‘Arturo’s Island’ comes to Lit Forum

January 31, 2020
By Marcy Shortuse

STAFF REPORT – After the sold-out Literature-Forum-sponsored performances by a stellar cast of Royal Palm Players reading Jon Robin Baitz’s  “Other Desert Cities” on January 16 and 17, the Forum returns to its usual format on Thursday, February 6th, when Joan Ardrey and Simonetta Balzer will present “Arturo’s Island”, by Elsa Morante. Morante was once considered the greatest writer of Italy’s postwar generation, and this 1957 work brought her international fame.
Told as if through an enchanted looking glass, the novel follows the adolescent Arturo through his days on the isolated Neapolitan island of Procida where – his mother long deceased, his father often absent, and a dog as his sole companion, he roams the countryside and beaches or reads in his family’s dilapidated. mansion.  This quiet, meandering existence is upended when his father brings home a beautiful 16-year-old bride.  A memorable depiction of longing and thwarted desires, “Arturo’s Island” reemerges in this splendid new translation by Ann Goldstein as an international literary classic. All are welcome to attend the discussion at 2 p.m. in the Houghton Room of the Boca Grande Community Center.