Crossing Borders: Exploring Trieste’s Multicultural Heritage with ‘Care parole’

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by InTrieste

The Ubik Bookstore in the Tergesteo Gallery on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, will play host to an evening of literary exploration as Erica Mastrociani unveils her latest work, “Care parole” (Speaking Boxes), in a captivating presentation that is expected to transcend borders and time.

The event, part of the “Trieste. Literary Crossroads” series, will offer attendees a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Trieste’s multicultural identity. From the shores of Friuli Venezia Giulia to the distant lands of Austria, Istria, Slovenia, and beyond, the city’s essence will resonate through the narratives of writers hailing from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Mastrociani’s “Care parole” will intricately weave the tale of four young souls who will embark on a journey to Trieste a century ago: Gino from Corato, Carlo from Putignano, Concetta from Trani, and Ada from Camaiore. Their arrival in the bustling port city will mark the beginning of a transformative odyssey, as they will navigate the challenges of integration, the specter of war, and the joys of new beginnings.

In a poignant dialogue moderated by esteemed historian Raoul Pupo and brought to life by the emotive performances of actor Maurizio Zacchigna, Mastrociani will illuminate the resilience and spirit of those who will find solace and belonging amidst the cultural mosaic of Trieste. Through her prose, she will capture the essence of a bygone era, where language, memories, and traditions will converge to shape the destiny of generations.

As the evening will unfold, the audience will be transported through time, retracing the footsteps of those who will seek refuge and opportunity on Trieste’s shores. Mastrociani’s narrative will serve as a poignant reminder of the enduring power of storytelling to bridge divides and foster understanding in an increasingly fragmented world.

Amidst the flickering candlelight of the Ubik Bookstore, “Care parole” will emerge not merely as a literary work but as a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the timeless allure of Trieste, a city where every street corner will echo with the voices of the past, present, and future.

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