As the year 2022 draws to a close we take a look at the Italian literary prizes awarded during the course of the year.
Strega prize 2022:
This was awarded to Mario Desiati for his novel Spatriati. This psychological novel, or coming-of-age story, can be found in the UL at C217.c.3730.
Bagutta prize 2022:
The Bagutta prize is not restricted to any particular literary genre. This year it was awarded to Benedetta Craveri for her work La contessa, a biography of Virginia Verasis di Castiglione, a cousin of Count Camillo di Cavour. Continue reading
It is with great pleasure that the Italian Studies Library Group has announced that it will resume its series of annual lectures with a lecture at the Italian Cultural Institute on 10 March. The subject will be Claudio Pavone (1920-2016), an influential historian of the Italian Resistance. It was Pavone’s seminal study Una guerra civile, published by Bollati Boringhieri in 1991 (539:1.c.737.41), that changed the way Italian historians saw the Resistance against Fascism between 1943 and 1945. Until his work appeared, referring to the Resistance struggle in northern Italy as a ‘civil war’ was, if anything, seen as a sign of far-right sympathies and nostalgia for the days of Mussolini. In some ways, also, that interpretation of the struggle was an unwelcome reminder of the level of support Fascism had enjoyed among Italians. Continue reading
It is autumn and time to take stock of the major literary prizes awarded in Italy this past year.
The Strega prize for 2021 was awarded to Emanuele Trevi for his novel Due vite (held in the UL, C206.d.4499).
The Bancarella prize was awarded to Ema Stokholma for her autobiographical novel Per il mio bene (held in the UL, C206.d.7547).
The Campiello prize was awarded to Giulio Caminito for his novel L’acqua del lago non è mai dolce (held in the UL, C206.d.7514).
Portrait of Rosmini by Francesco Hayez, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Milano (Paolobon140 via Wikimedia Commons)
Receiving and cataloguing a couple of new volumes of a set that had begun over half a century ago, I decided to look again at the way the set had been catalogued. The Opere edite e inedite di Antonio Rosmini (Rome-Stresa: Città Nuova Editrice, 1966–) had been placed together on the open shelves, but, as was often the case before the era of online cataloguing, with only a single record for the entire set, leaving readers to find anything they wanted by browsing the actual volumes. Realising that we were one of the few libraries in this country to be taking the complete set, and seeing how vast it is becoming (now projected to be complete in 80 volumes), I thought it was time to grapple with the task of recataloguing all the individual volumes received so far. As a result these works are now far more accessible to the reader, with a record in iDiscover for each volume. They stand on South Wing 4, at 184.c.97.1383-. Continue reading