Ligurian Elba, Liguria Elba – Raffaello Brignetti centenary of his birth

Monday 4th October in Marciana Marina conference dedicated to Raffaello Brignetti on the centenary of his birth

“Ligurian Elba, Liguria Elba”: this is the title of the meeting to be held on Monday 4 October, at 5 pm, at the Cinema Metropolis in Via Vadi in Marciana Marina to remember the close ties between the island of Elba and the Tigullio starting from a significant figure of the Italian literary scene, Raffaello Brignetti who had roots in the town of Camogli while in Marciana Marina and in Elba he spent a good part of his life.

Raffaello Brignetti centenary of his birth

Talking about the man and his work some of those who knew and frequented him on the Island of Elba, in addition to the mayors of two municipalities, Gabriella Allori and Francesco Olivari, the two councilors for culture Santina Berti and Elisabetta Anversa, at the Prof. Francesco De Nicola of the University of Genoa. Introduced by the journalist Patrizia Lupi, director of the magazine: Enjoy Elba and the Tuscan Archipelago, while the journalist Roberto Pettinaroli, head of the nineteenth century, will talk about the social, cultural and commercial ties between the two shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The actor Franco Giannoni will read some passages from the writer’s works while Paolo Ferruzzi will recall Brignetti a> and other authors, born or who have attended Elba , to sow the seeds of a literary park and artistic to be carried out on the island.

Organized by the Pro Loco of Marciana Marina in the Elban headquarters, the conference will be repeated on 21 October at 4.30 pm in Camogli at the Teatro Sociale with the participation of Ligurian scholars and experts.

Raffaello Brignetti was born on 21 September 1921 on the island of Giglio, from ancestors from Camogli, who had taken refuge in Elba at the time of the Napoleonic invasion, son of a lighthouse keeper, Brignetti lived part of his life in Marciana Marina, a few years in the Medici tower on the port , symbol of the town.

During the war he fought in Greece, was taken prisoner by the Germans and interned in a concentration camp in Germany, where he met Giovanni Guareschi. After the liberation, he graduated in Contemporary Italian Literature in Rome with Ungaretti, with a thesis on Italian and foreign writers of the sea, focusing in particular on the work of Vittorio G. Rossi. He began to collaborate with various newspapers (including “Il Corriere della Sera” and “Il Secolo XIX”) and to write novels, until he obtained important awards. With “The blue seagull” he won the Viareggio Prize in 1967, with “The Golden Beach”, in 1971 he won the Strega Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in Italy. The attention of critics also includes “La riva di Charleston”, “Death by water”, “The drift”, Allegro speaker “. He continues to write even after a terrible car accident that will force him into a wheelchair. He died in Rome on February 7, 1978. The Raffaello Brignetti-Isola d’Elba annual literary prize is dedicated to him.

MARCIANA MARINA: Metropolis Cinema

Monday 4 October

17.00 Greetings: Gabriella Allori, mayor of Marciana Marina; Francesco Olivari, Mayor of Camogli
17.20 Patrizia Lupi, Director Enjoy Elba and the Tuscan Archipelago: “Culture for sustainable tourism”
17.30 Roberto Pettinaroli, head of the 19th century: “The links between the two shores del Tirreno “
17.40 Elisabetta Anversa, Councilor for Culture of Camogli:” Tigullio 2024: Capital of culture? “
17.50 Francesco De Nicola, UniGe teacher:” Brignetti in the literature of the ‘900 “
18.10 Alberto Brandani, president of the jury of the Raffaello Brignetti Prize: “Brignetti and the Elba Island Literary Prize”
18.25 Manrico Murzi, poet and writer: “Raffaello Brignetti, a carpenter of the word”
18.40 Franco Giannoni reads Raffaello Brignetti
6.50 pm Paolo Ferruzzi: “Some ideas for a Literary Park”
7.00 pm Noemi Paolini Giachery, essayist: “Brignetti, the sea, the island and the impossible identification”
19.10 Santina Berti, Councilor for Culture of Marciana Marina: “Raffaello Brignetti, one of us”