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SCHERZETTO, by Domenico Starnone (2016) | Book Club



SCHERZETTO, by Domenico Starnone (2016) | Book Club

For the series THE SEASONS OF LIFE IN CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE | Book Club, ninth 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.


Imagine a duel between an elderly man and a mere boy. The same blood runs through their veins. One, Daniele Mallarico, is a successful illustrator whose reputation is slowly fading. The other, Mario, is his four-year-old grandson. The older combatant has lived for years in solitude, focusing obsessively on his work. The younger one has been left by his querulous parents with his grandfather for a 72-hour stay. Shut inside an apartment in Naples that is filled with the ghosts of Mallarico’s own childhood, grandfather and grandson match wits, while outside lurks Naples, a wily, violent, and passionate city whose influence is not easily shaken.

  • 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, June 29, 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, October 12, 2020

Time: From 6:00 pm To 7:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Haifa

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Haifa