Written in Italy is an international travelling exhibition of Italian literary works translated abroad. The exhibition, which was presented for the first time in Foggia in January 2009, was conceived by Italian journalist and peculiar collector Davide Grittani, who throughout his life cultivated the passion of collecting translations into foreign languages of literary works by some among the most celebrated Italian authors.
The exhibition, organised under the patronage of the Ministry for the Arts and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, includes today 2,850 books representing 47 languages, 600 authors and 17 alphabets. It has also involved 40 Italian and 12 foreign publishers, 53 writers, 40 Italian Cultural Institutes, 10 literary agencies and 30 Embassies, all of this only five years after its inception. Written in Italy has been exhibited in Foggia, Rome, Cordoba, Leuca, Skopje, Vilnius, Amsterdam, Seoul, Turin, Doha, Bologna and Montevideo. The story of this ‘journey’ will be contained in Davide Grittani’s book C’era un paese che invidiavano tutti (There was a country that everybody was jealous of), with an introduction by Corriere della Sera’s special reporter Ettore Mo and a contribution by Dacia Maraini, which will be published in 2015. The exhibition at the State Library of NSW will include approx. 250-300 volumes.
Born in Foggia, Davide Grittani works for newspaper La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno. He has published Rondò (Transeuropa 1998, introduction by Giampaolo Rugarli), Verso Sud (Grenzi 2000, introduction by Corrado Augias) and Colpa di nessuno (Utopia 2004, with a contribution by Giorgio Bocca). For his project Written in Italy he was been awarded in 2010 the national journalistic prize ‘Maria Grazia Cutuli’.
The event has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of the following organizations:
The University of Sydney
Parco Nazionale del Gargano
Comune di Manfredonia
Date: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - Monday, May 05, 2014
Opening hours: 9am–5pm(Mon.Wed.Fri.)9am-8pm(Tue.)10am-5pm(Sat. Su
Location: Jean Garling Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney
organised by: Italian Cultural Institute, State Library of NSW
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