17 – 26 May


Challenging Books: Roberto Calasso & John Banville

Wednesday, 22 May
O’Reilly Theatre - Belvedere College

An ILFDublin exclusive, as two leading lights of contemporary fiction come together to discuss the challenges of literature, writing, and a world that feels more elusive than ever: Robert Calasso, the Italian writer and publisher described in The Paris Review as ‘a literary institution of one’, and Ireland’s own John Banville, the Man Booker prize-winning author called ‘Ireland’s wordsmith’ by The Washington Post. A strikingly original and provocative vision of our times, Robert Calasso’s latest book The Unnamable Present - the ninth part of a work in progress - is a meditation on the obscure and ubiquitous process of transformation happening in societies today. John Banville’s recent Ancient Light is the story of a life rendered brilliantly vivid: the obsession and selfishness of young love and the terrifying shock of grief.

Presented with the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the Embassy of Italy in Ireland