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NOVECENTO, a theatrical representation of the monologue by Alessandro Baricco during the European Literature Days

Date:

05/16/2019


NOVECENTO, a theatrical representation of the monologue by Alessandro Baricco during the European Literature Days

NOVECENTO, a theatrical representation of the monologue by Alessandro Baricco during the European Literature Days

An exciting and evocative representation of the famous Novecento monologue by Alessandro Baricco by the students of the USSH Department of Linguistics and Italian Literature on the occasion of the European Literature Days 2019, organized by EUNIC – EU National Institutes for Culture from 12 to 25 May in Ho Chi Minh City.

Some students played on stage, in front of a large audience composed of the Consul General of Italy Dante Brandi, the coordinators and professors of the department the famous theatrical monologue of Baricco, now considered a classic of Italian literature, which escapes a clear literary genre categorization, being halfway between a story and a theatrical performance.

The protagonist of Novecento is Danny Boodman T.D. Novecento, a pianist with extraordinary gifts, who spends his entire life on the Virginian steamer, without ever leaving the ship. Novecento, son of emigrant passengers, had been found still in swaddling clothes by a sailor on the piano of the ship, after being left there by his parents. Growing up on the ship, he learns to play the piano, becoming an exceptional pianist. The only contact that Novecento has with the outside world are the passengers of the ship, and it is thanks to their stories that Novecento will know the world and develop that rare ability to "know how to read people".

The theatrical monologue was accompanied by images selected by the students from the film The legend of the pianist on the ocean by director Giuseppe Tornatore, a film inspired by Novecento.


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