Club di Lettura – Summer – Intermediate to Advanced – Afternoon Class

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8 Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Please note: This class fills up quickly. Sign up early and remember to order your book as soon a possible!

Book: Il dolore perfetto by Ugo Riccarelli ISBN: 978-8804744085 (for the paper version)
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: $200 (early registration) $220 (After 6/26)
Dates: 07/12 – 08/30

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 know that this is the right level for you, please sign up! If you are not sure, let us help: please get in touch by email.

Riassunto del libro

Alla fine dell’Ottocento un uomo parte da una città del Sud per raggiungere Colle, un paesino toscano. È il Maestro, giovane anarchico che, in questo luogo insieme reale e fiabesco, decide di unire la propria vita a quella della vedova Bartoli. Dal loro amore nascono Ideale, Mikhail, Libertà e Cafiero: figli dai nomi carichi di speranza che dal padre erediteranno i sogni e la fede nell’utopia. A Colle vivono anche i Bertorelli, ricchi commercianti di maiali. Due famiglie che si uniscono quando la dolce e saggia Annina si innamora di Cafiero… Dagli ultimi anni dell’Ottocento alla fine del secondo conflitto mondiale, le vite dei protagonisti, i loro amori, le nascite, i sogni, i tradimenti e le riconciliazioni si intrecciano alle trasformazioni imposte dal progresso, dalle guerre, dalle lotte sociali in un romanzo che ha il profumo dei racconti ascoltati attorno al fuoco nelle sere d’inverno.
Vincitore premio Strega 2004.


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