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Staged Reading of The Truce by Primo Levi



Staged Reading of The Truce by Primo Levi

Actor Riccardo Bocci will commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a stage reading of Primo Levi’s work La Tregua (The Truce). In English.

Composed by Primo Levi between 1961 and 1962 “The Truce” is the sequel of “If This is a Man” and describes the long way home of the protagonist after the liberation of Auschwitz in January 1945. At the core of the novel is Levi’s voyage through Poland, Belarus, Rumania, Austria to finally arrive in Turin, free from the nightmare of Nazism. The dominant feeling conveyed by Levi’s powerful narrating voice is one of uncertainty about the destiny of “truce” of the protagonist waiting to start a brand new life. Through a careful selection of different, highly significant, passages from the novel, Riccardo Bocci will provide the audience with a new reading of The Truce, a complex and rich text, where Levi confronts the readers with a gallery of characters, highly representative of different kinds of humanity.Levi often reflects his own point of view and lucid perspective on the astonishing historical events he had happened to be part of, taking into account not only the moral decay of human beings, but also their undeniable desire and fundamental need to overcome it. Language itself and the detailed and highly visual descriptive sections of the novel fascinate the audience, while presenting a series of different scenes and landscapes as background to Levi’s encounters. English text by translator Ann Goldstein known for her translations of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet.
Running time: 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Riccardo Bocci is a well-known Italian actor who mainly works in theatrical productions. He was trained on the most prestigious stages in Italy and has worked with renowned directors such as Luca Ronconi, Gabriele Lavia and many others.
He has played both classical and contemporary roles from Shakespeare to Alan Bennett. He has collaborated also with international directors such as Declan Donnellan and Lluis Pasqual. During his career he has been directed in cinema, among others, by the Taviani brothers, Roberta Torre and Alberto Rondalli.
Riccardo has also participated in various television shows on Italian public television and radio dramas.
He is currently giving voice to world renowned novelists such as Joyce Carol Oates, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Alessandro Baricco.





Date: Monday, January 28, 2019

Time: At 7:00 pm

Organized by : IIC Los Angeles and Museum of Tolerance under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles

Entrance : Free


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