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When:

Tue 18 Mar 2014, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: conted2

Crime fiction in Italy developed late, compared with other European countries. Since its origins, however, the Italian output has been characterised by high literary standards and experimentalism. Moreover, crime fiction has often been used to tackle important issues of Italian contemporary history, thus playing the role of a ‘social novel’.

This course analyses four crime novels written by Italian authors who have gained both international critical acclaim and popular success. They are:

- Carlo Emilio Gadda’s Quer Pasticciaccio Brutto de Via Merulana (1947 and 1957, translated as That Awful Mess on Via Merulana, 1984)
- Leonardo Sciascia’s Il giorno della civetta (1961, translated as The Day of the Owl, 1984)
- Giorgio Scerbanenco’s Venere Privata (1966, translated as A Private Venus 2012)
- Umberto Eco’s Il nome della rosa (1981, translated as The Name of the Rose, 1983).

This course provides the opportunity for a close reading of these novels in their historical context.

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