordinary conversation.
Michela Murgia is one of the most popular writers in Italy. With her novel Accabadora she won the Premio Campiello in 2010. Her latest books, both published in 2018, are L’inferno è una buona memoria and the pamphlet Istruzioni per diventare fascista.
Ben Okri is a Nigerian novelist and poet. With The Famished Road he won the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1991, making him one of the youngest ever recipients of the prize. Recently in 2018 he has received critical acclaim with the play The Outsider, adapted by Albert Camus’s novel, staged at the Print Room at the Coronet.
Chair: Paolo Nelli is an London-based writer and teaches Italian language and culture at King’s College.