15 Oct-8 Jan. Rome's Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale hosts an exhibition whose title translates as Irish in Italy. Irish literature and politics in Italy in the first half of the 20th century.
The exhibition, which runs until 8 January, has been organised at the national central library in Rome to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, the Irish uprising of 1916.
The exhibition is divided along two main themes: the story of Irish independence and the various versions of how this was presented in Italy in the first decades of the 20th century; and the story of the literary production of the Celtic Revival and its dissemination, first in Liberal Italy, then Fascist Italy.
The documents on display include a portrait of James Joyce by Silvano Scheiwiller that has never been shown in public before; the letter with which Yeats agrees to participate in the Convegno Volta di Roma in 1934; the first version of Dracula in Italian; and a 1947 letter in which poet Eugenio Montale tells publisher Cederna that "not even God Almighty could translate the poetry of Joyce."
For dull details of exhibition, which is supported by the Irish embassy to Italy, see national library website.
Mon-Fri 08.30-19.00, Sat 08.30-13.30.
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Irish in Italy. Letteratura e politica irlandesi in Italia nella prima metà del Novecento
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma, Viale Castro Pretorio 105.
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