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  • The world-renown author Dacia Maraini and her niece, film director Mujah Maraini-Melehi, discuss the importance of remembering the past and prevailing over hatred at the screening of "Haiku on a Plum Tree," a delicate but powerful documentary about the story of the Maraini family’s imprisonment in a Japanese concentration camp during the Second World War, presented at NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.
  • Director of the Italian Cultural Institute Giorgio van Straten, Author/Playwright Dacia Maraini, and Director of the John D. Calandra Institute Anthony Tamburri during the discussion portion of the evening. Photo credit: Laura Yost
    One of Italy's most acclaimed fiction writers, Dacia Maraini, came to New York for a series of events, one of which was the inauguration of italytime’s new theatrical space. A performance of her latest work "Una pittrice di provincia" (A Provincial Painter), directed by Vittorio Capotorto, made its international debut in the new theater. The evening concluded with the opportunity for the audience to ask Maraini any questions that they may have had for the famous writer.
  • The prolific Italian writer Dacia Maraini with NYU professor Jane Tylus.
    Iconic Italian writer Dacia Maraini was recently interviewed by Jane Tylus at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York. Read on to gain insight into the mind of the popular author who has written award winning pieces continuously throughout the last five decades. Here are some excerpts from the conversation.
  • Art & Culture
    Natasha Lardera(February 26, 2016)
    This past week one of Italy's leading intellectuals, writer Dacia Maraini, visited for the third time NYU's Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò not just to present her latest book, La Bambina e il Sognatore, but to “talk books” in a lively conversation. Led by the questions of Michelangelo La Luna (University of Rhode Island), Rebecca Falkoff (NYU) and Sole Anatrone (UC Berkeley), Maraini eagerly discussed her entire career, which started in the 1960s, and her body of work, which includes novels, plays, essays, articles and poetry.
  • “Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita,/ mi ritrovai in una selva oscura (Midway upon the journey of our life,/ I found myself within a dark forest).” This powerful beginning could be enough to fall in love with the Italian language. With its musicality, its verbal intelligence, its expressive force...
  • At the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ I listen to director Stefano Albertini introduce one of the greatest contemporary writers, Dacia Maraini. Maraini is launching her latest book, “Chiara from Assisi: Praise of Disobedience.” During the presentation, she is accompanied by NYU Professor Jane Tylus, author of “Reclaiming Catherine of Siena.”
  • The famous Italian writer addresses a letter to her unfortunate Abruzzese fellows. i-Italy has translated the text for its readers. Hers are words filled with deep sadness but also great hope. She also mentions her important upcoming project: the opening of camp libraries for the displaced people in the Region
  • Art & Culture
    Dacia Maraini *(June 15, 2008)
    “Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita,/ mi ritrovai in una selva oscura (Midway upon the journey of our life,/ I found myself within a dark forest).” This powerful beginning could be enough to fall in love with the Italian language. With its musicality, its verbal intelligence, its expressive force...