Reading Groups

What’s Italian?: 

Novels of Trieste


Led By: Antonio Romani


Time: 6 - 7:30pm


Meets: Every other Monday, six sessions 


Dates: Sept.18, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 30,

Nov. 13, Nov. 27


Sign up:

Members: $150

Nonmembers: $175


Trieste has always been the natural meeting-point of Mitteleuropa on the Mediterranean, a place of mutable borders, more than simply a national expression of a traditionally multicultural society.


We’ll read three novels, about self-consciousness, sexual awakening, and perceptions of history, by authors born and raised in this unique city: Italo Svevo, Zeno's Conscience (translated by William Weaver); Umberto Saba, Ernesto (translated by Estelle Gilson); Claudio Magris, Blindly (translated by Anne Milano Appel). 


For the first session the participants should have read these parts of Zeno's Conscience: “Preface,” “Preamble,” “Smoke,” “My Father's Death,” “The Story of My Marriage.”


Antonio Romani is an essayist and translator whose writings and co-translations have appeared in A Public Space, AGNI, The Common, Tin House, and other literary journals. One of his essays, on Elena Ferrante, was a Notable in Best American Essays 2016. His co-translation (with Martha Cooley) of Antonio Tabucchi’s Time Ages in a Hurry appeared in 2015. A new essay, "Crossing," will appear on the 2017 Summer/Fall issue of The Southampton Review. Since 2015, he has led a "What’s Italian?" reading group at The Center for Fiction in New York.