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Francesca Vivenza presents "Il giorno del lungo viaggio alla finestra"



Francesca Vivenza presents

The Istituto italiano di cultura is pleased to host the presentation of Francesca Vivenza’s novel Il giorno del lungo viaggio alla finestra (The Day of the Long Journey at the Window), published in Milan by Edizioni Il Faggio. It is a novel that defies traditional narrative models and takes the reader on an intense and complex voyage that explores our cultural identities, existential questionings, linguistic and aesthetic concerns. The book will be introduced by Professor John Picchione of York University. The author will be present to talk about her writing and to show a short video, Mother’s Tongue, centered on the issue of language and the self, a recurrent motif of the novel.

The presentation will be in English.


Francesca Vivenza is a visual artist. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts (Brera) in Milan she moved to Toronto. She has exhibited widely since 1970. In 2011 her work was featured at Venice Biennale in the Italian Pavilion. On the Verge of, an outdoor site-specific installation, commissioned by the Italian Cultural Institute, can be seen in the garden of the General Consulate of Italy, at 136 Beverley Street, across the AGO.

John Picchione teaches Italian literature and culture at York University. He has published extensively on modern and contemporary Italian poetry and narrative, avant-garde movements, literary and cultural theory. He is the author of Dal modernismo al postmodernismo: riflessioni teoriche e pratiche della scrittura (2012), The New Avant-Garde in Italy: Theoretical Debate and Poetic Practices (2004) for which he was awarded the Book Prize of the American Association for Italian Studies. He has edited and co-edited a number of volumes, including Edoardo Sanguineti: Literature, Ideology and the Avant-Garde (2013). His latest book is La scrittura, il cervello, e l’era digitale (2016).


Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 496 Huron Street, Toronto