NEW YORK ENCOUNTER 2011 - Infinite Desire

An homage to Giacomo Leopardi on the occasion of the publication of his poems in the U.S.

With Jonathan GALASSI, President and Publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Davide RONDONI, Author and poet, and Dr. Joseph WEILER, Joseph Strauss Professor of Law, New York University

Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center and Communion and Liberation

Giacomo Leopardi is Italy’s greatest modern poet, the first European writer to portray and examine the self in a way that feels familiar to us today. A great classical scholar and patriot, he explored metaphysical loneliness in entirely original ways. Though he died young, his influence was enormous, and it is no exaggeration to say that all modern poetry, not only in Italian, derives in some way from his work.

Leopardi’s poetry is notoriously difficult to translate, and he has been less well known to English-language readers than his central significance for his own culture might suggest. Now Jonathan Galassi, whose translations of Eugenio Montale have been widely acclaimed, has produced a strong, fresh, direct version of this great poet that offers English-language readers a new approach to Leopardi. Galassi has contributed an informative introduction and notes that provide a sense of Leopardi’s sources and ideas. This is an essential book for anyone who wants to understand the roots of modern lyric poetry.

New York Encounter is a four-day cultural festival organized by Crossroads Cultural Center and Communion and Liberation. The idea of a "cultural festival" starts from the perception that there is a need for a fresh start in education and a new vibe for cultural initiatives. It also starts from the desire to communicate in New York the remarkable vastness, openness, richness, and profundity of cultural life and a passion for what is human that springs from the education to the Catholic faith taking place in Communion and Liberation.

New York Encounter features conferences on topics that are widely discussed in the public arena, as well as artistic performances, and will take place in New York on January 14 - 17, 2011. All conferences are open to the public and free of charge.

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About this Event

Date: Monday, January 17, 2011
Time: 10:30 am
Location: The New Yorker Hotel
Grand Ballroom
481 Eighth Avenue at 34th Street
New York, NY

About the Speakers

Jonathan Galassi
President and Publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Davide Rondoni
Author and poet

Dr. Joseph H. H. Weiler
University Professor, NYU School of Law


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