Italian journalist and author, Corrado Augias, will be a guest speaker at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York tonight (Tuesday) to present his new book, "The Secrets of Rome: Love and Death in the Eternal City," and speak about Roman culture and civilization.
According to the Institute's press materials, in Augias's new book, "a dizzying array of characters emerges — famous names from history as well as little-known figures from everyday life — as Augias reveals the mysteries and treacherous silences that have shaped the city."
This book discusses "the mythical origins of Romulus to the cramped medieval streets, from Caesar’s bold triumphs to Caravaggio’s dark genius, from the blood-strewn achievements of the Renaissance to EUR’s cool rationalism."
‘If human history is nothing but violence and confusion,’ as Augias himself affirms, ‘well then Rome is the mirror of history, a mirror whose reflection captures every detail with painstaking precision.’
Augias writes for La Repubblica, where he has served as Paris and New York correspondent. He is the author of detective novels, spy stories, and essays, such as the biography of Amedeo Modigliani (Il Viaggiatore Alato).
Date: Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Hours: 6:00 pm
Venue: Italian Cultural Institute (686 Park Avenue)
Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with Rizzoli USA
Free and open to the public - Reservations recommended