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“Raccontare l’Oriente”, conference and discussion by Mario Vattani



“Raccontare l’Oriente”,  conference and discussion by Mario Vattani

The Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with l’École de Langue of the University of Laval and the Quebec Commission of the Società Dante Alighieri, is pleased to present the conference and the discussion by Mario Vattani, "Raccontare l’Oriente"

Wednesday October 9, 2019, 7pm
Maison de la Littérature
40 Rue Saint-Stanislas
Conference in Italian

The boundless lands of Eurasia, where people of all sorts passed, civilizations of nomads and farmers, divinities and religious beliefs, valuable and everyday merchandise, were also inexhaustible source of fables, legends, myths and ideas. Asia or the East was always an exclusive source of inspiration for artists, writers, thinkers, poets ... And Mario Vattani himself wrote two novels, Doromizu (2016) and Al Tayar (2019), keeping his gaze fixed on the horizon of the East: Japan, first, and Egypt, after: two lands of ancient and noble civilization.

Mario Vattani is an Italian diplomat and author, born in Paris in 1966. His novels Al Tayar. La corrente (the current) and Doromizu. Acqua torbida (muddy water) were published by Mondadori respectively in 2019 and in 2016. Doromizu was chosen as a finalist in the Acqui Storia Prize in 2016. His book “La Via del Sol Levante” (the way of the rising sun), was published in 2017 by Idrovolante Edizioni. Foreign Service officer since 1991 – now with the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary – Mario Vattani has served in the United States and Egypt both in the economic and the consular field, then gaining extensive experience in Japan, with a focus on economic and cultural relations. Fluent in Japanese language, and author of the 2014 research: イタリにおける日本愛の形成経緯:明治維新から1945年、親密な日伊政治関係の中での文化の重Building an Italian passion for Japan: the significant role of culture in the close political relations between Italy and Japan from the Meiji Restoration until 1945”) as a guest researcher in the Institute of Japanese Identity, at Takushoku University, Tokyo.


Date: Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Time: At 7:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal

In collaboration with : Comitato di Québec della Società Dante Alighieri

Entrance : Free


Maison de la Littérature 40 Rue Saint-Stanislas Qu