The third online meeting of the column dedicated to oriental literature will be held today Monday 24th of May 2021 at 6 pm.
The protagonist of the meeting will be Japanese Literature with the reading of some passages from the book The Memory Police, by Ogawa Yōko (Il Saggiatore, 2018). In an unspecified time, on an island without a name, the entire population gradually stops remembering. As in an inexplicable epidemic of memory loss, the idea of something disappears, then the thing itself disappears. Day after day, the epidemic affects everything and everyone. What were the photographs and the stamps, what were the berries and candies? The inhabitants of the island no longer remember the function of legs and arms, they no longer know how to move. The inhabitants of the island burn books on a stake to get rid of those paper objects that no one is able to use. An allegorical and dark tale, terribly true, about the power of memory and the devastation generated by its loss, which is equivalent to the loss of humanity; on the hope of literature as the last trace of our fleeting passage on Earth.
Speaking about it: Stefano Romagnoli, Professor of Languages and Literatures of Japan and Korea at ISO – Italian Institute of Oriental Studies; Miho Tokimoto, Japanese native speaker at ISO.
This is the third meeting in the cycle Literature of the world – Readings from the East organized by the Interculture Service and the Institute of Oriental Studies of Sapienza University of Rome.
The fourth appointment, in collaboration with the Enzo Tortora Library and the Arcipelago Auditorium Library, is scheduled for Monday 7 June 2021 at 6 pm, with the book The minarets and the sky. Persian Tales of the Twentieth Century, edited by Filippo Bertotti (Sellerio, 1989). Talking about it: Mario Casari, professor of Persian language and literature at ISO – Italian Institute of Oriental Studies.
For further Inormation: Servizio Intercultura Biblioteche di Roma www.romamultietnica.it firstname.lastname@example.org
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