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Italy is my second home: a meeting with the writer Abraham B. Yehoshua
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Italy is my second home: a meeting with the writer Abraham B. Yehoshua

Categories: Culture and creativity -Literature and Publishing

On the occasion of the publication of the novel ‘The Only Daughter’ in Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute of Tel Aviv has organized a meeting with the author.

Born in Jerusalem in 1936, Abraham B. Yehoshua is among the most important Israeli writers of his time. ‘The Only Daughter’ is his thirteenth novel, the last in chronological order. Published in Israel in the spring, the novel was recently published in Italy by Einaudi in a version which was edited by the author himself, with a translation by Alessandra Shomroni.

Identity and family, culture and tradition are at the centre of the story starring Rachele Luzzato, a curious and intelligent twelve-year-old girl, the only daughter of a wealthy Jewish family, who lives halfway between two cultures: her mother’s Catholic culture and her father’s Jewish culture. Rachele attends secondary school in a town in northern Italy and is chosen to play Maria in the school play during the Christmas holidays. From here, he she embarks on a journey to discover her roots and identity.

The Only Daughter is Yehoshua’s first novel to be set in Italy, a country with which the writer has a special relationship, so much so that he calls himself an ‘honorary citizen’. An intense and long-standing bond, born from his encounter with the Italian author Edmondo De Amicis and reading the novel Cuore (Heart), which made Yehoshua realize that he wanted to become a writer.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Yehoshua could not present the novel in Italy. For this reason, the Italian Cultural Institute of Tel Aviv has become the home of Italian culture where the meeting “L’Italia è la mia seconda casa” (Italy is my Second Home) will be hosted.

The event will be streamed on YouTube and on the website Facebook  of the Cultural Institute.

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