As part of the initiatives promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to celebrate the centenary of Italo Calvino’s birth, the Italian Cultural Institute of Melbourne has organised the Inaugural Lecture of the European Languages Programme dedicated to the intellectual on 10 August, together with the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics (LLCL) of Monash University.
Entitled “Altrove, altravolta, altrimenti. Italo Calvino nel mondo”, the conference, which was also attended by Jo Winning, Rector of LLCL, was delivered by Francesca Rubini of La Sapienza University of Rome and was preceded by a contribution by Prof. Laura Di Nicola, Director of the “Laboratorio Calvino” (La Sapienza University of Rome, University of Milan, University of Milan-Bicocca and University of Oxford) and member of the National Committee for the celebrations of the centenary of Italo Calvino’s birth.
Rubini’s lecture reconstructed the international dissemination of Calvino’s works in the years 1955-2020, analysing the writer’s relationship with his translations. The author, who had a globally recognised literary and cultural impact, has been translated into 56 languages.