After 15 years of absence, Italy returns to the Tunis International Book Fair, the country’s most important literary event, now in its 37th edition.
Two events organised by the Italian Cultural Institute of Tunis are scheduled for Sunday 7 May. The first will be dedicated to Arabic translations of Italo Calvino’s works, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the writer’s birth. Ahmed Somai, an Italianist and translator into Arabic of authors such as Umberto Eco, Niccolò Ammaniti, Luigi Pirandello, Giuseppe Bonaviri, as well as of Calvino, and Mario Sei, writer and lecturer in Italian civilisation and literature at the University of Manouba in Tunis and specialist on Italo Calvino, will be conversing on the subject.
The second event will be aimed at children and will feature Geronimo Stilton, the mouse-journalist beloved by children all over the world, who will present to young Tunisian readers the Arabic-language edition of his book A Journey to Discover Italy – A Thousand Wonders, published by Edizioni Piemme, in collaboration with Atlantyca Entertainment and produced for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.