The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco is pleased to welcome Italian author Michele Cecchini.
On March 22nd at 18:30 p.m., he will present his acclaimed novel, Per Il Bene Che Ti Voglio, in the main Gallery of the Institute.
Now in its fourth printing, the novel speaks of the bittersweet experiences of the protagonist Antonio Bevilacqua as he emigrates from Lucca, Italy to San Francisco.
Immigration is always in the news, and in this election year it is a top story.
This presentation will contribute to the current discussion.
The presentation will be in English, with some Italian where necessary and Italiese.
Italiese is a hybrid of English and Italian. Italian immigrants adapted English words and phrases into their spoken Italian with results both curious and amusing. The book includes a dictionary which gives definitions of Italiese words used. The presentation will include illustrations of several of these humorous additions to the Italian language. This is a must event for San Francisco Italian-Americans; it is our story.
The event begins with an Aperitivo and finger food provided by Piccino Restaurant at 18:30 p.m.
Come join us for an evening of Italian culture, Aperitivo, and maybe some Serie A predictions.
Register for the event.
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It is located in the Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco.
It is only 3 blocks from BART and Muni stops in front of the Institute.
… and his book “Per il bene che ti voglio”.
In the late Twenties, Antonio Bevilacqua leaves the environs of Lucca in hopes of an acting career in the off-Broadway theatres of San Francisco. There he comes into contact with the art world which centres on such figures as Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Elegant and degraded, frigid and solar, welcoming and cruel, San Francisco exalts and disappoints its children and step-children – including the Dagos, Italian immigrants. For a time Antonio moves to Hollywood, where he is employed as a stand-in for Chaplin, taking his place on the set to facilitate the arrangement of the scenes. He seems, therefore, to have found his ‘Merica’ of the ‘muvinpicce’ – a term derived from the English ‘moving picture’ in the awkward yet somehow poetic half-English half-Italian pidgin used by the Dagos. In language as in life, Antonio Bevilacqua, transformed in the meantime into ‘Tony Drinkwater’ (the literal translation of his name), inhabits a no-man’s land between what he once was and what he has not yet become.
Michele Cecchini was born in Lucca in 1972. He teaches literature and lives in Livorno. In 2014 he and Ettore Borzacchini created and presented the radio programme “Aperte Virgolette” – from 2015, “Saccadé” in an italian radio station. In 2010 he published Dall’aprile a shantih with Erasmo publishers. Per il bene che ti voglio is his second novel.