Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston presents Andrea Bajani

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Andrea Bajani
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The Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston welcomes novelist Andrea Bajani to the Milford House to discuss his latest book, If You Kept a Record of Sins (2021). This will be a conversation with the author and a presentation of the book. Director of Italian Studies at the University of Houston Professor Alessandro Carrera will be the moderator for the event. The book will be available for sale at the event.

If You Kept a Record of Sins records the indelible marks a mother leaves on her son after she abandons their home in Italy for a business she’s building in Romania. Lorenzo, just a young boy when his mother leaves, recalls the incisive fragments of their life when they would playfully wrestle each other, watch the sunrise, and test out his mother’s mysterious, mythical invention. Now a young man, Lorenzo travels to Romania for his mother’s funeral and reflects on the strangeness of today’s Europe, which masks itself as a beacon of Western civilization while iniquity and exploitation run rampant. With elliptical, piercing prose, Bajani tells a story of abandonment and initiation, sentimental education and shattered illusions, and unconditional love.

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The Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford St.
Houston, TX 77006


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