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2016 IIC Prize for Italian Literary Translation

80eedd16-4eae-47fa-ba44-ce175aeb5a83The 2016 IIC Prize for Italian Literary Translation, presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Melbourne, in collaboration with AALITRA (Australian Association for Literary Translation) and Monash University, has been announced. The Prize, open to Australian citizens resident in Victoria, SA, WA or Tasmania, will be awarded for a translation of the short story ‘Il Pannello’ by Erri De Luca, taken from his In alto a sinistra (Feltrinelli 2014).  The winner will receive a return flight to Rome, one month’s accommodation there and a contribution of $3000 to a translation study project. For more information, and to obtain a copy of the ‘bando di concorso’, please email IIC Melbourne to which submissions should also be sent. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016.

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A very normal man: Italy, 1976

1e2143b0-369d-48eb-be27-3f5b7089358cA Very Normal Man, the first English translation of Vincenzo Cerami’s  Un borghese piccolo piccolo, will be presented by its translator Isobel Grave (University of South Australia) at Melbourne’s Italian Institute of Culture (233 Domain Rd, South Yarra) on Thursday 12 November at 6.30pm (free but booking essential). This novella, published in 1976, is a ferocious critique of Italian society in the 1970s and its graft, hypocrisy, corrupt institutions and violent crime. Giovanni Vivaldi is a minor public servant in Rome, determined to secure a job for his son in his own department and prepared to do some extraordinary things to make that happen. But fate destroys his plans and he exacts a chilling revenge. Vincenzo Cerami, who died in 2013, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1999 for his original screenplay of Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful. Isobel Grave will talk about Cerami’s achievements in literature and cinema and show clips from Mario Monicelli’s 1977 film of the book which starred Alberto Sordi.

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