Professor Carmine Vittoria Returns to Discuss Two New Books

Aug 30, 2023 194

BY: Nancy DeSanti

AMHS is pleased to present Professor Carmine Vittoria as the speaker at our next luncheon program at Casa Italiana in DC on Sunday, September 10, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. MHS members may recall that Professor Vittoria gave us a talk in June 2019, just after he had finished his took “Bitter Chicory and Sweet Espresso,” his own story of hardship and survival as a boy growing up in the small town of Avella near Napoli before, during, and shortly after World War II. 

He spent two years writing the book, whose title is a metaphor for the hard times and better times during the period 1940-1949. He told this human and military story from the point of view of what a young boy saw and heard then in the town of Avella. His own family endured many hardships, but he likes to quote the Neapolitan credo “ci arrangiamo” (we manage by ourselves).

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