Book Presentation and Discussion–Cesare Pavese’s Long Journey: A Critical-Analytical Study

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6pm. John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10036. Novelist, poet, essayist, and professor Giose Rimanelli published a number of articles on Cesare Pavese's work. Over time, he cobbled these essays and others into a book on Pavese's opera omnia.

Long left unpublished, the book now appears in print thanks to Professor Mark Pietralunga, who edited the volume, and Bordighera Press, which has published other books by Giose Rimanelli, including the first reprint of his strident critique of Italy's mid-twentieth-century literary circle, Il mestiere del furbo.

Mark Pietralunga and Fabio Girelli Carasi will be present to discuss this and other works by Rimanelli. The conversation will be moderated by Anthony Julian Tamburri, dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.

"It seems appropriate that Bordighera Press would choose to publish this study on Pavese on the heels of bringing back in print Rimanelli's controversial book Il mestiere del furbo after over fifty years. Eugenio Ragni's observations in his introductory remarks to the recent re-release of Il mestiere del furbo strike us as applicable to Rimanelli's book-length study on Pavese. Ragni refers toIl mestiere del furbo as an example of intellectual independence and whose analysis is still critically valid after so many years. The same holds true for Rimanelli's study of Pavese, as does a similar careful reading of the texts combined with a balanced philological and narratological approach. Moreover, a distinguishing feature of both Il mestiere del furbo and Cesare Pavese's Long Journey: A Critical-Analytical Study, particularly from other criticism in the 1950s and early 1960s, are Rimanelli's enlightened references to foreign works and authors. Finally, the publication of this book-length study of Pavese brings to light an important chapter of Rimanelli's own life journey. It highlights a strong sense of tradition, a loyalty to place and to one's roots, and the idea of America as a metaphor for one's literary substance, one's myth, and one's destiny."
--Mark Pietralunga, from the introduction

SOURCE: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

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