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Italian writers win over Czech readers

A supplement to the Literarni Noviny literary magazine dedicated to contemporary Italian literature was presented at Prague’s Literarni Kavarna literary café.

The supplement, edited in cooperation with the local Italian Cultural Institute, makes an overview of 16 writers whose works have been recently published in the Czech language, complemented with articles, interviews and in-depth reports.  

The supplement was edited under the supervision of the director of the Italian Cultural Institute,

Giovanni Sciola, and of Prof Alice Flemrova, from the Charles University of Prague, who won the Flaiano Italianistica Prize for Italian scholars in Pescara last July for her translations of Pirandello’s plays into the Czech language. “I am convinced that this initiative can turn out to be useful to further develop Italian studies in the Czech Republic, promoting contemporary Italian literature in this Country and strengthening our cooperation in the dynamic publishing sector,” said Director Sciola, emphasising how the Italian Cultural Institute is committed to supporting Czech editors with incentives and contributions for the translation of Italian literary works. The authors included in the Literarni Noviny literary supplement, in addition to Claudio Magris, who was invited to the Czech capital a little more than one year ago, where he was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize, are Antonio Moresco, Paolo Cognetti, Sebastiano Vassalli, Gianrico Carofiglio, Maurizio De Giovanni, Nicolai Lilin, Alessandro Piperno, Alessandro Baricco, Paolo Giordano, Donatella Di Pietrantonio, Giorgio Vasta, Elena Ferrante, Michela Murgia, Paolo Sorrentino and Alda Merini. During the last four years, six of these (Magris, Moresco, Giordano, Lilin, Vasta and Murgia) have been invited at the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague while Paolo Cognetti is planned to go next May.

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