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Perché leggere "I promessi sposi" è ancora importante?
Perché leggere "I promessi sposi" è ancora importante?

Sat, 28 Oct


Canada Bay Club

Perché leggere "I promessi sposi" è ancora importante?

Why Is Reading the Betrothed Still Important?

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28 Oct 2023, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm AEDT

Canada Bay Club, 4 William St, Five Dock NSW 2046, Australia


About the event

On the one hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of his death we remember the man and the writer.  If we asked students if they loved Alessandro Manzoni and The Betrothed, perhaps not many would answer 'yes'! About six hundred pages, of which students are often required to learn by heart the incipit 'That branch of Lake Como ...'.  Literary criticism is divided. Some argue that it is not to be read anymore; others suggest it should be taken out of school (after 160 years of being 'the master'). However, there are also those who believe that, if we re-read The Betrothed in adulthood, we would grasp the true essence of Manzoni, the man, and the writer. His irony and affability, political ardour, his modernity, the rebellious and libertine character of his youth, but also the restlessness of a lifetime would emerge. His is a restlessness that is rooted in the abandonment of his mother, in the absence of a father, in the multiple bereavements, in his conversion, in his patriotism, in the civil struggle for a united Italy free from foreigners.  Manzoni was able to express this restlessness in his work, making it a great popular novel which tells of the seventeenth century, but also speaks to the restless souls of today. It is for this reason that we at the Dante Alighieri Society Sydney, together with our friends of NIAWA (National Italian Australian Women’s Association), believe it is still worth reading!  

Saturday 28 October 2023 at 2pm AEDT Canada Bay Club, 4 William St., Five Dock  

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