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The Edinburgh Gadda Prize

Honorary President: Gianrico Carofiglio

Chair: Federica G. Pedriali

powered by The Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies

Archived Events (Edinburgh 2012)

pirobutirro's battle, 'gadda goes to war' (eup 2013) - jacket illustration by lefke kerr

Edinburgh Gadda Prize Event 2

The University of Edinburgh
College of Humanities and Social Science

Inaugural Lecture
By Federica G. Pedriali

Gadda Goes to War – On becoming militant in the name of the militance of literature

There is something about Gadda. The press is in no doubt, in the wake of box office success: “Tutti pazzi per Gadda”. The Italian newspaper Repubblica cannot hold back: “Fabrizio Gifuni’s monologue is our mirror”. It is good to know that the nation in tatters still tolerates the mirror. It is even better, for those who are militant about culture, that it should be Gadda, our most exuberant modernist writer, to provide the emergency rations. One hundred twenty one performances have not just fuelled huge media interest: they do make an urgent statement about our collective need. And now, Italy’s best kept literary secret is even packaged for emergency export – thank goodness for the visionarism of those resisting in the world of the arts.

Lecture Theatre 5, Appleton Tower
11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9LE
Thursday 20 September 2012, 5.15pm

Lecture open to the public – no reservations needed

Forthcoming Title

Gadda goes to War. Translational Provocations
Edinburgh University Press, Autumn 2013

Edited by Federica G. Pedriali
ISBN 978-0-7486-6872-4

First English translation of Gadda’s WWI diaries and anti-Mussolini writings adapted for the theatre by Fabrizio Gifuni. Volume comprises English translation, facing Italian text, essays on poetics, circulation, translation, staging, reception and a thematic glossary – with preface by Fabrizio Gifuni, introduction by Federica G. Pedriali, and DVD of the show with English subtitles. Publication: Autumn 2013.

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