Over 3,000 students in Italy today connected on Feltrinelli Live, the digital space of laFeltrinelli, to virtually meet Alberto Angela, in connection with the Feltrinelli Largo Torre Argentina, and discuss with the writer on “The last day of Rome”, the first volume of the trilogy published by HarperCollins dedicated to the Rome of 64 AD and the historical figure of Nero. A special event, one of a kind, organized by Prima Effe, the branch of Librerie Feltrinelli dedicated to the world of school education, which actively involved the students of five high schools in Rome, Naples, Bari, Messima and Palermo. : the Liceo Scientifico Charles Darwin, the Liceo Scientifico Vincenzo Cuoco-Campanella, the Liceo Classico Orazio Flacco, the Liceo Scientifico – Linguistico Archimede and the Don Bosco Ranchibile Institute of Palermo. A tribute that Librerie Feltrinelli dedicated to all children after a complex year of distance learning, making them the first person protagonists of an unprecedented interview with the author. To participate in the meeting, the students, throughout the month of April, read and discussed in class, coordinated by the teachers, the first volume of the trilogy, in order to elaborate a series of questions to ask the author on the occasion of the live streaming. . Francesco Ferraro, of the 1BL of the Darwin High School in Rome, underlined how: “in reading we found places that are familiar to us, but what struck us most, perhaps, are the colors, the light, the water. The sunrises and sunsets in Rome, as emerges from some passages in your book, seem to have not lost the charm of the past. We wonder if, to describe some places, he also visited them in the moments of the day in which the narrated scenes are set “. Angela, in answering him, underlined the importance of transforming history into everyday life and, to do so – he stated – “it is important to use all five senses. Telling what impact a certain cut of light has on a fountain at noon, what smells there are, what sensations one feels when touching a plastered wall, what noises are heard in the alleys. This attention to small details allows us to accompany the reader on a sensory tour of a past that no longer exists and to enter into direct communication with the reader’s heart because it passes through his emotions and sensations “. The speech by Luca Giannetto of the 2B Linguistico – Liceo Archimede di Messina instead focused on the double nature of the book: as a novel, with the rounds of Vindex and Saturninus and the day of Pliny and this sort of union between genders? ”he asked. Angela explained to the students how his approach as a popularizer leads him on the one hand to research the contents, on the other hand to find an effective way to communicate and transfer them to the reader, stating: “Since I started writing these history books I wanted to combine archaeological publication with a novel style. “But the students’ curiosities were many others, from what made Alberto Angela passionate about history; to the relationship between science fiction and history; to the type of work done on the sources (Camilla Lombardi – 3rd A Liceo Scientifico Vincenzo Cuoco – Campanella di Napoli). A lively moment of confrontation between the author and the children, waiting to be able to read the second volume of Nero’s trilogy, which will be in bookstores on May 13. “A I am very pleased to talk to you guys, when I do my programs I can’t see who is beyond the camera but I think a lot about you ”- said Alberto Angela.
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