"Italy is rich in seafaring cities, coasts, islands and trade routes where the tragedies and triumphs of times past are hymned in verse, song and epic. A "symphony of seafaring sagas" that numbers some of the great classics of art and literature. The sea masters us, says 'Ntoni in Giovanni Verga's Malavoglia, just as life masters us. " (Claudio Magris)
The relationship between sea and city is special and it has inspired a wealth of superb literature covering a huge range of genres and subjects, a sort of “symphony of seafaring sagas”, as Claudio Magris defines it, “that numbers some of the great classics of literature”.
This book springs from a series of meetings dedicated to cities of the sea held in Genoa in 2018. Here writers, artists and scholars explored how their native, or adopted, cities were linked to the sea, and how the sea flowed metaphorically through their streets, literature, culture and sentiments. A collection of dialogues ranging from Oslo to Genoa, from Marseilles to Trieste, through a kaleidoscope of Italian and European ports, harbours and havens. The book concludes with a conversation between Paolo Magris and Marco Salotti on the theme of the sea on the silver screen.