L’Universale siciliano, conference by Pietrangelo Buttafuoco

The Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with the Montréal Committee of the Dante Alighieri Society, is pleased to present the conference by the Italian writer Pietrangelo Buttafuoco, entitled “L’Universale siciliano“. Francesco D’Arelli, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute and Filippo Salvatore, emeritus Professor of Concordia University and President of the Montreal Committee of the Dante Alighieri Society, both will present the themes of the conference and discuss with the spokesperson.

Wednesday January 23, 2019 at 6pm
Institut Italien de Culture de Montréal
1200 Avenue du Docteur-Penfield
Montréal (QC), QC H3A 1A9
Conference in Italian

There is a precise place where the whole world meets over the centuries and it is precisely Sicily where not only the Mediterranean but the different forms of civilization – from antiquity to the present age – have had a Sicilian version. The twentieth century literature – with Pirandello, De Roberto, Verga and Tomasi di Lampedusa – renounces any form of regionalism to coincide with the universal one. In the past, Ibn Hamdis, in the splendor of the year 1000, he writes the most fascinating chapter of Italian literature in Arabic and so in its history, Sicily, reveals the mystery of the universal idea through the biography of Federico II: a German who moves to Sicily to make himself Saracen.

Pietrangelo Buttafuoco was born in Catania in 1963 and lives in Rome. He is a journalist and writer. He has published Le uova del drago (Mondadori, 2005, finalist for the Premio Campiello 2006, republished by “La Nave di Teseo”, 2016), L’ultima del diavolo (Mondadori, 2008), Il Lupo e la Luna (Bompiani, 2011), Il dolore pazzo dell’amore (Bompiani, 2013), I cinque funerali della signora Göring (Mondadori, 2014), La notte tu mi fai impazzire (Skira, 2016), I baci sono definitivi (La Nave di Teseo, 2017). His non-fiction works include Fogli consanguinei (Edizioni Ar, 2003), Cabaret Voltaire (Bompiani, 2008), Buttanissima Sicilia (Bompiani, 2014) and Il Feroce Saracino (Bompiani, 2015), Strabuttanissima Sicilia (La Nave di Teseo, 2017); with Carmelo Abbate, Armatevi e Morite (Sperling & Kupfer, 2017). For the seventy years of publishing house Longanesi, he has edited, in 2016, Il mio Leo Longanesi, an anthology of aphorisms, epigrams and novels. In 2018 he wrote the preface of La repubblica dei vinti. Storie di italiani a Salò di Sergio Tau (Marsilio, 2018). He is author of plays including: Buttanissima Sicilia with Salvo Piparo and Il Dolore Pazzo dell’Amore with Mario Incudine. He writes for Il Fatto Quotidiano and has the daily columns Il riempitivo on Il Foglio and La Dragonera on Il Tempo.