Italian writer – Mario Sechi http://mariosechi.net/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 17:36:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mariosechi.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-40-120x120.png Italian writer – Mario Sechi http://mariosechi.net/ 32 32 Bengali Folk Puppeteers Tell the Story of Italian Writer Carlo Collodi’s Adventures of Pinocchio | India is blooming https://mariosechi.net/bengali-folk-puppeteers-tell-the-story-of-italian-writer-carlo-collodis-adventures-of-pinocchio-india-is-blooming/ Mon, 16 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/bengali-folk-puppeteers-tell-the-story-of-italian-writer-carlo-collodis-adventures-of-pinocchio-india-is-blooming/ Kolkata: The Adventures of Pinocchio by Italian writer Carlo Collodi is taken from children’s books to be retold by the folk artists of Bengal in three different and unique interpretations through puppetry, Pata Chitra and mixed media at Madhusudhan Mancha in Kolkata Saturday. Organized by FREED in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in […]]]>

Kolkata: The Adventures of Pinocchio by Italian writer Carlo Collodi is taken from children’s books to be retold by the folk artists of Bengal in three different and unique interpretations through puppetry, Pata Chitra and mixed media at Madhusudhan Mancha in Kolkata Saturday.

Organized by FREED in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Kolkata, the show was presented by “The Dolls Theatre”, showcasing a synthesis of traditional art and modernity as artists narrated Pinocchio’s journey of transformation , from being created as a wooden puppet to a real Human.

The Adventures of Pinocchio is a children’s novel by Italian writer Carlo Collodi, written in Pescia. It is about the mischievous adventures of an animated puppet named Pinocchio and his father, a poor woodcarver named Geppetto.

Among the traditional forms of puppetry found in Bengal – rod, glove and string – at the first performance, the audience witnessed traditional puppeteer Rampada Ghoroi maneuvering his Beni or Bene Putul (thumb-manipulated hand puppets, middle and index finger) to tell the story of Pinocchio.

Ghoroi performed the story in a solo act, maneuvering his two-handed glove puppets, singing, narrating, and giving dialogue to the characters all by himself.

Ghoroi, who is originally a resident of Padmatamali village in East Medinipur district, had never heard of Pinocchio though he had acted out children’s stories and tales many times.

“My existing puppets weren’t suited for this performance. This character looks a bit like a cartoon character with disproportionate features like a long nose and big ears,” he said.

“Since this was going to be my first performance in this story, I made the doll with a long nose and big ears, but dressed her in the usual way with bright, shiny clothes and jewelry,” a- he added.

Ghoroi said he would like to perform on similar stories where the characters seem different from what puppeteers like him are used to.

“It was my first experience telling the story of a country different from this type of character. It will take some time to soak in and I would love to replicate this performance again if given the opportunity. “, he added.

In another performance, the well-known Pata Chitra artist, Manimala Chitrakar, told the story in the traditional form of the Medinipur region of Bengal in eastern India, using a long scroll with scenes of history painted in the form of frames, accompanied by a song.

The ‘patuas’, as these artists are called using ‘pat’ or a long piece of cloth to sequence the various events of the tale, tell the story in the form of a song, which they write and compose, depending on the audience. .

For Manimala too, it was the first time Pinocchio was presented in this traditional art form, which she said was an enjoyable experience for her.

So far, she has mostly told mythological and religious stories and used this medium to convey social messages through government projects.

“It was a whole new opportunity for me. Since the story of Pinocchio has a message for children, I wrote the song which is aimed at school children, to take the example of Pinocchio and not fall into the bad stuff,” she explained.

In the final presentation, The Dolls Theater performed the story using different types of puppets, including hand puppets and string puppets, to play most of the roles while actors played some of the characters. Stage props, lighting, background voice artists as well as songs allowed for a more elaborate explanation of the tale than previous mediums.

Sudip Gupta of Dolls Theater noted that puppetry can be used as a medium to reach the masses, especially children, and many countries around the world use it to convey messages apart from storytelling and entertainment.

“However, no other country can boast of the diversity of puppet traditions like India where each state has its own type of puppets. Puppetry in India is very much alive and a lot of work is done by contemporary puppeteers like us , which use traditional forms as well as other media to better capture the imagination of viewers,” he said.

Italian Consul General Dr Gianluca Rubagotti said the program was an effort to bring together the centuries-old cultural elements of Italy and India and part of wider Indo-Italian collaborative plans with artists local.

Sharing his take on the performances, he said, “It was very enjoyable. I also saw the rehearsals and witnessed the hard work and passion put into making these shows. From the outside these depictions look very simple but I can tell you how much hard work goes behind them.”

“The idea was to tell a story, of Italian origin but carrying a universal message, through local artists, in this case puppeteers and Pata Chitra. We gave them the inspiration, which brought to life through art forms typical of this part of the world, but again have a broader appeal,” said Rubagotti, explaining the concept behind the project.

A good way to create a fusion is to intertwine the two cultures, he said, adding that the Italian consulate has undertaken many such projects across film, theatre, visual arts, literature, etc

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“It’s fair to ask questions” https://mariosechi.net/its-fair-to-ask-questions/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/its-fair-to-ask-questions/ Italian author Gianfelice Facchetti said the public should be wondering about San Siro’s redevelopment plans, according to a report published in Italian print media today. Speaking in an interview with Tuttosport, the son of former Inter player Giacinto Facchetti explained that with such a deeply felt problem, residents and fans alike should be listened to […]]]>



Italian author Gianfelice Facchetti said the public should be wondering about San Siro’s redevelopment plans, according to a report published in Italian print media today.

Speaking in an interview with Tuttosport, the son of former Inter player Giacinto Facchetti explained that with such a deeply felt problem, residents and fans alike should be listened to more.

“I’m not a coach, but I think it’s legitimate to ask questions about such a deeply felt topic, also listening to the reasons of locals and fans. If it’s good to do it, let’s do it. But you have to confront yourself publicly to come to this conclusion.

“Instead, in this case, the issue was not addressed during the election campaign because it would have been tricky to do so. Then, shortly after the elections, the junta ruled on the public utility of the new stadium without explaining in detail why the restructuring of the Meazza could not take place.

Gianfelice Facchetti believes there are two major issues with plans for a new San Siro for Inter and AC Milan. The first is that the ideas for restructuring the existing stadium have not been explored.

“In my opinion, these projects were not really considered,” he said.

The second is that the proposals for the new stadium suggest there will be a drop in the number of fans the pitch can hold.

About 13,000 fewer seats will be in the new pitch compared to the current stadium, and Gianfelice Facchetti believes that is not something other big European teams would do.

“I don’t see any other big European clubs who, by switching from the old to the new, have reduced the availability of seats. Indeed, many have increased it. San Siro can currently accommodate 76,000 spectators.

“The new stadium has 63,000, of which 12,000 are dedicated to guests from the sponsor areas in the main stand.

“Milan have always been used to thinking big, even in football. A stadium with a capacity of just over 60,000 people does not seem to me to respond to this citizen command.



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Italian writer / director Donato Carrisi shoots “I Am the Abyss” https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-director-donato-carrisi-shoots-i-am-the-abyss/ Mon, 01 Nov 2021 16:53:59 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-director-donato-carrisi-shoots-i-am-the-abyss/ The successful Italian writer-turned-director Donato Carrisi (“The Girl in the Fog”, “In the Labyrinth”) has started filming near Lake Como on his third feature film “I Am The Abyss”. Vision Distribution is launching international sales on the American Film Market Online Photo, which is based on its new thriller of the same title. Carrisi, who […]]]>


The successful Italian writer-turned-director Donato Carrisi (“The Girl in the Fog”, “In the Labyrinth”) has started filming near Lake Como on his third feature film “I Am The Abyss”.

Vision Distribution is launching international sales on the American Film Market Online Photo, which is based on its new thriller of the same title.

Carrisi, who has written 11 international bestsellers and sold more than 3 million copies of his books worldwide, rose to the top of the Italian book charts earlier this year, shortly after the publication of ” I Am the Abyss ”in Italy in November 2020.

The psychological cooler involving a serial killer set in an atmospheric setting by a lake, has been translated in Germany, France and other countries and will be released in the UK this month.

Carrisi in a statement called his latest work “a thriller with deep feelings whose twists and suspense are built around the narrative arcs of the characters.

There is a visible history, but there is also a submerged history which silently flows then suddenly emerges, ”he added. “And it’s the one that hits the viewer when they least expect it in that little corner of our heart where we keep empathy.

The cast of “I Am the Abyss” is still being kept a secret, even though the cameras are rolling.

The film is co-produced by Italian Palomar, the Italian production company of French group Mediawan, and Vision Distribution, directed by Italian sales veteran Catia Rossi. Palomar has produced some of Italy’s best recent movies and series, including Oscar nominated star Sophia Loren, “The Life Ahead” and skein “Inspector Montalbano”.

Vision Distribution is the business arm of a unique content alliance formed in 2016 by pay TV operator Sky Italia and five leading Italian production companies – Cattleya, owned by ITV, Fremantle’s Wildside, Lucisano Media Group, Indiana Production and Palomar – who signed an agreement to release their films in the country.

Carrisi’s previous films, “The Girl in the Fog,” with Toni Servillo and Jean Reno, and “In the Labyrinth,” with Servillo and Dustin Hoffman, have traveled a lot.


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Italian writer Antonio Pennacchi has died aged 71 https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-antonio-pennacchi-has-died-aged-71/ Wed, 04 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-antonio-pennacchi-has-died-aged-71/ Pennacchi won the Strega Prize in Italy for his novel Mussolini Canal. Italian writer Antonio Pennacchi died on the evening of August 3, at the age of 71, Mondadori publishing house announced. Pennacchi, died at his home in Latina, the seaside town south of Rome where he was born in 1950 and spent his entire […]]]>


Pennacchi won the Strega Prize in Italy for his novel Mussolini Canal.

Italian writer Antonio Pennacchi died on the evening of August 3, at the age of 71, Mondadori publishing house announced.

Pennacchi, died at his home in Latina, the seaside town south of Rome where he was born in 1950 and spent his entire life.

A factory worker until the age of 50, Pennacchi was always politically active, making the memorable journey from fascism in his youth to communism in his later years.

His experiences led him to write He fascicomunista (2003), his first novel, which served as the basis for the 2007 hit film Mio fratello è figlio unico (My brother is an only child).

Elio Germano and Riccardo Scamarcio in Mio fratello è figlio unico.

In 2010, Pennacchi won the Premio Strega, Italy’s most prestigious literary award, for Mussolini Canal, a novel about the fascist-era recovery of the Pontine marshes south of Rome and the migration of inhabitants from the northern regions of Veneto and Friuli to the newly built towns of Latina and Sabaudia.

Often referred to as the “fasciocomunista”, Pennacchi was known for his hat and red scarf.

Yesterday evening, the Italian Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, paid tribute to him as “the first great narrator of an Italy forgotten until today”.



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Italian writer Roberto Calasso is dead https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-roberto-calasso-is-dead/ Thu, 29 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-roberto-calasso-is-dead/ The Italian Minister of Culture called him an “exceptional intellectual”. In his books, Roberto Calasso has dealt at length with Nietzsche and Baudelaire. Milan (AP) – Italian writer and publisher Roberto Calasso has died in Milan at the age of 80. This was announced by the Suhrkamp publishing house. According to the Italian Ansa news […]]]>


The Italian Minister of Culture called him an “exceptional intellectual”. In his books, Roberto Calasso has dealt at length with Nietzsche and Baudelaire.

Milan (AP) – Italian writer and publisher Roberto Calasso has died in Milan at the age of 80. This was announced by the Suhrkamp publishing house.

According to the Italian Ansa news agency, Calasso had been ill for some time. The Florence-born cultural essayist and philosopher celebrated his 80th birthday almost two months ago.

Calasso was also the managing director of Italian literary publisher Adelphi Edizioni. He was accepted there as a young student when the company was founded.

Among other things, Calasso treated the works of other authors in essays and books, such as the French poet and writer Charles Baudelaire or the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. In 1989 he received the Nietzsche Premio Internazionale Federico Nietzsche Prize for his Nietzsche edition. In 2008, he received the science award from the Aby Warburg Foundation. His lecture at the time was “Baudelaire and the cult of images”.

Calasso’s books and texts have been translated into many European languages. In Germany, he published “Der Traum Baudelaires”, “Die Glut” and, more recently in 2019, “The unspeakable today”. Adelphi Edizioni published the books “Bobi” and “Memè Scianca” shortly before his death.

The editorial thanked them on social networks for the many messages of affection after the announcement of Calasso’s death. “There is still a lot to say, but at times like these there is a lack of clarity and silence is preferred.” Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini spoke of the loss of a pillar of the Italian publishing industry and called Calasso an “extraordinary intellectual”.


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Italian writer sheds light on new motives, Regeni murder suspects say case served to destroy Cairo-Rome relations https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-sheds-light-on-new-motives-regeni-murder-suspects-say-case-served-to-destroy-cairo-rome-relations/ Sun, 14 Feb 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-sheds-light-on-new-motives-regeni-murder-suspects-say-case-served-to-destroy-cairo-rome-relations/ CAIRO – February 14, 2021: Leopoldo Salmaso, Italian doctor and political author, has accused security officials in Rome and London of planning and executing the assassination of Italian doctoral student Giulio Regeni in Cairo in 2016 for reasons policies. Salmaso, in an article he wrote in ComeDonChisciotte, claimed that the turbulence following the murder of […]]]>


CAIRO – February 14, 2021: Leopoldo Salmaso, Italian doctor and political author, has accused security officials in Rome and London of planning and executing the assassination of Italian doctoral student Giulio Regeni in Cairo in 2016 for reasons policies.

Salmaso, in an article he wrote in ComeDonChisciotte, claimed that the turbulence following the murder of Regeni was only aimed at destroying the good relations between Egypt and Italy and harming the common economic interests of the two countries.

Salmazo believes that the whole Regeni affair was done in order to reschedule energy sources in the Mediterranean, or in the direct sense, in order to deprive Italy of the great opportunities for cooperation in the gas sector.

The author claims that Regeni had been trained in the United States in institutions related to intelligence before going to Cairo. He was also trained at Oxford Analytica, which the writer calls a multinational spy company.

Salmaso said Regeni in Cairo is looking for opposition figures who seek to destabilize the Egyptian state after the June 2013 revolution against the Muslim Brotherhood term. The author added that an Egyptian citizen reported the case to security authorities after questioning Regeni’s intentions.

Salmaso also believes Regeni’s assassins were the ones who sent him, as they believed he had been exposed to Egyptian security authorities.

The author also believes that Regeni’s mother played a role in covering up the truth about her son’s murder by preventing Egyptian security authorities from having her laptop from her Cairo residence as evidence.

Conflicting conclusions

In November, the Italian prosecution in Rome said five people belonging to the security authorities are suspected in the case of the murder of the Italian student, but the Egyptian prosecution considers the suspicions to be “unfounded”.

Regeni, a 28-year-old doctoral student, disappeared in early 2016 in the Egyptian capital; he was found dead in February of the same year, his body showing signs of torture. The perpetrators of the crime have not yet been brought to justice despite judicial cooperation between Egypt and Italy.

The Egyptian prosecution said in a joint statement from the two prosecutions that Regeni was the victim of a robbery gang, saying he could find his things in the apartment of one of the gang members.

However, he claimed that Regeni’s murderer is still unknown to the Egyptian side.

The Rome prosecution, for its part, decided to close the investigation after discovering that five people belonging to the security authorities were suspect in the case, a conclusion with which the Egyptian prosecution says it does not agree.

“The Egyptian prosecution service, despite its understanding and appreciation of Italian legal procedures. However, he has complete reservations about this suspicion and does not approve of it, as it is not based on solid evidence, ”the statement read.

The Egyptian prosecution says it understands the independent decisions that the Rome prosecution will take on the basis of this conclusion.

According to the findings of the Egyptian prosecution, the gang of thieves that victimized Regeni had committed similar crimes using false documents claiming they were part of an Egyptian security authority.

“The Egyptian public prosecutor will deal with this incident in this way,” the statement added.

The Egyptian prosecution has indicated that it will “temporarily close” the investigations into the case and that it will assign the search and investigation services to undertake the procedures required to find the perpetrator.

He added that the Rome prosecutor’s office accepts the Egyptian side’s decision.

“Finally, the two parties have shown their commitment to continue judicial cooperation between them and to submit all the information that must be obtained around the incident to find out the truth,” the statement said.

“The two prosecutors affirm that judicial cooperation between them has been and will remain at the highest level in all judicial areas,” the statement added.

No basis for filing a file

A month later, the Egyptian prosecutor announced that there was currently no basis to initiate criminal proceedings for the murder, kidnapping and incident of physical torture of Regeni.

The public prosecutor instructed the investigative bodies to continue their work to identify the culprit (s) and dropped the charges against four officers and a police officer affiliated with the National Security Agency.

In addition, the criminal case of robbery was dropped due to the death of the defendants.

The prosecution opened an investigation on February 3, 2016 when citizens found the victim’s body on the desert road from Cairo to Alexandria. The investigations lasted nearly five years

During these years, the prosecution determined the events from his disappearance until the discovery of the body as well as the details of his stay in Egypt. During this time, he traveled to and from Egypt on several occasions, having destinations in Italy, Turkey and Israel.

Investigations also identified his Egyptian and non-Egyptian knowledge. This is in addition to his efforts in the context of scientific research he was conducting on unions, labor movements and independent unions, in particular the union of street vendors and irregular workers under the aegis of the American University in Cairo ( AUC).

Investigations have also closely delineated his activities in the final days before his disappearance and on the day of his disappearance until the body was found.

The prosecution arranged for the autopsy to take place to determine the cause of death. Also, his clothes; objects from which the body lay; data on the victim’s phone SIM card; SIM cards that were present where he last visited and where the body was found; and, the contents of the surveillance cameras located at the place where he disappeared were analyzed.

In addition, the prosecution gathered the testimonies of nearly 120 witnesses and requested investigations from the security agencies. These inquiries indicated that the victim – in the course of carrying out scientific research – was in contact with a number of members of independent trade unions and street vendors as well as members of various political groups.

The victim was present in the sites where they met and criticized in his conversations with them the behavior of certain political groups in the country and the way they handle political mobility. He expressed concern about the danger such groups pose to the stability of Egypt. Investigations proved the victim’s discussions with pedestrian vendors about the system in force in Egypt and that he claimed they could change the status quo as has happened in other countries.

The prosecution inspected the victim’s residence in Egypt and found that her parents had recovered all of her personal belongings, including her laptop, just after the news of her death was announced.

for judicial cooperation, the Egyptian Public Prosecutor’s Office informed the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Rome of the updates of the investigation. This was done through 15 bilateral meetings between investigative teams from each country’s prosecution service. He also sent his Italian counterpart some requests – out of five communications – as these would help the investigation.

However, the Italian public prosecutor’s office did not respond to some of these requests, such as the dispatch of Regeni’s laptop and the testimonies of witnesses questioned by the Italian authorities, without indicating “good enough” reasons. The excuse was that Italy pledged not to disclose information it acquired from other states to Egypt or any other state. Since the Egyptian Public Prosecutor’s Office is the original entity responsible for the investigation, such an act does not meet the standards of international judicial cooperation, the statement released on Wednesday said.

On the other hand, the Egyptian public prosecutor received requests from their Italian counterparts – on four communications – and responded to most of them, with the exception of extracting the identity of all those present. and moving between five underground metro stations in Cairo using mobile phone service. suppliers as well as to provide the names of all foreigners who have been arrested or arrested by the police since the evening of the same day he disappeared and until the body was found. Indeed, such measures would violate the privacy of Egyptians and international human rights law.

The prosecution requested legal aid from the United Kingdom to obtain information from the University of Cambridge on the nature of the investigation carried out by the victim and the reasons for his trip to Egypt. The Egyptian public prosecutor also wanted to know the testimonies of the supervisors who supervised the research and the sources of funding. The prosecution also requested Kenyan legal aid to obtain the testimony of a witness in Kenya, who claimed to have heard Regeni speak with an Egyptian officer. Yet none of these states approved without stating the reasons.


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An Italian writer says he felt betrayed by France https://mariosechi.net/an-italian-writer-says-he-felt-betrayed-by-france/ Thu, 17 Dec 2020 08:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/an-italian-writer-says-he-felt-betrayed-by-france/ ROME Italian journalist and writer Corrado Augias said he returned his Legion of Honour, France’s highest honour, after it was also presented to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who came to power in 2013 by a Rebellion. “Actually, it’s due to two incidents that happened simultaneously. The two news; Rome prosecutors revealed that Giulio Regeni […]]]>

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Italian journalist and writer Corrado Augias said he returned his Legion of Honour, France’s highest honour, after it was also presented to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who came to power in 2013 by a Rebellion.

“Actually, it’s due to two incidents that happened simultaneously. The two news; Rome prosecutors revealed that Giulio Regeni had been tortured before the murder and that Macron awarded the Legion of Honor to Egyptian President Sissi, came out almost at the same time. And that made me angry,” he told Anadolu Agency.

Regeni, 28, was an Italian researcher and doctoral student in Egypt, who disappeared on January 25, 2016 – the fifth anniversary of a popular uprising that forced the late President Hosni Mubarak to step down after 30 years in power. Nine days later, the researcher’s naked body was found in a ditch on a Cairo highway.

After years of investigations by Italian prosecutors, despite Cairo’s lack of cooperation, the Rome prosecutor’s office earlier this month called for the trial of four Egyptian officers, including a general.

Days before the trial, French President Emmanuel Macron awarded Sissi the prestigious Legion of Honor medal during a three-day state visit last week.

Egyptian authorities deny any involvement in Regeni’s death.

Augias said that once he made up his mind, he called the editor of La Repubblica, the newspaper he writes for, and shared his intention to return the award to the French Embassy in Italy. He then sent a letter to the newspaper explaining his decision.

“I have lived in Paris for many years. I’m still alive, but not nowadays because of COVID-19.

“My family is originally from Provence, France. Therefore, my ties with France are strong, but my recent act has nothing to do with those ties,” he told Anadolu Agency.

“It’s not up to France or its president Emmanuel Macron. It’s just to show that I don’t agree with this decision by Macron,” he added.

He said Macron’s act of awarding the medal to Sissi felt like being “betrayed by a lover”.

“When I went to return my medal to the ambassador, I reminded him of the visit of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi to Rome in 2009. He was welcomed at the Quirinal (presidential palace) with a solemn ceremony. He was invited to dinners , but he was never given a medal,” he added.

The writer said Italy should put more pressure on Egypt to demand justice for its citizen. But he added that cutting all ties with Egypt would not work well.

“If, as some say, Italy cuts all relations with Egypt, the next day we will face a situation where all Italian industry will leave Egypt. Immediately afterwards, German and French industries will take our place. It might not work out very well,” he said.

* written by Iclal Turan in Ankara

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Italian writer pays honor to France in protest https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-pays-honor-to-france-in-protest/ Mon, 14 Dec 2020 08:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-pays-honor-to-france-in-protest/ ROME The Italian journalist and writer Corrado Augias personally presented his Legion of Honor to the French Embassy in Italy on Monday, in protest against the decoration of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with the same award. Augias, 85, refused to “share this honor” with al-Sisi, who was decorated with the Grand Cross during his […]]]>


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The Italian journalist and writer Corrado Augias personally presented his Legion of Honor to the French Embassy in Italy on Monday, in protest against the decoration of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with the same award.

Augias, 85, refused to “share this honor” with al-Sisi, who was decorated with the Grand Cross during his state visit to France last week.

“In my opinion, President (Emmanuel) Macron should not have awarded the Legion of Honor to a head of state who has objectively been an accomplice to atrocious criminals”, wrote Augias in a letter published by the Italian daily La Repubblica.

This gesture reflects the outrage of the Italian public as the Egyptian secret service is suspected of being responsible for the kidnapping, torture and murder of Italian researcher Giulio Regeni.

Regeni, a 28-year-old doctoral student studying in Egypt, disappeared on January 25, 2016, on the fifth anniversary of a popular uprising that forced President Hosni Mubarak to step down after 30 years in power. Nine days later, his body was found on a highway.

While Egyptian authorities deny any involvement in the student’s death, observers say signs of torture on Regeni’s body were similar to those caused by Egyptian police torture.

His mother, who has since fought to uncover the truth about her son’s death, said she only recognized the body through the tip of her nose.

After years of investigations by Italian prosecutors, despite a lack of cooperation from Cairo, the Rome public prosecutor’s office called on December 10 for the trial of four Egyptian officers, including a general.

“The fairness measure has been exceeded or even exaggerated,” Augias wrote. “The assassination of Giulio Regeni represents for us Italians a bloody wound, an affront, and I would have expected from President Macron a gesture of understanding if not of fraternity, in the name of the Europe that we are trying together, so difficult to build. “

After the discovery of Regeni’s body, Italy temporarily recalled its ambassador to Egypt. But since then Rome has gradually reestablished its relations with Cairo despite protests from the student’s family.

Roberto Fico, the president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, declared after Augias’ gesture: “Europe must be united… especially when fundamental rights are at stake.

Riccardo Noury, spokesperson for Amnesty International in Italy, said he hoped that other Italian personalities decorated with the Legion of Honor would “form a long line” outside the French embassy to imitate the protest of Augias.

The UK-based human rights watchdog has been actively demanding the truth for Regeni and the release of Patrick Zaky, an Egyptian student at the University of Bologna who has also been jailed in Cairo since last February.

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Italian writer renders Legion of Honor to protest Sisi’s prize in Egypt https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-renders-legion-of-honor-to-protest-sisis-prize-in-egypt/ Mon, 14 Dec 2020 08:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-renders-legion-of-honor-to-protest-sisis-prize-in-egypt/ Published on: 12/14/2020 – 15:25Amended: 12/14/2020 – 15:29 Italian journalist and writer Corrado Augias returned his Legion of Honor to protest against France’s decision to award the same prize to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, described by Augias as “an accomplice of atrocious criminals”. Symbolic act “On Monday, December 14, I will go to the […]]]>


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Italian journalist and writer Corrado Augias returned his Legion of Honor to protest against France’s decision to award the same prize to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, described by Augias as “an accomplice of atrocious criminals”.

Symbolic act

“On Monday, December 14, I will go to the French Embassy to award the Legion of Honor. A gesture as serious as it is purely symbolic. I feel that I owe this act to the deep emotional and emotional bond that I have with France, ”he wrote in a letter published in the liberal left-wing daily La Repubblica.

“In my opinion, President Emmanuel Macron should not have given the Legion of Honor to a Head of State who objectively became an accomplice to atrocious criminals,” he wrote to Augias in the letter

“I say this for the memory of poor Giulio Regeni, but also for France, for the importance that this distinction still represents, two centuries after its institution”, added Augias, who received the medal in 2007.

Giulio Regeni kidnapped

In January 2016, Giulio Regeni, 28, an Italian student, was kidnapped by unknown assailants and his body found tortured and horribly mutilated a few days later in the suburbs of Cairo.

The case poisons relations between Cairo and Rome, Italy regularly accusing the Egyptian authorities of not cooperating and even offering false leads to Italian investigators.

Italy has temporarily recalled its ambassador. She is now preparing to try four Egyptian officers, including a general.

Frenchman Macron presented the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor to President Sissi, on an official visit to France, last week, a distinction that sparked outrage on social media due to the repression of human rights in Egypt, according to humanitarian NGOs.

Augias, 85, has also produced television programs on culture and was an MEP from 1994 to 1999.


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New children’s book Vahana Masterclass launched by Italian writer Alfredo Covelli-ANI https://mariosechi.net/new-childrens-book-vahana-masterclass-launched-by-italian-writer-alfredo-covelli-ani/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 08:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/new-childrens-book-vahana-masterclass-launched-by-italian-writer-alfredo-covelli-ani/ Bombay (Maharashtra) [India], Dec. 1 (ANI / NewsView): Alfredo Covelli, an author based in Italy, today launched his new book Vahana Masterclass for children and young audiences in the Indian market.Intended for the age of readers (8 to 12 years), the books will be illustrated and published by Scholastic India. Indian mythology and culture is […]]]>


Bombay (Maharashtra) [India], Dec. 1 (ANI / NewsView): Alfredo Covelli, an author based in Italy, today launched his new book Vahana Masterclass for children and young audiences in the Indian market.
Intended for the age of readers (8 to 12 years), the books will be illustrated and published by Scholastic India. Indian mythology and culture is very popular among other countries, they admire the way we worship our god and goddesses. Our culture is simple but powerful, and people from any country feel connected to it.
The warmth and love of culture is so unique that it inspires not only our Indian authors but also authors from other countries to explore more about it. Alfredo had a keen interest in our Indian culture and mythology, which inspired him to write a story about Lord Ganesh for children.
The book tells the story of Ganesha in search of a new vahana to accompany him in all the great adventures around the cosmos. After millennia of service, the great VahanaMushika, sacred mount of Lord Ganesha is about to retire to live the rest of his life in meditation. For this reason, 4 young mice (3 months each) are selected from different regions of India: the intelligent Anand from Kolkata (selected by the goddess Kali), the devoted Kanu from Gujarat (selected by Lord Krishna), the brave Karthik from Chennai (selected by the other Vahanas), and compassionate Gitanjali from Uttarakhand (selected by Prakriti, nature).
They will be trained by Master Mushika, they will face demons and terrible dangers, and in the end, only one of them will be elected Lord Ganesha’s next Vahan.
“I am delighted to launch my first book in India. I have always had a deep interest in Indian culture and Hindu religion, which inspired me to write this book. Vahana Masterclass is my first book in English, the first for the Indian market, and the first for children. The book is an epic adventure of four mice and their journey to become Ganesha’s next vahana. It’s kind of Indian Harry Potter with mice and I hope it “it will attract the interest of young audiences. I suppose this book is inhabited by my love, my will and my dedication,” said Alfredo Covelli, commenting on the book.
Born in 1979, Alfredo Covelli is an Italian writer, screenwriter, film producer and teacher, and novelist working worldwide and based in Rome, Lazio, Italy. After college, he started working as an assistant director in Italian feature films and television series. In 2005, he won the main Italian scriptwriting competition (PremioSolinas) and began writing feature films and television series.
In 2012, he created his production company MEPRODUCODASOLO and began producing short and feature films, selected by the main international film festivals such as Venice, Cannes, Rome and BFI London, theatrically distributed and broadcast on television.
He has worked as a screenplay consultant in India and Scotland. He is professor of scriptwriting at the Italian National Film Institute (CSC, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia). He is a known producer for Pure Hearts (2017), Goodbye Darling, I’m Off to Fight (2016) and Off Road (2013).
Full of demons, darkness, courage and compassion – the book shines a light on the author’s wild and bright imagination. The illustrations are by Indian artist ZainabTambawalla. The book is now available in real bookstores and on the web through the Scholastic website, Amazon, and Flipkart.
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