Meeting with Vittorio Sermonti: L'Ombra di Dante

Palazzo Grassi


Vittorio Sermonti, born in Rome in 1929, is a writer, a translator for theater, a radio and TV journalist, a professor of Italian-Latin in high school at the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica, a novelist, a poet. From the nineties he has combined his work as author, translator for theater and poetry and professor with his interest in the relationship between writing and reading. Between 1997 and 2007 he recites a few classics - from the Aeneid of Virgil to Dante's Divine Comedy - in crowded public reading rooms.

Between 1995 and 1997 he read in the Basilica of San Francesco in Ravenna, the entire Comedy, between 2000 and 2002 he read in the Pantheon in Rome, from 2003 to 2005 in Florence (Cenacolo Santa Croce) and in Milan ( S. Maria delle Grazie), in 2006 in Bologna (Santo Stefano). In the autumn of 2006 (Milan, Santa Maria delle Grazie) and autumn 2007 (Rome, esedra of Marcus Aurelius in the Capitoline Museums) he presented his translation of the twelve books of the Aeneid published in May 2007 by Rizzoli. In 2009, still for Rizzoli, he published an essay on the reading: Il vizio di leggere.