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Reading Celati

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The Italian wordsmith Gianni Celati, who died in January this year, was not best known for his travel writing. It was for Celati a sideline in a career that mainstreamed on literature and culture. We take a look at some of Celati's work.

Do you want to learn more about Gianni Celati? If so, you may like to get hold of Towards the River’s Mouth (Verso la foce): A Critical Edition published by Lexington Books in 2019. The volume is edited by Patrick Barron. It includes Barron’s engaging translation of Celati’s original text and a good series of critical essays on Celati’s work written by international scholars. The essays highlight Celati’s seminal role in focusing attention on forgotten spaces and rediscovering ordinary landscapes.

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