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Perspectives on Florence

Posted on 08 May 2012

"Perspectives on Florence", organized by the Language Centre of the European University Institute, presents Marco Vichi  who will give an overview of the characters of his works starting from ‘’L’inquilino’’ , through ‘’Morte a Firenze’’ .

The event takes place in the Badia Fiesolana, Seminar Room 2, on Tuesday 15 May at 17.30. Camilla Salvi and Annarita Zacchi will serve as discussants of the event which will be held in Italian. 

Marco Vichi and the dark side of Florence:

A dark, hidden, unknown, even cruel Florence serves as both the backgound and the protagonist of Vichi's novels. 

Marco Vichi

A Florentine himself, Vichi made his debut in 1999 with L’inquilino. The novel introduces us to a character destined to become the protagonist of many of Vichi’s stories: Commissioner Bordelli, a policeman in his fifties who solves crimes in the working-class Florence of the 1960s. It is a Florence of dives, alleyways and cheap housing estates but also of fashionable suburbs, as in Il commissario Bordelli (2002)  where an elderly lady is murdered in a sumptuous villa in via della Piazzola, San Domenico. And not far distant, another crime in  Una brutta faccenda (2003) where the body of a girl is discovered in the shrubbery of the English-type park of Villa il Ventaglio, now the seat of the Università Internazionale dell’Arte.

Other titles include Donne donne (2000), Il nuovo venuto (2004), Il brigante (2006) and Nero di luna (2007).

Marco Vichi was born in Florence in 1957. The author of eleven novels and two collections of short stories, he has also edited crime anthologies, written screenplays, music lyrics, for radio and collaborated on and directed various projects for humanitarian causes. His novel Death in Florence won the Scerbanenco, Rieti and Camaiore prizes in Italy.

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