Books: Cairo Int'l Book Fair kicks off tomorrow

Italian participation includes readings by Dacia Maraini, others

22 January, 17:04

(ANSAmed) - CAIRO, JANUARY 22 - The 44th edition of the Cairo International Book Fair, the largest and oldest book fair in the Arab world, previews Tuesday night with the first of 18 events scheduled for Italian book week.

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of painter Aligi Sassu, a show of watercolors by the artist inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy opens tonight at the Italian Cultural Institute, with a reading of the Cantos by actor/director Alessandro Quasimodo. Italy's stand at the fair, present through February 5th, and focusing on literature and its ties with cinema, will be inaugurated tomorrow by Egyptian Minister of Culture Mohamed Saber Arab, who will introduce a project co-founded by the European Delegation in Egypt called 'Kalam Le-L-Shabab. Youth, Creativity and Poetry in Today's Egypt', featuring workshops with writer Dacia Maraini, actress and writer Valeria Parrella, and Alessandro Quasimodo. The Italian stand will also present new Arab translations of Italian classics such as 'The Malavoglias' by Giovanni Verga, 'Christ Stopped at Eboli' by Carlo Levi, and 'Family Chronicle' by Vasco Pratolini, and of contemporary authors such as 'The Long Life of Marianna Ucria' by Dacia Maraini, 'The White Space' by Valeria Parrella, and 'I Am Not Afraid' by Nicolo' Ammaniti. The program also includes also screening of movies by Francesca Comencini, Roberto Faenza and Franco Rosi, based on novels by Ammanniti, Levi, Maraini and Parrella. (ANSAmed).

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