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Reading Club dedicated to the Novel “Sindrome di Caravaggio”, by Alessandro Giardino.



Reading Club dedicated to the Novel “Sindrome di Caravaggio”, by Alessandro Giardino.

Author Alessandro Giardino and the director of the Institute Sandro Cappeli will present and animate the reading club, in Italian.

Saturday, May 28th 2022, 3pm
Event online – Registration obbligatory
The Zoom Link will be sent by e-mail to all of those who will participate.
Event in Italian language

Leyla teaches Renaissance Art History at Saint Luke University, a prestigious American university located on the border with Canada. She is an independent and strong-willed woman, yet suffering from a strange syndrome, until Michael, a student, sneakily sneaks into her and her partner's life....

To tie them in the present as in their past existence, Tommaso Campanella - late Renaissance philosopher, astrologer and revolutionary magician - whose prisons and escapes are intertwined with the events of the two contemporary protagonists, as well as their forced removals between New York, Naples and Paris. The Caravaggesque painting of the Seven Works of Mercy, a sounding board of the experiences of abandonment and emancipation experienced by Michael and Leyla, but also a canvas secretly inspired by Campanella's heretical lesson, seals this conversation with three voices.

Alessandro Giardino, is Associate Professor and Director of the Department of World Languages, Cultures and Media at Saint Lawrence University, N.Y. Born in Naples in 1985, he studied at the Universities of Bologna, Berkeley UC, and McGill University. Giardino has published two academic books and written articles on Giorgio Bassani, Françoise Sagan, Marguerite Yourcenar and, more recently, Leïla Slimani, for numerous international journals. For ten years Giardino has been part of a research group on the Neapolitan Baroque movement. In 2020 his bilingual newsletter X-Ray: Il Corpo di Napoli brought together hundreds of readers on both sides of the Atlantic. Sindrome di Caravaggio is his first novel.

A limited number of copies will be on sale at the Italian Cultural Institute in Montreal. To order a copy please send an email to or call 514-849-3473.


Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022

Time: At 3:00 pm

Organized by : IIC Montréal

Entrance : Free