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April 04, 2011
07:00 pm


Italian Cultural Institute of New York
686 Park Avenue
10065 New York, NY
United States

The Italian Cultural Institute presents the youngest “Strega
Prize” winner ever, Paolo Giordano, and his best selling debut novel The
Solitude of Prime Numbers.

Hailed by the New York Times as “Mesmerizing…” and by the
New York Times Book Review as “…a finely tuned machine powered by the perverse
mechanics of need”, The Solitude of Prime Numbers explores the
loneliness of human condition and how those who suffer it to the extreme

“A prime number can only be divided by itself or by one—it
never truly fits with another”. When Alice and Mattia meet as teenagers, like
twin prime numbers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit.
They live parallel lives but are unable to reach out to each other.

28-years-old physicist Paolo Giordano’s novel is a stunning
meditation on solitude, love, and the weight of childhood experience.Discussant: Andrea Malaguti, University of Massachusetts Amherst.Registration online required: [email protected]: 212 879 4242 ext. 323