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Book Presentation | The Betrothed – Rediscover an Italian Classic

The Betrothed Book Cover

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto is pleased to present a new, vibrant translation into modern English of one of Italy’s most enduring literary masterpiecese

Michael Moore will discuss his newly published translation of I promessi sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

May 23, 2023 | 6:30 pm EDT

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

496 Huron Street | Toronto

Free event – Registration required

To register on Eventbrite click here


Michael F. Moore has recently completed a multi-year project of translating the great Italian novel, The Betrothed, by Alessandro Manzoni, into American English (NY: Modern Library, 2022). His published translations range across genres, from modern classics to contemporary fiction and non-fiction, including, most recently: The Drowned and the Saved, by Primo Levi; Agostino, by Alberto Moravia; Quiet Chaos, by Sandro Veronesi; and Live Bait, by Fabio Genovesi. He is currently working on a new translation of Moravia’s short story collection, Rome Tales.

For many years Michael served as the chair of the PEN Translation Committee and, subsequently, as the Chair of the Advisory Board of the PEN/Heim Translation Grant. He was also the staff interpreter and translator of the Italian Mission to the United Nations.

Recognition of his work includes an NEA Translation Grant, the first translator-in-residence at Princeton University, and a fellowship at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy.

He received his Ph.D in Italian studies from New York University, with a thesis on Petrarch commentaries in the fifteenth century.