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Sat, Feb 26



I, Pinocchio, the True & Only One

Confessions of a former puppet who converted from matter to soul

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I, Pinocchio, the True & Only One
I, Pinocchio, the True & Only One

Time & Location

Feb 26, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. PST


About the Event

The Dante Alighieri Society of BC invites you to a talk by Prof. Carlo Testa:

Pinocchio, the True & Only One: Confessions of a former puppet who converted from matter to soul

About the event:

At the tender age of 140, I, Pinocchio, the true and only one, am upset that a foolish and debased version of my life experience should so widely circulate in the world, especially in the English-speaking part of it.

True, when I was a puppet I was foolish and did foolish things. But that’s no reason, today, to deny the significant lesson that my vicissitudes contain.

I have now the opportunity to share my hard-won insights with the Italophile community in Vancouver through my acquaintance, Carlo Testa. Carlo is passionate about my life and (mis)deeds and can address the public in a tongue foreign to me. He does not know everything about me, but I endorse his presenting the most important facts about my life story. Enjoy the talk!

A universal icon and a metaphor of the human condition, the story of Pinocchio, written by the Italian author Carlo Collodi, is considered a canonical piece of children's literature and has had a great impact on world culture. 

Join us for a talk by Prof. Carlo Testa on how and why the mischievous adventures of an animated marionette that magically comes to life and dreams of being a real boy, has captured the imagination of so many children (and adults) around the world. 

About the speaker:

Professor Carlo Testa has taught Italian Studies for close to three decades at the University of British Columbia. His interests and publications include modern Italian and European literature, post-World War Two Italian cinema, and the theory and practice of translation, especially of modern lyrical poetry.

Saturday, 26 February 2022 

12:00 pm-1.15 pm (PST)

In English – Online via Zoom

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