“Zlatan. Un viaggio dove comincia il mito”

“Zlatan. Un viaggio dove comincia il mito” is a graphic novel by Paolo Castaldi, published by Feltrinelli Editore.

Zlatan Ibrahimović is best known by football fans around the world for his talent and rebellious character. He grew up in Rosengård, a difficult neighborhood in Malmö where immigrants from all over Europe meet. In this graphic novel, Paolo Castaldi chose to tell Zlatan’s youth, his first years of training, family conflicts and the first matches in the big football teams.Paolo Castaldi even spent a period in Rosengård to write and draw “Zlatan”. He visited the places frequented by the football player and he listened to the people who still live in the neighborhood. His graphic novel could in fact be considered halfway between biography and graphic journalism: it is both a reality comic and a reportage in search of the origins of Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Here you can also watch the book trailer: https://bit.ly/3e28B0

Will this comic be published in Sweden as well? Every year the C.M. Lerici Foundation offers grants to Swedish (and Italian) publishing houses. Interested? Check on our website!

Marco Baruzzo at Svenska barnboksinstitutet

Despite the ongoing pandemic, many Italian and Swedish students and researchers are starting to work on their projects abroad.

Today we are glad to present you Marco Baruzzo, student of Scandinavian Studies in the Language Sciences Master course at Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia.

He is doing a four weeks research for his master’s thesis project at Svenska barnboksinstitutet (The Swedish Institute’s for Children’s Books) in Stockholm.

Thanks to the knowledges gained with his bachelor’s thesis – the analysis of Inger Edelfeldt’s debut novel “Duktig pojke!” (1983) – his study will focus on the way all sexualities and sexual orientations are dealt with in children’s and youth literature. The idea is to read and do a comparative investigation on some recent children’s and youth book, mostly in Sweden but also in Danish and Norwegian.

What are the main trends within the recent “rainbow literature” for children and young people in Scandinavia, especially in Sweden? How are norm-critical sexualities presented to young readers? What kind of language and style do the writers use? Is there actually a boundary between children’s and adult literature?

We will ask these questions to Marco Baruzzo in the next days, so… Stay tuned! 😉

Friday Reading Tips – Why Read the Classics?

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Why Read the Classics?

This is not only a good question, but also the title of a wonderful, stimulating book by the Italian author Italo Calvino.

Calvino defends the great literature’s value starting by defining which are the classics:

“The classics are those books about which you usually hear people saying: ‘I’m rereading…’, never ‘I’m reading…’”.

In 36 essays, he discusses the Western literature’s canon through the works of Homer, Defoe, Galileo, Stendhal, Dickens, Hemingway, and many others.

The book was also translated in Swedish as part of the series “Carta d’Italia”, that promotes the Italian literature in Sweden by publishing some of the 20th Century’s masterpieces.

“Varför Läsa Klassikerna” was published by Istituto Italiano di Cultura “C.M. Lerici” thanks to the C.M. Lerici Foundation grant.

Elsa Morante – “Lo Scialle Andaluso” / “Den andalusiska sjalen”

Elsa Morante

Which is the best way to celebrate the birth anniversary of Elsa Morante?

Reading one of her books!

Today we are reading “Lo Scialle Andaluso” (“Den andalusiska sjalen”), a collection of stories published in Sweden as “Den Andalusiska Sjalen” by Italienska Kulturinstitutet in 2012, with the support of the C.M. Lerici Foundation.

Elsa Morante was one of the most important voices of the Italian contemporary literature. In her books, she told the 20th century history of Italy. She is best known for her novel “L’isola di Arturo” (1957) (“Arturos ö”, Bonnier 1959), that won the Strega Prize. In 1974 Morante published “La storia” (“Historien”, Norstedt 1979), a book about the events surrounding Rome during World War II, that was listed in the Bokklubben World Library List of 100 Best Books of All Time.

Swedish higher education


Schools and universities are going to start again in Sweden, but what do you know about Swedish higher education?

Sweden is known as an innovative country, where great importance is given to higher education and research.

There are 14 public universities and 17 public university colleges in Sweden, besides independent higher education’s institutions, such as Stockholm School of EconomicsChalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and Jönköping University.

The language is not a problem. In fact, Sweden is recognised as one of the top countries in the world for non-native speakers of English and students are able to use English both inside and outside the universities, in their academic courses as in their social life.

If you are working on a project that involves Sweden, you could spend a period in one of the Swedish universities or institutions to develop your research.

Every year C.M. Lerici Foundation offers scholarships to Swedish and Italian citizens in order to promote the cultural and scientific exchange.

If you are interested to apply, check on our website!

Paolo Cognetti – Utan att någonsin nå toppen: min vandring i Himalaya, Contempo 2019


Finally the weekend is ahead of us and so it is time for Reading Tips!

In the end I really went there, in the Himalayas. Not to climb the peaks, as I dreamed when I was a child, but to explore the valleys“.

After the success of “Le otto montagne”/”De åtta bergen” and the literature award Premio Strega in 2017, Paolo Cognetti returns to the mountains with a new poetic novel.

Utan att någonsin nå toppen: min vandring i Himalaya” is the illustrated and detailed story of the journey that the Italian author made at the end of his fortieth year of age together with his friends Nicola Magrin, who is a painter, Remigio, who has always lived in the Alps where Cognetti usually spends many months every year, and a group of men and animals.

The novel was published in Sweden by Contempo in 2019, with the support of C.M. Lerici Foundation.

Back to work!


After some days of vacation, we are back to work!

It could be difficult to return to everyday life, but we are ready for new exciting projects.

Even in these difficult times, in fact, we have received a lot of interesting applications about projects that are going to start within the next months. C.M. Lerici Foundation will support students and researchers during their journeys in Sweden or Italy.

The new call for scholarships will be open again from 1st December 2020 to 31st January 2021.

If you have a scientific or cultural project in mind and you would like to know how to obtain a scholarship, visit our website and discover how to apply on our website. 

Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone

Today we would like to remember Ennio Morricone, who recently passed away. He was one of the most talented conductors and scores’ composers for the modern cinema.

Morricone composed over 400 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works.

It is impossible to list all the soundtracks he created, but he surely became a legend for the scores in the spaghetti western movies, such as the one for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), that is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history.

His filmography presents over 70 award-winning films, including all Sergio Leone’s films since A Fistful of Dollars and all Giuseppe Tornatore’s films since “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso”. He worked for different film genres and he collaborated with many directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Terrence Malick, Brian De Palma, Dario Argento, Roman Polanski and Quentin Tarantino.

In 2007 Morricone received an Academy Honorary Award “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music”, while in 2016 he won his first competitive Oscar for his score to Quentin Tarantino’s film “The Hateful Eight”.

Ennio Morricone is no longer among us, but his music will never die.

Arwu 2020


If you are thinking about studying in Italy, then this article is for you!

The agency ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has created Arwu 2020, a ranking of the best universities by subject.

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has collected data in over 4.000 universities from 90 countries around the world on the basis of 54 subjects from Natural Sciences to Social Sciences and the different engineering disciplines.

In this ranking, the best Italian universities are La Sapienza University in Rome, Padova University, MIP Politecnico di MilanoUniversità Bocconi and Università degli Studi di Milano

Read more here.

Premio Strega 2020 – Sandro Veronesi, “Il Colibrì”

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Dovrebbe essere noto, e invece non lo è, che il destino dei rapporti tra le persone viene deciso all’inizio, una volta per tutte, sempre. Lo sapevamo. Per un lucido, breve momento l’avevamo saputo, all’inizio, ma poi, per il resto della nostra vita, non lo abbiamo saputo più.

The winner of Il Premio Strega 2020 is Sandro Veronesi with his last novel “Il Colibrì” by La nave di Teseo.

Sandro Veronesi’s novels “Stilla kaos” (“Caos Calmo”) and “Det förflutnas kraft” (“La forza del passato”) has been published in Sweden by Contempo.

We hope to read the Swedish translation of “Il Colibrì” as well!