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A PERFECT DAY by Melania G. Mazzucco (2005) | Book Club



A PERFECT DAY by Melania G. Mazzucco (2005) | Book Club

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


A woman tries to restart her life. A policeman is unable to accept the end of his marriage, obsessed by the memory of his wife, his children and his family. Their two kids are confused and sought after. A guy, age twenty, dreams a different world, and a senator, on the wane, the policeman works for as escort, is too busy to see that his family is falling apart as well. And all around Rome, from the suburbs to the centre of politic power, and work, school, dreams…the whole life in a day.
A choral novel to read in one swallow, a social fresco, ironic and pitiful, a group photo of a nation, a day that only apparently is like another in whatever big city. A total immersion in the reality around us.
This is a story of love and disenchantment, a first page crime news. But most of all, the anatomy of a family: girls and children, men and women, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters – scenes from a marriage in which we all, for better or for worse, can recognize ourselves.

  • The nine lectures are a series. Mandatory FREE registration. 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, April 29th 2019, 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, March 22, 2021

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

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Haifa

Entrance : Free


Italian Cultural Institute in Haifa