The António Lobo Antunes Chair, which aims to “promote and promote the teaching and diffusion of the Portuguese language and culture”, is inaugurated today, at the University of Milan, with the participation of the writer.
António Lobo Antunes, 76, is in Italy where he received the Bottari Lattes Grinzane Prize last Saturday at the Grinzane Cavour Castle in the Piedmont region.
“Under the direction of Vincenzo Russo, professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Language and Literature, this Chair has the purpose and purpose of promoting and promoting the teaching and diffusion of the Portuguese language and culture”, said Camões – Institute for Cooperation and of Language.
The opening ceremony of the chair will take place today at 4:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. in Lisbon) at the Sala Crociera Alta di Giurisprudenza in Milan, during which the protocol is signed between the Camões Institute, represented by the Portuguese ambassador in Rome, Francisco Ribeiro Telles, and the rector of the Università degli Studi di Milano, Elio Franzini.
The inauguration of the lecture will be celebrated with a lectio magistralis by the most important writer of the Portuguese contemporary: António Lobo Antunes, author since 1979 of a rich and vast work with more than 30 novels and five volumes of chronicles, read and admired all over the world, “according to her.
António Lobo Antunes recently published a new novel, “The Last Door Before the Night”, which he dedicated to his friend George Steiner, literary critic and professor at the universities of Cambridge and Geneva, who spoke to him in this sentence of the Judith character of the opera ” The Castle of Barba Azul “by Béla Bartók.
At the end of the opera, the character “asks to open the last door before the night,” Lobo Antunes explained.
“A phrase that was not created for this book, has been around for a long time, and it was a phrase that always touched me, and in a sense, it is a tribute to a friend [George Steiner], who likes, respects and admires.