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22 June 2022
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
All ages welcome
Please join us to celebrate the launch of 100 Poems by Umberto Saba, translated by Patrick Worsnip. Hosting the reading will be critic and academic Emanuela Tandello, joining Patrick to discuss the new book. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will show the text during readings so that you can read along.
Umberto Saba (1883–1957) is one of the great Italian poets of the twentieth century, as closely associated with his native city Trieste as Joyce is with Dublin. He received a sparse education but was writing distinctive poetry before he was twenty, ignoring the modernist groups which dominated the day. He came at personal themes in unexpected ways, using an unapologetically contemporary idiom. He acquired an antiquarian bookshop which prospered for a time, but his Jewish background placed him at risk with the rise of Fascism. When the Germans took northern Italy in 1943, he and his family went into hiding in Florence where they escaped detection until the Allied liberation.
National fame came late in his life. 100 Poems is the most extensive selection of his work so far published in Great Britain. He emerges as one of the great European writers of his time. The book features writing from every period of his writing life. Patrick Worsnip’s translations honour the poet’s use of traditional Italian forms while using appropriately colloquial diction.
Umberto Saba was born Umberto Poli in 1883. The first edition of his great Canzoniere, ‘a sort of Odyssey of man in our times’, was published at his own expense in 1921. He described his as a life which was ‘relatively poor in external events but rich, at times excruciatingly so, in emotions and inner resonances’. He died in Gorizia in 1957.
Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. Attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.
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