The story of Terra matta

rmis20.v018.i02.coverThose who know Vincenzo Rabito’s autobiography published as Terra matta (Einaudi, 2007) or have seen the film Terramatta; Il Novecento italiano di Vincenzo Rabito analfabeta siciliano (2012) will be interested in the recent special issue of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies (2014, vol. 19, no.3) dedicated to the analysis of both book and film. The highlights are the accounts by the editors of the original typescript, Luca Ricci and Evelina Santangelo, of their work in making the text accessible to a wide readership, and the descriptions by the co-screenwriters Chiara Ottaviano (producer) and Costanza Quatriglio (director) of the making of the film. Bernadette Luciano and Susanna Scarparo set Terramatta; in the context of Quatriglio’s other work; and Giovanni Rabito explores some of the differences between his father’s first and second (unpublished) autobiographies.

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