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REBIRTH (working title)

Nicola Gardini

  • Original Title: RINASCERE
  • Publication date: November 2019
  • Publisher: GARZANTI LIBRI
  • Country: IT
  • 275 print pages
  • Historical

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 15th century, 16th century
  • Location setting: Italy
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Reinventing oneself, Looking back on one's life, Search for the truth, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Power, Modernization, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations

Pitch

The Renaissance told through the eyes of illustrious revolutionary men and women who changed the course of history. The author argues the Renaissance is far from being an epoch or a moment in time, but was a cultural movement that profoundly affected European intellectual life in the early modern period and still has much to teach us today.

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Translation rights sold: UK (option), US (option), Spain (option), France (option), Netherlands (option)

Nicola Gardini teaches Italian and Comparative literature at Oxford University. He won the Viareggio-Rèpaci 2012 prize with the novel LE PAROLE PERDUTE DI AMELIA LYND. He has curated works by both classic and modern writers, including Catullus, Marcus Aurelius, Ted Hughes, Emily Dickinson. His book VIVA IL LATINO sold more than 60.000 copies in Italy, and was translated in more than 10 countries.

Summary

There was a prodigious, outstanding phase in history when Italy was the centre of the world. The political fate of Europe was decided in Italian cities; the lingua franca of trade was Latin; the art, literature and philosophy of Italian courts were celebrated and imitated everywhere. It was the Rinascimento - Italy’s age of Renaissance -, the revolutionary theory of human excellence that within a few decades would spread from the centres of the Italian republics to other countries far and wide, establishing new ideals and models and driving a myth that still fills us with wonder.

What can this age of Italy at its most splendid teach us today? As he looks back at the past, Nicola Gardini helps us identify the dangerous flaws of our times and leads us to rediscover the energy we need to regenerate ourselves and achieve our own rebirth.

The Renaissance told through the eyes of illustrious revolutionary men and women who changed the course of history, from the renowned Leonardo da Vinci, Pico della Mirandola and Lorenzo de Medici, to the less known Poliziano or Girolamo Fracastoro.

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  • Author’s biography

    Nicola Gardini (born 1965) teaches Italian and Comparative literature at Oxford University. He won the Viareggio-Rèpaci 2012 prize with the novel LE PAROLE PERDUTE DI AMELIA LYND. He has curated works by both classic and modern writers, including Catullus, Marcus Aurelius, Ted Hughes, Emily Dickinson. His book VIVA IL LATINO sold more than 60.000 copies in Italy, and was translated in more than 10 countries.