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Close Encounters with Italian Science Fiction



Close Encounters  with Italian Science Fiction

With Roberto Bertoni (Trinity College Dublin) and Concetto La Malfa (

A journey through Italian sci-fiction from Calvino to Primo Levi and Stefano Benni. Fantastic planets, utopic or dystopic worlds, moon and sun, nature and human technology.
Professor Roberto Bertoni will explore the work of different Italian writers with readings in Italian and English.

“We have ten armpits: we are all built with binary simmetry, so that our width is the golden section of our radius. This is unique in our galaxy, and we’re very proud of it”. (Primo Levi, The TV Fans from Delta Cep)

During the event Concetto La Malfa will launch his latest book Apocalypse Tomorrow. This thought provoking book, with a credible story line, prophesizes what could happen to our world in the next 35 years, including an encounter with an alien civilization.


Roberto Bertoni, Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and Associate Professor of the Department of Italian, is senior editor of the series Quaderni di cultura italiana and the online journal Carte allineate. He has published two volumes of short stories, and several essays on a variety of topics including Italian and World Literature. He has promoted cultural links between Ireland and the Liguria region and translated a number of Irish poets into Italian.

Teacher, journalist and author, Concetto La Malfa, has lived in Ireland for the past fifty years.
As a journalist he has been the editor for thirty one years of Italia Stampa, a printed magazine for the Italian communit, as well as a correspondent and contributor to Italian and Irish newspapers and radio stations. He is now the editor of, an Italian online magazine in Ireland. As an author, Concetto La Malfa has eight books to his credit.


Date: Thursday, September 01, 2016

Time: From 6:30 pm To 9:00 pm

Admission : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura