Reading from Nel regno oscuro by Giorgio Pressburger and Conversation with the author
The Jewish, Budapest-born writer Giorgio Pressburger, one of the most interesting contemporary novelists in Europe, does not write in his native Hungarian but in adoptive Italian, and has often reflected about this linguistic choice. His most recent novel, Nel regno oscuro (2008), is inspired by Dante’s Inferno, and describes a journey to Hell which is both a meditation on XX-century history - and the Shoah in particular - and a psychoanalytical attempt, guided by Sigmund Freud, to come to terms with the loss of the author's dead father and twin brother.
Organized and moderated by Laura Lepschy (London) in collaboration with Emma Bond (Oxford) and Manuele Gragnolati (Oxford/Berlin) as part of the symposium Dante's Plurilingualism: Authority, Vulgarization, Subjectivity. In Italian.