Presentation of the book by the same name by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
with Arturo Pérez-Reverte and Elena Liverani

It was the night of 24 – 25 July 1938 and the Battle of the Ebro, the bloodiest ever fought on Spanish soil, was about to begin. The 11th Mixed Brigade of the Republican Army crossed the river to establish a bridgehead at Castellets del Segre; near the village, a half infantry battalion, a Moroccan tabor and a company of the Foreign Legion were defending the area. They were men and women, mostly very young, who had put their lives on hold to go and fight. Masterfully combining fiction with historic data, Arturo Pérez-Reverte takes us amongst the valiant men who braved those days: a single, uninterrupted panning of the camera between the two fronts, which, from time to time captures bewilderment and smiles, obedience and ideological obstinacy, the unmoving smell of death and even the miracle of a life coming into the world.


Elena Liverani
Elena Liverani taught Spanish language and translation at the University of Trento, later moving on to IULM in Milan, where she coordinates the postgraduate degree programme in Specialist Translation. She has worked on Romantic theatre, Baroque fiction, languages of tourism, lexicography and editorial and audio-visual translation. In addition to teaching and research, she works as a translator, for which she won the Special Prize for Translation from the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities in 2019. She has translated into Italian some thirty novels by Spanish and Hispano-American narrators, including Antonio Muñoz Molina, Julio Llamazares, Alberto Manguel, Enrique Vila-Matas and Juan Gabriel Vásquez.
Since 1998 she has been the Italian voice of Isabel Allende.

Wednesday 20 March, 20:45

Convento San Francesco

Pordenone - Via della Motta, 13

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