Presentation of the book by the same name by Mathias Énard
on the occasion of its re-edition
with Mathias Énard and Yasmina Melaouah
conducted by Fabio Gambaro


Awarding of the Crédit Agricole FriulAdria Prize


The event will also be broadcast live on the Dedica festival YouTube channel.

It’s night, a man is travelling alone on a train from Milan to Rome. He is carrying a briefcase full of controversial documents and is planning to sell them for a high price to an important personality very close to the Vatican.
Francis Servain Mirković is a spy, and this is to be his last mission. During his cruel, adventurous life, Francis has literally done and seen everything: the Mediterranean has always been his Action Zone, the bleeding heart of a Europe disfigured by barbarity and violence. And while the train travels through the night, images of betrayed friends, broken hearts, the ruins of a private life that mingles with the tragedies of History pass before his eyes, in a kaleidoscope of dreams that turn into nightmares.


Yasmina Melaouah
Yasmina Melaouah has been translating French fiction for over thirty years. She taught at the Università degli Studi in Milan and on the Masters course in literary translation at the Civica Scuola per Interpreti e Traduttori Altiero Spinelli.
The authors she has translated include: Daniel Pennac, Patrick Chamoiseau, Fred Vargas, Colette, Jean Genet, Andrei Makine, Laurent Mauvignier, Mathias Énard, Atiq Rahimi, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Yasmina Khadra, Martin Winkler, Alain-Fournier and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Since 2017, with the new translation of The Plague she has devoted herself to retranslating the works of Albert Camus. She is currently working on a new translation of L’educazione sentimentale by Gustave Flaubert.


Fabio Gambaro
Fabio Gambaro, cultural journalist, essayist and editorial consultant, writes for “la Repubblica” and collaborates with Italian and French newspapers and radio and television broadcasters. He has published a number of essays and interview-based books including Neoavanguardia (1993), Colloquio con Edoardo Sanguineti (1993), Surrealismo (1996), Dalla parte degli editori (2001), L’Italie par ses écrivains (2002) and L’amico scrittore, in collaboration with Daniel Pennac (2016). He currently runs Italissimo, the festival of Italian literature and culture in Paris. From 2016 to 2020 he held the position as Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris.

Wednesday 9 March, 20:45

Convento San Francesco

Pordenone - Via della Motta, 13

Free admission, reservation required, numbered seat.
Festival ticket office at the Capitol in Pordenone or online at

More detailed information on the Information page.

>>> UPDATING 08.03.2022:

The seats at Convento San Francesco are sold out.
However, the event will be broadcast live on the Dedica festival YouTube channel.


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