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A Friendship (Un'amicizia) | Italian Book Club of the Dante Alighieri Society BC



A Friendship (Un'amicizia) | Italian Book Club of the Dante Alighieri Society 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, October 26 at 8:30PM EDT / 5:30PM PDT.

The group will discuss the novel A Friendhsip (Un'amicizia) by Silvia Avallone (Rizzoli, 2020). Benedetta Diamanti will coordinate.

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

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

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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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Schedule and more info:


If asked to indicate the precise point in which their friendship began, Elisa would not know how to answer. Was it the night Beatrice appeared on the beach - suddenly, like a shooting star - with her emerald green eyes sparkling in the dark? Or was it later, when they stole a pair of jeans from a fancy boutique and ran off on mopeds? The end, this is certain: thirteen years have passed, but the memory still pains her. Because now everyone thinks they know her, Beatrice: they know what she wears, what she eats, where she goes on vacation. They admire it, envy it, hate it, adore it. But no one guesses the secret behind her always same smile, no one imagines a time when "la Rossetti" was just Bea - her best friend. Elisa is a shy woman, perhaps a little old-fashioned. She doesn't like photos and social media, convinced as she is that who we are is "infinitely more interesting, and moving, than what we would like to seem at all costs". But now she wants to get involved, come to terms with herself by writing: because only words can give us back the complexity of the stories that we do not show to the world and that we all carry within us silently. Through her voice, Silvia Avallone accompanies us in this powerful and liberating novel, inviting us to reflect on our present and to ask ourselves: "Does life really need to be told to exist?"


Silvia Avallone (1978) was born in Biella and lives in Bologna. She has published Acciaio (2010, winner of several prizes, finalist at Premio Strega and adapted into a movie), Marina bellezza (2013) and Da dove la vita è perfetta (2017) all published by Rizzoli.


Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Time: At 8:30 pm

Organized by : Dante Alighieri Society of BC

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto

Entrance : Free


Online via Zoom