The Galtellì Literary Prize
The village of Galtellì, Sardinia, launched an international prose contest dedicated to the great Sardinian writer Grazia Deledda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926, who set her masterpiece Canne al Vento, or Reeds in the Wind, right in Galtellì.
Publication of a book including finalist and shortlisted submissions is on the process and will be available for the public during this year.
The Galtellì Literary Prize is a biennial event and the next edition is scheduled for October 2017.
The Winner is Eliana Ramage
The international jury decided to reward Eliana Ramage because feel that the author has embodied the essence of Deleddiano thought in her story The Welfare of Baby D – family, sense of belonging, cultural identity and the elusive nature of “home” – making these its themes, with great ability and art.
In the able exploration that Ramage has presented the identity of a young girl caught between her American and British native environments, we found the universal reflection of the Deledda work. Also, since the locations and the time of the story of “The Welfare of Baby D” are very different from those in the “Canne al Vento“, we believe that these two works are reflected in each other in a very evocative manner.
Grazia Deledda was born in Nuoro in 1871 and died in Rome in 1936. Almost an autodidact, she devoted her life to describing Sardinia and the Sardinian populace between the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, portraying their harsh lives and combining the imaginary and the autobiographical.
The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to her “for her idealistically inspired writings which with plastic clarity picture the life on her native island and with depth and sympathy deal with human problems in general.”
Her works include famous books such as Elias Portolu, Cenere (which was the inspiration for a silent movie with the iconic Italian actress Eleonora Duse), L’Edera, La Madre (The Mother, of which D. H. Lawrence wrote a famous introduction) and the already mentioned Canne al Vento. Cosima, a semi-autobiographic account, was published posthumously. Her masterpieces have been translated into dozens of languages, Chinese included.
Galtellì (Garteddi in Sardinian) is a beautiful village in the Province of Nuoro, Sardinia, located about 80 km from the airport of Olbia.
Galtellì was a historic episcopal see, in the current diocese of Nuoro, in the territory of the ancient sentence of Gallura and, in particular, in the territory of the Barony. It has an important heritage of historical, cultural and environmental resources and is one of the better-preserved historic centres in Sardinia, with low whitewashed houses with patios and loggias. Galtellì has numerous churches, the ethnographic museum and the Literary Park dedicated to Grazia Deledda. The cathedral of Saint Peter houses a cycle of Romanesque frescoes. The proximity to the sea (Galtellì is only 9km from the Gulf of Orosei) makes the town a destination point for those staying on the coast, but visitors also attend the numerous events and cultural initiatives that take place year round. The innovative concept of “albergo diffuso” or widespread hotel, a structure of more than 100 rooms in the villages with centralised services (reception, workshop rooms, offices, auditorium, amphitheatre, etc.) is another appealing characteristic.
Galtellì is a municipality listed in four important national lists: Borghi Autentici d’Italia (Genuine Villages of Italy), Parchi Letterari d’Italia (Literary Parks of Italy), Bandiera Arancione (Orange Flag, a touristic and environmental quality mark by Touring Club of Italy) and Legambiente Turismo, which promotes the development of good strategies and practices for the sustainable tourism by setting up a new way of discovering and living in Italian places.
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