Italian Cultural Institute: An evening with Edoardo Albinati and Fiammetta Rocco

Winner of Italy’s premier literary prize, the Premio Strega, Edoardo Albinati will be discussing his latest novel to be translated into English, The Catholic School, with Fiammetta Rocco, Culture Editor The Economist and 1843.In 1975, three young well-off men, former students at Rome’s prestigious all-boys Catholic high school San Leone Magno, brutally torture, rape, and murder two young women. The event, which comes to be known as the Circeo massacre, shocks and captivates all of Italy, exposing the violence and dark underbelly of the upper middle class at a moment when the traditional structures of family and religion are under threat.Edoardo Albinati sets his novel in the halls and corridors of San Leone Magno in the late 1960s and the 1970s, exploring the intersection between the world of teenage boys and the structures of power in modern Italy. Along with indelible portraits of teachers and pupils – the charming Arbus, the literature teacher Cosmos, and his only Fascist friend, Max – Albinati’s novel also reflects on the legacy of abuse, the Italian bourgeoisie, and the relationship between sex, violence, and masculinity.'An important, at times magnificent book . . . An entirely original narrative . . . A pivotal moment in contemporary literature.' - Corriere della Sera'In The Catholic School a thousand doors open on a thousand different themes . . . A powerful, multifaceted, acute, extreme book.' - La RepubblicaEdoardo Albinati is a novelist, journalist, and screenwriter who lives in Rome. His novel Svenimenti won the 2004 Viareggio Literary Award, and The Catholic School won the Strega Prize in 2016.Fiammetta Rocco is Chief Culture Writer of “The Economist” and the Administrator of the International Booker Prize for Translated Fiction