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First Edition 2017

Volume 19 / Issue One



Roberto Saviano, author of "Gomorra."

Have parts of Naples become a sort of criminal no-man’s-land run by juvenile gangs with support from the traditional Camorra? This is the plot in Roberto Saviano’s recent novel, “La Paranza dei Bambini.” PRIMO Magazine has met Italy’s iconic writer numero uno to speak about the book, his new beginning in the U.S. and why he loves to meet his readers.

Roberto Saviano was only 26 when he published his first novel, “Gomorra.” The book was a narrative attempt to do something new using the so-called non fiction novel style, i.e. telling true stories by using the classic novel style. The book became a huge bestseller in not just Italy, but all over the world. "Gomorra" was about the Camorra organized crime syndicate that has dominated Naples for generations. Saviano was fearless in conveying the brutal violence of Camorra gangs; so much so that his life is repeatedly threatened by organized crime bosses and he lives under a 24 hour guard watch.


In Every Issue

  • Publisher’s Note
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Travel/Hidden Treasures
  • Italian Language
  • Genealogy/My Italian Family
  • Readers’ Corner
  • Reviews
  • Wine and Spirits
  • Subscription Form
  • Advertisers’ Index
Features

 

The First Edition 2017 includes:

  • Roberto Saviano - Author of the "Gomorra."
  • Italy's Era of Terra-Cotta: The Legacy of Luca della Robbia
  • Brooklyn's Italian Carroll Gardens
  • Actor Michael Dante - He Played "Maab" on Star Trek and Other Iconic Roles in TV and Cinema
  • One of The Best Films in Cinema - "The Battle of Algiers" - Its 50th Anniversary
  • Italian Recipes: From Rabbit Stew to Napoli Rum Baba

    COVER FEATURE - Roberto Saviano, Author of "Gomorra."

    “You here?
    But weren’t you
    supposed to die?”

    Have parts of Naples become a sort of criminal no-man’s-land run by juvenile gangs with support from the traditional Camorra? This is the plot in Roberto Saviano’s recent novel, “La Paranza dei Bambini.” PRIMO Magazine has met Italy’s iconic writer numero uno to speak about the book, his new beginning in the U.S. and why he loves to meet his readers.

    There is a sincere and serious concern in the voice of Roberto Saviano as he speaks about what he described in his recent novel “La Paranza dei Bambini” – an approximate translation of the Italian title could be “The Children’s Slaughter.”

    Roberto Saviano was only 26 when he published his first novel, “Gomorra.” The book was a narrative attempt to do something new using the so-called non fiction novel style, i.e. telling true stories by using the classic novel style. Since then "Gomorra" has been made into a feature length film and is now a television series in Italy with showings in the United States on Sunance TV.

    FEATURE ARTICLES

    Della Robbia - A Legacy of Color, Texture and Timeless Beauty :  The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, currently hosts a retrospective of Luca della Robbia, his proteges and rivals. The museum exhibition, which ends on June 4th, comes with 40 works of terra-cotta sculpture by Luca, his nephew Andrea, Andrea’s sons Giovanni, Luca the Younger, Marco and Girolamo, and those of competitors, Benedetto and Santi Buglioni, and a student of Andrea’s, Giovanni Francesco Rustici.

    Brooklyn’s Italian Carroll Gardens : Once upon a time in the last century, there were many neighborhoods in Brooklyn (do I have to add “New York”?) with a strong Italian influence...Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay, Williamsburg, Dyker Heights, to name a few. One that still maintains a significant Italian flavor is Carroll Gardens, in what used to be called South Brooklyn, but is actually nearer to the mid-western section of the borough. It’s in the same general area that Tuscany is in proportion to Italy, and like Tuscany, it has rich cultural roots. However, the heritage of most Italians in Carroll Gardens is not from the Tuscany region, but rather from Southern Italy, having arrived during the great immigration of southern Italians through Ellis Island in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

    "Maab" of Star Trek and Other Iconic Characters of Cinema and Television, as Portrayed by The Versatile...Michael Dante : Any actor worth their screen time should exhibit as much versatility as possible, according to Michael Dante. His is a face that has appeared in approximately 30 films and 150 television shows. He personifies adaptability.  Dante, 84, was born Ralph Vitti and grew up on the west side of Stamford, Connecticut. He was on a sports career path: Stamford High School basketball and a baseball team sponsored by the local newspaper – the Advocate All-Stars – which won a regional championship in 1949, the year he graduated.

    "The Battle of Algiers": It is the film that pioneered political cinema. It tells the story of the Algerian Revolution. Heralded as a composite of Arab, French and African cultures; nonetheless, the film is wholly Italian. Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, with screenplay by him and Franco Solinas and music by Ennio Morricone, the film remains one of cinema’s best.

    Warm Food Cool Nights : Six great recipes from Italy with beautiful photographs.


Departments

    • Publisher’s Note: The Library of Congress - Libraries in Rome, Cesena and Venice Were Models
    • Hidden Treasures - Travel: Italy's Hospital of the Innocents
    • Language: Excerpt from H.G. Wells in English and Italian - "The War of The Worlds"
    • Readers' Corner:  "Nonna's Braid," by Tina Camino Smith
    • Wine and Spirits: Zucca - Italy’s Liqueur Comes with an Intriguing Name
    • Reviews: "Sharing Meals Heals," By Reverend William Faiella, CSC, Psy. D.; "Brooklyn Memories," By Joe and John Anselmo; "A Piazza for Sant'Antonio," By Paul Salsini.
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