A Discussion of The Kremlin Ball by Curzio Malaparte (translated by me) with Franco Baldasso, Director of Bard’s Italian Studies Program
6:30 pm on October 3rd at NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
Perhaps only the impeccably perverse imagination of Curzio Malaparte could have conceived of The Kremlin Ball, which might be described as Proust in the corridors of Soviet power. The book is set at the end of the 1920s, when the Great Terror may have been nothing more than a twinkle in Stalin’s eye, but when the revolution was accompanied by a growing sense of doom.
I will be introducing Giuseppe De Santis’ really terrific neorealist noir Bitter Rice (Riso Amaro) starring the amazing Silvana Mangano in a free screening at NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
6:30pm on November 19th
Open Roads Round Table 2018