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WHEN THE NIGHT, by Cristina Comencini (2009) | Book Club



WHEN THE NIGHT, by Cristina Comencini (2009) | Book Club

For the series THE SEASONS OF LIFE IN CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE | Book Club, fifth out of nine lectures/converstations by Shirley Finzi Loew on how Italian writers have interpreted childhood, adolescence, love, motherhood, professional achievement and old age. Event held in Hebrew. FREE ADMISSION, subject to mandatory reservation at the bottom of this page.


Manfred, a surly mountaineer recently abandoned by his wife, rents the upstairs apartment in his home in the Dolomites to Marina, a woman from the city, and her difficult young son. Deeply suspicious by nature, especially of women, Manfred spies obsessively on Marina, in whose shortcomings as a mother he finds resonances of his own mother’s desertion of him in childhood. When Marina’s frustration over her son’s refusal to eat or sleep leads her to harm the child, Manfred steps in, and the silent power struggle between them escalates. Yet Manfred’s attraction to Marina is as powerful as his distrust. In this alternately shocking and moving novel, Cristina Comencini has created a complex, psychologically profound portrait of two damaged, vulnerable people and the painful bond that develops between them as they are drawn into each other’s worlds.

  • The nine lectures are a series. Mandatory FREE registration at the bottom of this page. For further information, please contact the Italian Cultural Institute of Haifa at 04-8536091.
  • Participants are invited to read the novel in Hebrew or in the original language before each lecture.

Shirley Finzi Loew graduated in Computer Engineering (Technion). After making a career in the computer industry, she moved to literature. She graduated in comparative literature (University of Haifa) with a thesis on Elsa Morante's novels and has been working as translator from Italian into Hebrew since then.

Event held in Hebrew.
Refreshments from 18:15.

Monday, February 24, 2020, at 18:30
Italian Cultural Institute in Haifa, Rehov Meir Rutberg 12 - Haifa
FREE ADMISSION, subject to mandatory reservation at the bottom of this page.


Date: Monday, February 24, 2020

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Haifa

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Haifa