With her book Stefania Auci shows the world that Sicily is not only mafia and criminality, but also history, architecture and ancient traditions.
This historical fiction work is a portrayal of the Florios, historic family from Palermo who went from having nothing to becoming rich and influential, reflecting a piece of Sicily’s history and spanning decades from 1799 – 1868. Leaving a small village in Calabria to the city life in Palermo, Sicily, Paolo, his wife Giuseppina, and his brother Ignazio begin their family’s legacy. This is a true rags to riches story as they move over the years from poverty to riches to power. From selling spices to apothecary to shipping wine and more, this family firmly forges their place in Sicilian history. We see Palermo change hands of various powers, including Napoleon’s France, the Bourbons and the Kingdom of Naples and the two Sicilies, and finally, Garibaldi’s Red shirts. But the novel does more than reflect the history, it has complex characters and relationships – between husbands and wives, fathers and their children, mothers and their sons, between brothers.
The course will enhance the students’ vocabulary and familiarity with idiomatic expressions, and will emphasize reading comprehension, translation skills, recognition and collaborative learning while exploring contemporary Italian literature. Expand your vocabulary, review grammar and learn new narrative tenses while reading Stefania Auci’s I Leoni di Sicilia.
The course is offered staring October 7th:
Wednesdays 11:00am and 12:00pm ET
Take five sessions, 60-min each for CAD$255 + HST (USD$200)
We recommend this program to students who have completed Corso Mazzini or equivalent level (B1).