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Fiore di Roccia by Ilaria Tuti | Italian Book Club of the Dante Alighieri Society of BC



Fiore di Roccia by Ilaria Tuti | Italian Book Club of the Dante Alighieri Society of BC

Presented by the Dante Alighieri Society of BC, with the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto.

The next meeting of the Italian Book Club will take place on Tuesday, April 20, at 8:30PM EST / 5:30PM PST.

The group will discuss the novel Fiore di roccia (A Flower on the Rocks) by Ilaria Tuti (Longanesi, 2020). Gianna Omenetto will coordinate.

Please note that the discussion will be in Italian. An intermediate to advanced level of Italian is recommended.

To register, please email

The Italian Book Club meets ONLINE on ZOOM once a month.

Meet other bibliophiles, share ideas and deepen your understanding of Italian literature, history and culture.

The Italian Book Club is FREE and open to all those in Canada interested in friendly and thought-provoking discussions of Italian books: fiction, non-fiction, classics, prize-winners, etc.

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The story of “le Portatrici” (Bearers), women of all ages who, during the First World War, in the theatre of war in Carnia, in the north-eastern Italian region of Friuli, were called upon to help the men in the trenches by carrying up food supplies and ammunition first, then dead bodies down the mountain.

The theatre of war of the Carnia region is a series of sharp peaks, defence lines isolated on the summits and thousands of young men driven to exhaustion. The command turns to the local population with a desperate plea for anyone to help them. The women from the neighbouring valleys respond to the appeal. Women of all ages, from thirteen to sixty, accustomed to hard work, and who, for centuries, have carried heavy wicker baskets on their backs, but are also used to a life of hardship that has forged resilient spirits and minds with exceptional moral fibre. Among them, there is brave Agata, who would sooner eat cheese crusts than deprive her invalid father of even just a soup made of herbs. There is the exuberant Viola, who, for the love of an Alpino artilleryman, carries forty-two kilos’ worth of projectiles on her back. There is Lucia, a mother of four with quiet strength, the point of reference for everybody else. They are friends, companions. They know these mountains better than anyone else and are the protagonists of this novel. A story of women, of hard work, of compassion, and of hope.


Ilaria Tuti lives in Friuli, in far north-eastern Italy. As a child she wanted to be a photographer but studied economics instead. She loves the sea yet lives in the mountains. She is passionate about painting and, in her spare time, has been an illustrator for a small publishing company. Ilaria has never been very chatty, even as a child, which is perhaps why she started to write. Her debut novels, featuring Inspector Teresa Battaglia, Fiori sopra l’inferno (Flowers Over the Inferno, 2018) and Ninfa dormiente (Painted in Blood (UK), The Sleeping Nymph (USA)] (2019), both published by Longanesi, have enjoyed great success in Italy – selling over 200,000 copies to date – and been published in translation in 23 countries.


Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Time: At 8:30 pm

Organized by : Dante Alighieri Society of British Columbia

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto

Entrance : Free


Online via Zoom