Helena Janeczek takes her Strega Prize winning novel, “The Girl with the Leica”, on tour of North America. The girl with the Leica is Gerda Taro, a German-Jewish war photographer, anti-fascist activist, artist and innovator who was killed while documenting the Spanish Civil War and tragically became the first female photojournalist to be killed on a battlefield.
The Girl with a Leica. Gerda Taro was a German-Jewish war photographer, anti-fascist activist, artist and innovator who, together with her partner, the Hungarian Endre Friedmann, was one half of the alias Robert Capa, widely considered to be the twentieth century’s greatest war and political photographer. She was killed while documenting the Spanish Civil War and tragically became the first female photojournalist to be killed on a battlefield.
“A biography; a feminist parable; a declaration of love for photography; a narrative tableau of the 1930s: The Girl with the Leica is all of this at once. Helena Janeczek worked on this book for six years. And it shows.” ― Il Sole 24 Ore
Helena Janeczek. Born in Munich in a Polish Jewish family, Helena Janeczek has been living in Italy for over thirty years. With The Girl with the Leica she won the Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary award, and was a finalist for the Campiello Prize. Amongst her other titles: Lezioniditenebra, Cibo and Le rondini di Montecassino. She lives in Milan, Italy.
Event in Italian
The Week of the Italian Language in the World, is under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic and is an event promoted yearly by Italy’s cultural and diplomatic network abroad in the third week of October. This 19th edition’s main theme is “Italian language on the stage”: one full week enriched by book presentations and staged reading where language and literature will be at the centre of the scene.