THE FIREFLIES OF AUTUMN, BY MORENO GIOVANNONI
- 4 July
06:30pm to 08:00pm
CO.AS.IT. and the Deborah Cass Prize together with Black Inc. invite you to celebrate the launch of
THE FIREFLIES OF AUTUMN BY MORENO GIOVANNONI
To be launched by Dr Antoni Jach
Remarks by Dan Cass, Deborah Cass Prize
Wednesday 4 July 2018, 6.30PM for a 6.45PM start, CO.AS.IT., 199 Faraday Street, Carlton
Supported by Readings Booksellers
The Fireflies of Autumn is phenomenal. I was so immersed in this book that I read it greedily, not wanting to leave San Ginese and return to the real world. There is immense beauty in this book, and there is great sadness and there is genuine tenderness. I can’t recall when I was last thrilled by a book as I am by this one.
San Ginese is a village where God lingers in people’s minds and many dream of California, Argentina or Australia. Some leave only to return feeling disheartened, wishing they had never come back, some never leave and forever wish they had.
The Fireflies of Autumn takes us into the olive groves and piazzas of this little-known Tuscan village. There we meet Bucchione, who was haunted by the Angel of Sadness; Lo Zena, his neighbour, with whom he feuded for forty years; Tommaso the Killer; the Adulteress; the Dead Boy and many others. These are linked tales of a people and their place over the course of the twentieth century.
Moreno Giovannoni was born in San Ginese but grew up in a house on a hill, on a tobacco farm at Buffalo River in north-east Victoria. He is a freelance translator of long standing. His essay ‘The Percheron’ was published in Southerly and selected for The Best Australian Essays in 2014. He was recipient of the prestigious Deborah Cass Prize in 2016. The Fireflies of Autumn is his first book.