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Conversation: Niccolò Ammaniti & Jhumpa Lahiri

 

When: Wednesday, April 25Where: Hemmerdinger Hall at NYU: 100 Washington Square East What time: 5–6 p.m. Free and open to the public. No reservations. Co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program“The new Italian word for talent is Ammaniti,” exclaims The Times (London). Niccolò Ammaniti is the youngest-ever winner of Italy’s prestigious Viareggio-Rèpaci prize. His novel I’m Not Scared received critical praise, appeared on best-seller lists across the globe, and was made into a hit indie film by Gabriele Salvatores. Ammaniti’s most recent novel in English is I’ll Steal You Away—a book that Kirkus Reviews says “teems with incident, wit, and pathos.” Ammaniti speaks with PEN vice-president and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri about Italian stereotypes and about shining light on the broken hearts and misbegotten dreams of his characters.

 

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