John Banville, one of our guests of honour in 2019, makes a welcome return to this virtual edition of the San Patrizio Livorno Festival 2021.
John Banville will converse with the co-founder and godmother of the Festival, Catherine Dunne, about his most recent work: Delitto d’Inverno “Winter Crime”, translated into Italian by Irene Abigail Piccinini for Guanda from the original SNOW .
The dark atmosphere of the author’s thrillers returns. He takes the reader back to the claustrophobic Ireland of the 1950s, a time in which Banville has already set the novels that have the pathologist Quirke as their protagonist.
This time it is not Quirke, though, who has to grapple with a story that illuminates one of the worst pages in the history of Ireland.
Young Inspector St. John Strafford will have to navigate a story in which the omnipresent church is an impenetrable monolith of power and coercion.
Two Irish “stars”, two Italian stars
We are delighted to celebrate the return, albeit virtual, of Banville and Dunne to the Festival: the two Irish writers have written beautiful words about the SPLF in the past.
It is an honour to see them, now, both awarded the Order of the Star of Italy, the highest Italian cultural honour for a non-Italian individual, most recently awarded to Catherine Dunne in 2020.
Further information on the event will be available soon on this page.