Club di Lettura – Intermediate to Advanced – Winter

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10 Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Please note: This class fills up quickly. Sign up early!

Book: La pelle by Erri De Luca ISBN: 978-88-459-3037-9 (Please note that the book title and ISBN number are linked to two different sites: the title is linked to online resources where to purchase it and the ISBN, is linked to an online PDF version that is free and can be downloaded on your tablets.)
Location: Taught online via Zoom. An invitation and explanations on how to join the meeting will be sent to registered students.
Instructor: Enrico Della Pietra
Price: $243 (early registration) $270 (After 1/17)
Dates: 02/02 – 04/06
Need more information? Attend our online Informational Meeting on January 14th. It’s FREE!

You have been studying Italian for some time and are quite comfortable carrying on conversations on a large variety of topics but perhaps you are ready for something a bit more challenging to continue to improve your vocabulary and solidify your knowledge of Italian grammar – not to mention insight into Italian culture.
Reading a book has not yet been part of your toolbox as both the task itself – not understanding everything, having to look up too many words — seems a bit daunting and the actual selection of a book, a discouraging process! But if someone chooses the book for you and holds your hand throughout the process by allowing you to tackle it in small digestible bites that you get to discuss once a week… you may be in for a pleasant and highly rewarding experience that will contribute to boost your confidence!
If you are ready to move into the realm of unabridged literature, let the adventure begin!

You will be asked to read a certain number of pages every week at home and once a week, you will “videomeet” with your classmates and instructor for discussions, clarifications, explanations, etc. — in Italian of course!

If you need assistance to determine if this class is right for you, we would be happy to help.
Please Sign up to attend our online informational meeting on January 14th. It’s FREE!
And if you can’t, please get in touch!

Riassunto del libro
(Source: Book’s back cover)

Una terribile peste dilaga a Napoli dal giorno in cui, nell’ottobre del 1943, gli eserciti alleati vi sono entrati come liberatori: una peste che corrompe non il corpo ma l’anima, spingendo le donne a vendersi e gli uomini a calpestare il rispetto di sé. Trasformata in un inferno di abiezione, la città offre visioni di un osceno, straziante orrore: la peste – è questa l’indicibile verità – è nella mano pietosa e fraterna dei liberatori, nella loro incapacità di scorgere le forze misteriose e oscure che a Napoli governano gli uomini e i fatti della vita, nella loro convinzione che un popolo vinto non possa che essere un popolo di colpevoli. Null’altro rimane allora se non la lotta per salvare la pelle: non l’anima, come un tempo, o l’onore, la libertà, la giustizia, ma la “schifosa pelle”. Come ha scritto Milan Kundera, nella “Pelle” Malaparte “con le sue parole fa male a se stesso e agli altri; chi parla è un uomo che soffre. Non uno scrittore impegnato. Un poeta”.

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