DANTE MARATHON - The Inferno: A Continuous Reading

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Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Hours: 6pm to midnight

Venue: Italian Cultural Institute of New York

Organized by: ICI

On the occasion of the 750th anniversary of Dante Alighieri's birth, (1265-1321), the Italian Cultural Institute wishes to honor Italy's greatest poet by holding a continuous reading of the Divine Comedy's first Cantica, the "Inferno". We wish to celebrate Dante not only as the father of the Italian language and literature but also as the writer who ceaselessly pursued knowledge of what it is to be human and who could declare that "the whole world [was his] homeland, as the sea is to fish" (Nos autem cui mundus est patria velut piscibus equor, De vulgari eloquentia, I, iv). To stress Dante's universal appeal, the 34 Cantos narrating his journey through hell will be read by 34 different readers, 17 in the Italian and 17 in translation, each in a different language.

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Source: http://www.iicnewyork.esteri.it/

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